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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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Last fall I posted a blog entry titled "Serving Notice" about the inadequacies of OS X notifications compared to their OS <=9 predecessors, and about my hope that Apple would look to cool projects like Growl for interface ideas. Well, Apple is holding out on me, but good work on Growl continues and the list of applications using it is growing.

NetGrowler One of my favorites is the unassuming NetGrowler, a faceless app which uses Growl to display information about changes in your network connection. If you're a laptop user like me, often changing networks many times a day, it's nice to know the exact moment at which you've received your new IP; and if you deal with flaky wireless connections it's good to know whether that IP is real or "self-assigned" (i.e. non-functioning).

Not so useful for desktop machines, perhaps, but great for PowerBook and iBook users.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

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