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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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MacBook Pro speed bumps

As reported at Gizmodo and elsewhere, the MacBook Pro has gotten a speed bump. The original announcement listed two models, 1.67GHz and 1.83GHz. Now, before even shipping the first one (they reportedly start today), those numbers have been bumped to 1.83GHz and 2.0GHz respectively, with a 2.16GHz configure-to-order option.

That makes the top about 18% faster than before; significant, but not exactly exciting (unless you're easily excited by this sort of thing).

What's big, in terms of sales psychology, is that they've broken that 2GHz barrier. The top of the line in Mac laptops has been in the 1GHz range for over three years, and even PowerBook diehards had pretty much lost hope of getting to 2GHz. (Correctly so -- given the name change, 1.67GHz PowerBooks like mine are now and forevermore the fastest stock PowerBooks).

Now, bring on a tiny one please!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
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Comment from Paul , 5 years later

Just wanted to note that, per my closing comment about wanting a tiny Apple laptop, Apple did finally bring it. Five years after this post, I'm the proud and happy owner of a 13" MacBook Air.

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