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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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Palm/Mac sync woes

I have little to add to this but I'm sure glad it's being said somewhere as visible as The Washington Post:

Either Palm should -- finally! -- update its Mac software so it talks directly to Address Book and iCal, instead of relying on the obsolete Palm Desktop for contacts and calendar management, or Apple should put some more effort into iSync so it doesn't have this habit of dropping data on the floor at random times.

Or taking 15 minutes to do a simple sync, or duplicating records, or dropping categories, or being a damned CPU hog...

And what about Memo Pad? It would be dandy if iSync could bring Memo Pad content into Stickies or NoteTaker-style text files.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
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Comment from Paul , 4 days later

Ah, I forgot about The Missing Sync. Apple should buy it!

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