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About Me

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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Signal to Noise

Whenever I get one of these communiques through eBay I'm always astonished at the amount of extra verbiage. This one takes the cake, though. Only about 1% of the message body is the actual message -- the words "it's taken care of." Presented below in full, slightly reformatted and munged.

From:     member@ebay.com
Subject:    Re: Question for item #__ - __ __ __
Date:   September 17, 2005 4:03:09 PM EDT (CA)
To:       __@e-scribe.com
Reply-To:     __@comcast.net


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from eBay. 
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Messages. Responses sent using email will go to the eBay member
directly and will include your email address. Use the Respond
link below to send your response via My Messages (your email
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Important Marketplace Safety Tip:
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safer way to buy.

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without completing the transaction on eBay. If you receive a
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decline -- such transactions may be unsafe and are against eBay

Response to Question about Item -- Respond Now

Response from __
Item: __ __  (__)
This message was sent while the listing was active.
__ is the seller.
it's taken care of

Respond to this question in My Messages: 

Item Details
Item name:                             __ __ 
Item number:                           __
End date:                              Sep-19-05 15:34:28 PDT

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Saturday, September 17th, 2005

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