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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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12 posts tagged "media"

Podcasts I actually like
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
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Podcasting Antipatterns
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
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Steve Jobs to Music Industry: Drop DRM
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
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Friday, May 26th, 2006
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Songbird, open source competition for iTunes
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
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BusinessWeek somewhat confused about Java
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
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About.com starting to move to WordPress
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
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Salon turns 10
Sunday, November 20th, 2005
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Sony gets spanked
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
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"Open Source" spreading, blurring
Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

The fall of Sony
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
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Rob Curley, Newspaperman of the Future
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005