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About Me

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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With the help of Flagrant Disregard's "Motivator" maker and a photo from Wikipedia, I've produced this little poster to get you pumped up for your next big computer purchase. (Here's the full-size version.)

Thursday, September 14th, 2006
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Comment from Ian Blackman , 6 years later

Please may I use yoour obsolescence "motivator" image for a press article I am writing. If you are ok with that would you want us to reference you in anyway? Thanks in anticipation. For information I represent the Component Obsolescence Group www.cog.org.uk

Comment from Paul , 6 years later

Ian, by all means, use it! Thanks for asking.

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