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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 237143 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.


When I left you I was the learner. Now, I am the master.  -- Lord Vader Once or twice a year I get an e-mail from Brainbench urging me to come take some free certification tests. Unfortunately, a lot of the tests are really out of date. I am currently Brainbench-certified in Apache 1.3.12 and Python 1.5 -- both of which were already 4+ years out of date when I took the tests last year. I think I'm proudest of my 99th-percentile "HTML 3.2 MASTER" certification. It's very Web 1.0!

Monday, November 28th, 2005

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