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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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Mercurial 1.0 released

Very cool news -- Mercurial 1.0 has been released. See the announcement and the site for details. There are no earth-shaking individual changes in this release, just a long list of improvements that have been made since 0.9.5.

One of the new features is easy_install friendliness, so assuming you've got that installed, getting the new version of Mercurial is as easy as:

$ sudo easy_install http://www.selenic.com/mercurial/release/mercurial-1.0.tar.gz

If you want to be kind to the server, since it's getting pounded today, you can do this instead in order to make your request via the Coral CDN:

$ sudo easy_install http://www.selenic.com.nyud.net/mercurial/release/mercurial-1.0.tar.gz

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
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