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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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My Palm TX runs Windows 98

...at least that's what you'd think by looking at the User-Agent string sent out by the Blazer web browser:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; 
  PalmSource/Palm-D050; Blazer/4.3) 16;320x448

Embarrassing, especially for a Mac/Palm/Unix guy. I mean, if I did use Windows, I'd run something cool like Windows 2000 Server.

Thursday, January 19th, 2006
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Comment from Gene , 15 months later

Hello, silly....... That is talking about the compatibility of the Blazer browser, not the operating system It is used by web sites to tell the server how to serve up the web page to the browser for best handling and viewing.

Comment from Paul , 16 months later

I know why it's there -- it's still embarrassing!

Comment from Sparky , 2 years later

I am considering the purchase of a Palm TX, but am torn between that and the iPod Touch at the moment. I love Python and would like to be able to use Linux Apps on a PDA. I am not a gamer and am not really concerned about whether it plats movies or music all that well. I need something that leans heavily towards app flexibility. I'm thinking Palm might be best. Any thoughts and is Linux / Python easily portable to both ?


Comment from Paul , 2 years later

Sparky: See my old post about moving from Palm to iPod. Between the two, the iPod touch is the winner. As far as I'm concerned the PalmOS is dead. If you want Linux and Python, you may be happier with a Linux-based PDA -- lucky for you there are several good ones out there.

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