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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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A lot of people who want to switch from Safari choose Firefox. There are some great reasons to do that, like the web developer toolbar. But ironically, I think a lot of Firefox's Mac mindshare is a side effect of the gains it's making (for good reasons) on Windows IE. Clearly it's the best choice for most Windows users and most Linux/Unix desktops as well. But on the Mac there are other good ones.

I've been using Camino as my main browser for a couple months now. Camino is sort of a forgotten browser on OS X, but for me it is the best available combination of a nice UI (pure Aqua), standards compliance (Gecko), and open source. Plus it doesn't suffer from Safari's weird performance glitches with long bookmark lists and with autofill. Check Camino Update to gauge momentum. They're shooting for a 1.0 release this fall.

Saturday, August 13th, 2005
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Comment from Carlo Zottmann , later that day

I would change to Camino from Firefox any minute IF the browser would allow me to use or write extensions for it.

Comment from Paul Bissex , later that day

Yeah. The functionality and developer buzz would be nice. We do have some customization options in the form of CamiTools. (Which also demonstrates that one can write extensions, it's just harder!)

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