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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!


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, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

Spam Report

At least 237138 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

RSS tweaks

Just made some minor improvements to the RSS infrastructure here on the site:

  1. There are now feeds that allow you to follow comments on an individual post (look for the "comment feed" button).

  2. I created a minimal stylesheet so that feed-reader-less users will see something a little prettier and more informative in their browser if they attempt to view a feed directly. There's much more I could do here (with XSL for instance), but it's a start. This actually was the first time I'd ever written a stylesheet for XML content.

  3. More descriptive titles for the feeds themselves, so that if you subscribe to the main feed and a couple comment feeds they are easy to tell apart in your feed reader.

The obvious candidate for the next round of improvements is offering Atom and possibly RSS 2.0. I'm retrocomputing with RSS 0.91 at the moment.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

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