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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.

Book

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!

Colophon

Built using Django, served with gunicorn and nginx. The database is SQLite. Hosted on a FreeBSD VPS at Johncompanies.com. Comment-spam protection by Akismet.

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Stuff I Use

bitbucket, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, Markdown, Mercurial, OS X, Python, Review Board, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux

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60 posts tagged "open source"

The standard unix password manager you never heard of
Monday, September 8th, 2014
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iPod touch: holding steady
Friday, October 17th, 2008
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DjangoProjectLauncher?
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
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Toolbot.com source code available on request
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
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Django Mercurial mirror tweaks
Monday, March 17th, 2008
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Latest iPhone SDK bug reports
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
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Stallman Inside
Sunday, February 24th, 2008
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Open source bounties
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
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OSCON 2007, Day 5 (belated)
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
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OSCON 2007, Day 4
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
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OSCON 2007, Day 3
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
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OSCON 2007, Day 2 addendum: FOSCON
Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
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OSCON 2007, Day 2
Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
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OSCON 2007, Day 1
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
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OSCON 2007!
Friday, June 8th, 2007
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OpenOffice.org, sorta-Aqua edition
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
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One Laptop Per Child -- with Python
Friday, December 1st, 2006
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Microsoft steps up FUD campaign against Linux
Monday, November 20th, 2006
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PalmSource becomes ACCESS
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
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Songbird almost-0.2
Monday, October 16th, 2006
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Eudora goes open source
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
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Neelie Kroes vs. Microsoft
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
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SourceForge needs help
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
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Why Tucows bought Kiko
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
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Goodbye, SCO
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
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Mac OS Forge
Friday, August 11th, 2006
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OpenDarwin is (almost) dead, long live DarwinPorts
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
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Xiph, Ogg, FLAC, et al.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
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QuickTime 0, Open Source 1
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
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The Open Source Desktop, Revisited
Friday, May 5th, 2006
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Linux will eat itself
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
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Sparkle: automatic application updates
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
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Songbird, open source competition for iTunes
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
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Great open source apps for the Mac
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
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Web Inspector, a DOM inspector for WebKit
Friday, January 20th, 2006
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Hopeful news from the USPTO
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
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BusinessWeek somewhat confused about Java
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
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Wozniak pro-open-source comments
Saturday, December 10th, 2005
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About.com starting to move to WordPress
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
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SourceForge prettifying
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
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"Open Source" spreading, blurring
Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
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Simon Willison's EuroOSCON report
Thursday, October 27th, 2005
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OpenOffice.org 2.0 has arrived
Friday, October 21st, 2005

MySQL and SCO
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Burn all JPEGs?
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
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DarwinPorts 1.1
Saturday, October 1st, 2005
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Groklaw on Fox on Massachusetts and OpenDocument
Friday, September 30th, 2005

More OSCON talks
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
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Mining Monday: FreeBSD, KDE and Me
Monday, September 26th, 2005
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Massachusetts and Microsoft
Saturday, September 17th, 2005

OSCON audio: Linux in Search of the Desktop
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
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Massachusetts and open source
Sunday, September 4th, 2005

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Cyberduck, cyberdoc
Saturday, August 27th, 2005
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Go Beavers: The OSU Open Source Lab
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
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Camino
Saturday, August 13th, 2005
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Mozilla goes corporate
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
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Sourcemorgue
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
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Open Source Initiative at OSCON
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
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OSCON 2005
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
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Linux on the desktop
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
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