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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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As a Palm-wielding Python guy, I took news of the Python port for the iPod as another cruel slap. I use Pippy, but being Python 1.5.2 it's pretty limited. The increased power (and screen real estate) of the TX over previous Palms I've had has made me more desirous of having an actual programming environment. There are ports for Zaurus, EPOC, and Nokia Series 60 phones (which I mentioned last summer). It's sinking in that things aren't likely to change until the faraway Linux-based PalmOS arrives.

Time to start looking for a used Zaurus 5500 on Ebay...

Update: I was incredibly heartened to later come across this handhelds.org page which led me to this page of screenshots. Sweet! True, the screenshot does show a kernel panic, but you've got to kernel panic before you can run, as the saying goes.

Monday, February 6th, 2006

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Comment from Kevin Dahlhausen , 1 day later

That's great news. I've been a little depressed over what appears to be a slowing down of palm development ( let alone python on the palm). Progect and PDesk, the latter written in python, are two palm-related applications I use almost every day.

Comment from Winchell Chung , 1 day later

Nokia just came out with a Linux based PDA-like gadget called the Nokia 770. Python has been ported to this device. The big selling point is the screen is an amazing 800 x 480 resolution.

http://www.nokiausa.com/770 http://pymaemo.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/moin.cgi/

Comment from Mike , 1 day later

I have to say I recently bought a Sharp Zaurus SL C-3100 so I could fill my "python on a PDA" need. I put python-2.4.2, tcl/tk, tkinter, numarray, and matplotlib on it. Pricey, but quite a nice pocket workstation!

Comment from Paul , 1 day later

Excellent, thanks for the comments. From the little I know about the Nokia and the Zaurus, if money were no object I'd go for either one. I imagine at some point falling prices and rising desire will intersect.

Comment from Jeff , 2 days later

Python 2.4 on a Nokia770 is goodness


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