E-Scribe : a programmer’s blog

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.

How to say you're sorry

When I came across this set of outage notices on the Google AdSense site tonight I couldn't resist turning them into a general-purpose, public access tool that apologizes for broken websites in 23 languages.

For example, let's say you're the webmaster for Happy Fun Ball Corporation and you accidentally overwrite the web server's document root while backing up your ASCII art collection, and it's the day of a global product launch. No problem!

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

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Comment from Billy , later that day

they all came thru but when saving it & then reopening it, 4 failed, cool idea though (yes UTF-8), thx

Comment from Paul , 1 week later

Thanks for the feedback. Not sure what the problem is there. I've saved and re-loaded the output in a Unicode-aware editor (TextMate) with no problems. It's possible I've done something wrong on the encoding end, though, so I'm open to suggestions.

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