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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Backstory: In the 1990s I did graphic design for newspapers and magazines. Then I wrote technology commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon.com, Chicago Tribune, and lots of little places you've never heard of. Then I taught photographers how to create good websites. I co-wrote a book (see below) along the way. Current story: I am helping turn a giant media corporation into a digital enterprise. Feel free to email me.

Book

I'm co-author of "Python Web Development with Django", an excellent guide to my favorite web framework. Published by Addison-Wesley, it is available from Amazon and your favorite technical bookstore as well.

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Built using Django, served with gunicorn and nginx. The database is SQLite. Hosted on a FreeBSD VPS at Johncompanies.com. Comment-spam protection by Akismet.

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bitbucket, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, Markdown, Mercurial, OS X, Python, Review Board, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux

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A different kind of switching

During the same period that I thought I'd be playing a lot with an old Dell laptop running Ubuntu Linux (but haven't), several notable Apple fans have made, or are seriously and publicly considering making, the jump from OS X to open-source operating systems like Ubuntu.

Mark Pilgrim led the way. (He does work for IBM, though he's gotten remarkably few snide remarks about that in the comments.)

Cory Doctorow is talking like he's about to do it as well. Cory has a Mac tattooed on his bicep, but that might not last either.

Tim Bray also seems ready. Some kind of XML-based conspiracy between him and Mark no doubt.

John Gruber is not switching, but has some thoughtful comments. My favorite:

I'm deeply suspicious of Mac users who claim to be perfectly happy with Mac OS X. Real Mac users, to me, are people with much higher standards, impossibly high standards, and who use Macs not because they're great, but because they suck less than everything else.

Jason Kottke expands on early adopters, canaries, and coal mines.

Tim O'Reilly mulls it over. With graphs.

Friday, July 21st, 2006
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