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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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The MacBook

mbpic The MacBook is out today. It's a bit more than an iBook replacement; for Apple laptop fans this single detail from the tech specs page says that loud and clear:

Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 1920 x 1200 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors.

Finally! Goodbye, unauthorized hacks.

At 5.2 pounds it's about the same weight as the old Titanium.

Avaiilable in black; Apple remote; 1280 x 800 display; MagSafe power connector; audio line-in; gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth 2.0.

Black is only available in the most expensive, $1499 configuration. The only other difference between that one and the $1299 model is their 80GB and 60GB respective hard drives. Apple could have at least pretended that they weren't charging a gratuitous premium for the one that looks cooler.

Still, I want one.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Comment from David Gammel , later that day

I love that they made the select button black too. Such style. :)

So, do you think they will come out with a 13-inch MacBook Pro or is this it?

Comment from Paul , later that day

I think this may be it. I perennially cling to the fantasy of an Apple subnotebook (under 4 pounds) but I don't think Uncle Steve is insterested.

They tweaked the MacBook Pro a litle bit too -- for instance it now has a glossy screen option.

Comment from michel , later that day

is a glassy screen a good thing ?

on pc it seemed to me a "false good idea" (nice to see but in fact very not good to use).

what do you think ?

Comment from Paul , later that day

My guess is that it adds some durability in high-abuse settings (e.g. schools). Or it's just trendy. Or both...

Comment from Tom Barnes , 6 months later

It's a very efficient iBook but still to expensive

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