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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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Unclear on the concept, installment #7,423

Various advertising blogs have been linking to the website of a firm called Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, whose splash page is nothing but a disclaimer (in Flash). It reads:

The materials on this website are copyrighted and are presented exclusively for viewing by clients, prospects, and employees. Before entering the site we ask that you agree not to copy, rebroadcast, or otherwise reproduce the work displayed here.

This is followed by two buttons labeled "ACCEPT" and "DENY".

I don't actually know what the site contains -- I'm not a client, prospect, or employee myself so I'm not allowed to look!

If you follow my link to the GSP site to see for yourself you should know that you'll be sending a subtle message to them via their server logs... assuming anybody there is looking at the server logs, which now that I think of it is a rather bold assumption.

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

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