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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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7 posts tagged "ubuntu"

Window throwing in OS X and Ubuntu
Friday, April 29th, 2016
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Linux switch: update
Monday, July 13th, 2015
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Switching from OS X to Ubuntu
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
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Free to be, you and wmii
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
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A different kind of switching
Friday, July 21st, 2006
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The Open Source Desktop, Revisited
Friday, May 5th, 2006
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Ubuntu, I buntu, we all buntu
Thursday, November 17th, 2005
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