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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.


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Jumpcut is back

jumpcut I got an e-mail from Steve Cook today.

For a couple years now I've been using a great little utility Steve wrote called Jumpcut. It's what I call a "clipboard stack" -- it records multiple cuts/copies and allows you to paste them back out in whatever sequence you wish. And it does all this without requiring you to use the mouse -- essential.

(I was led to Jumpcut by a comment on this post of mine from June 2004. Thank you, "sal paradise," whoever you are...)

It would be nice for something like this to get incorporated into OS X proper, but I stopped waiting for that long ago. My favorite utlility LaunchBar still doesn't have this feature, and (flamebait alert) it wasn't worth switching to Quicksilver for.

Despite its 0.5x status at the time I found it very usable. At some point Steve took a break from developing Jumpcut, but I was hooked. For almost two years I've been running 0.53b, compiled from source.

Steve's e-mail today informed me that that he's restarting Jumpcut development, which is great. It's now a universal binary, and he says he hopes to "post a version soon with newfangled technology like Cocoa bindings that would have made my life easier had they been around in 2002 when I started the project."

Check it out at jumpcut.sourceforge.net.

Monday, May 8th, 2006
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