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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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OpenOffice.org, sorta-Aqua edition

As of yestderay, an early version of OpenOffice.org for the Mac is available for download. Not the X-Windows port, but a step toward a full-fledged native application. Until this point, you only had NeoOffice if you wanted Aqua widgetry and a semblance of native OS X experience. NeoOffice is quite good, but it launches terribly slowly. Whereas this new build of OOo launches in under ten seconds on my slowish Powerbook.

Don't get too excited just yet; this is for tweakers only. Here are some of the problems and gaps they warn you about:

They forgot:

But if it's the next step in breaking the hegemony of Microsoft Office, I'm all for it. There's nowhere to go but up!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
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Comment from Kai , 3 weeks later

I'm testing it for a few days now, and it's fantastic. Everyone should take a look!

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