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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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Go Beavers: The OSU Open Source Lab

At OSCON I learned that just up the Willamette River from Portland, in sleepy Corvallis, Oregon State University's Open Source Lab hosts www.mozilla.org. Maybe you've heard of it. They also provide hosting and/or mirror services to Apache, KDE, Xiph.org, Debian, Gentoo, and others. In the early '90s I briefly lived in Corvallis and this just gives me the warm fuzzies.

Public universities have a long history with open source -- my server would not be what it is without Berkeley in particular -- but I don't come across a lot of explicit advocacy from schools beyond the level of individual employees or researchers who work on projects of their own volition. Public universities should be big backers of open source, I think, so I hope that OSU's example is inspirational.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

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