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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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About.com starting to move to WordPress

Interesting -- About.com is moving to WordPress. I also learned from Matt's blog posting, much to my surprise, that they were using Movable Type before. It feels very significant that the New York Times Company is migrating its $410-million-dollar baby over to an open source content-management platform. The usual open source components further down the stack -- Apache, Linux, et al. -- don't have the same implications for feel and functionality that the content management layer does, and therefore this feels like more of a significant endorsement of open source.

If I didn't enjoy writing my own stuff so much, I'm pretty sure I'd be using WordPress too.

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
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Comment from Nelson , 12 months later

I dont think so...

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