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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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PalmSource becomes ACCESS

Today, ACCESS, a Japanese company that acquired PalmSource (not to be confused with Palm, which... oh, never mind) earlier this year, announced that they will be absorbing the PalmSource brand. Probably a good thing.

I've been a Palm user for about seven years now, and have done my share of pontificating and pondering their fate, but I hadn't really read up on the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP). The summary on their website mostly made my eyes glaze over ("standards-based software architecture ... best-in-class ... combined technology portfolios ...") until I got to this part:

[M]ajor open source components of ALP include:

  • A standard Linux Kernel: ALP is based on a standard open source Linux kernel (version 2.6.12 and above)
  • An optimized implementation of GTK+: (The GIMP Toolkit): Popular open source framework and libraries for the creation of graphical user interfaces
  • Gstreamer: An open source, modular and multi-threaded streaming media framework
  • SQLite: A high-performance database engine commonly used in embedded applications

That sounds, well, hot. Maybe it's time to learn PyGTK.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
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