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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!


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.


Pile o'Tags

Stuff I Use

Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

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OSCON wrapups

If my scanty coverage of the 2005 O'Reilly Open Source Convention wasn't enough for you, check out these excellent, thorough post-show wrapups from Andy Oram at O'Reilly and Slashdot (though I recommend setting your score threshold to 5 as always, in this case to boil down a "Ruby On Rails Doesn't Scale" thrash).

The above were my two favorites from O'Reilly's general OSCON wrapup page; it also includes links to Technorati, Feedster, Bloglines, and Delicious tag searches if you want to read every last bit of prose posted about the convention. Also, you may find some of the presentation files interesting or useful, especially if you're an attendee with spotty notes.

Side note: the diversity of presentation file formats prompted me to do a rough count. In descending order of popularity I got: PDF (16), Powerpoint (13), HTML (3), OpenOffice (2). I expected more S5!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

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