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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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Stupid Mac Tricks: Exposé Keyboard Shortcuts

After invoking Expose, most people use a mouse to choose windows. But it can be controlled by keyboard, too. After invoking Expose for all apps (F9) or the current app (F10), you can use these keys:

Once or twice I've definitely confused the window manager this way -- ending up with a foreground window with a greyed out title bar, for instance.

Also, if you didn't know, F9/F10/F11 work in "momentary" mode if you hold them down for about 1/2 second. -- when you release the key, Expose exits. Handy with F11 for taking a quick peek at the desktop.

This is the nerdiest thing I have ever posted.

Thursday, September 1st, 2005


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Comment from David Gammel , later that day

Good tips!

Comment from Paul , later that day

Thanks, David. May they shave seconds off your workday...

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