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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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Widescreen as Tallscreen

rotated A little-used new feature in the Displays preference pane in OS X 10.4 is rotation in 90-degree increments. I tried this feature out with the 20-inch Cinema Display on my desk. Novel -- it took me back to the old grayscale Pivot I wrote so many columns on in the '90s. A base that handled rotation would make it nicer. Also, the type and other elements onscreen just don't look as good at 90 degrees -- I don't know if it's the disparity in vertical and horizontal viewing angles, or maybe a change in anti-aliasing behavior. (Onscreen is top running in Exterminal.)

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
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Comment from Fazal Majid , later that day

The degradation in quality is probably due to the fact the RGB pixels are now horizontal and not in the orientation the antialiasing algorithm (which does sub-pixel smoothing) expects them to be.

Comment from john elemans , later that day

I use Viewsonic VP2030b and VP201b in vertical orientations and the results are excellent. It's great for editing and viewing web pages.

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