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About Me

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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Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

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OSCON Playtime

I have a hunch that the OSCON crowd has more than its share of people with nostalgia for classic arcade games. If that's you, check out the list of classic video games and pinball machines at Ground Kontrol, "the Pacific Northwest's best collection of arcade and home video game classics." It's just a stone's throw from Powell's Technical Books (who are offering a 20% discount with your conference badge, if you haven't heard). And it's cool -- hell, they use a private wiki to keep track of work on the machines. Play some games, have a beer, and reconnect with the world of proprietary software. I'll see you in the pinball loft.

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

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