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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.


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Ctrl-T considered harmful

Here's an odd bug in OS X's Mail.app: if the cursor is either at the beginning or the end of a message you're composing, and you press the keyboard shortcut for "Transpose characters" (ctrl-T) the application spontaneously quits.


Caution -- don't idly test this out right now if you have an unsaved message open. I know it's tempting.

MacFixit has a suggested workaround -- use ~/Library/DefaultKeyBindings.dict to disable the key -- but it's not ideal since ctrl-T has valid uses in other applications, like invoking spellcheck in Pico or Nano. Unless you tend to hit ctrl-T accidentally, I'd just leave it alone and wait for the inevitable patch from Apple.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

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