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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Backstory: In the 1990s I did graphic design for newspapers and magazines. Then I wrote technology commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon.com, Chicago Tribune, and lots of little places you've never heard of. Then I taught photographers how to create good websites. I co-wrote a book (see below) along the way. Current story: I am helping turn a giant media corporation into a digital enterprise. Feel free to email me.


I'm co-author of "Python Web Development with Django", an excellent guide to my favorite web framework. Published by Addison-Wesley, it is available from Amazon and your favorite technical bookstore as well.


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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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