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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!


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Good Listening: Pop!Tech

I found out about the amazing Pop!Tech conference last year when browsing through the archives at ITConversations. I was surprised that a full set of recordings of this fascinating (and expensive) conference were available for free. I still remember listening to Malcolm Gladwell telling stories taken from his then-unpublished book, Blink.

This year, if you want to be one of the first to get the audio files, you have to pay for them; $5 per session or $100 for the whole set. Otherwise, you can wait as they post them to their free archives over the next few months.

There's a third option, though: listen live while the conference is going on today (Friday), Saturday, and Sunday. If your schedule permits, I recommend it.

Friday, October 21st, 2005

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