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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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Mining Monday: the hardware collection

Microsoft CP/M Card There's a fine line between collecting and just not knowing when to throw stuff out. Sometime in the last few years I switched from the latter to the former -- in the realm of vintage computer hardware, anyway. Because the OCD aspects of collecting kind of freak me out, I don't get too organized about it. I like portable stuff; I like Apple stuff; I like stuff that's cleverly designed. I like stuff I've actually used; I like getting stuff really cheap on eBay.

With that preamble I present the hardware collection. If you've got any of the items on my wish-list, please get in touch!

Monday, October 3rd, 2005
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