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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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iPod touch: one week down, one week to go

My first week with the iPt has been a thorough validation of my decision to jump ship from the Palm platform. The things this new device doesn't do are still a problem, but the things it does do it does incredibly well. I won't gush over those because they've all been thoroughly gushed over. But anybody who thinks the success of the iPhone/iPt platform is primarily based on superficial factors of appearance or brand image likely hasn't used one for more than two minutes.

Here are some things I'm still wishing for:

There's no reason this all has to come from Apple. Friday is the deadline for them to make good on Steve Jobs' promise of an SDK in February. Since they're still linking to that notice from the main iPhone development page, I'm hoping that it really is about to appear. And I'm hoping that it isn't hobbled with excessive iTMS integration.

As long as there's a shell somewhere in there, I'll be happy.

Update: A BusinessWeek blog post says it's going to be late. Then a bunch of people comment and say stuff. I don't know what they said because I fell asleep while scrolling.
Update the second: Disappointed!
ipsdk Update the third: Today, February 35th, the SDK arrived. When the Apple site recovers from the onslaught, you can read more there. Looks like I need to upgrade to Leopard!

p.s. Personal note: February 29th is also Bissextile, the ersatz Bissex family holiday that happens only once every four years.

Monday, February 25th, 2008
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