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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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Sony DRM news roundup

BoingBoing.net has an excellent Sony rootkit roundup, part II that is really worth reviewing if you're interested in this case. Here are the opening lines:

Cory Doctorow: It's been three days since the first roundup post on Sony's rootkit DRM and lots of new stuff has come to light since. Below is a timeline of posts since then, but first, here's the Sony debacle news that came in while I slept:

Now, all the news that's come in since the initial roundup post on Nov 14: Nov 14: Sony anti-customer technology roundup and time-line Roundup of Sony's misdeeds to Nov 14.

(Continue reading on BoingBoing)

Friday, November 18th, 2005
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Comment from Noah Morais , 20 months later

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