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

Akismet anti-comment-spam

I've yanked out my own crude anti-comment-spam tests and replaced them with a nice tidy call to the Akismet API. If this works out I'll most certainly incorporate it into the Django version of the blog -- there's a nice Python interface as well.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
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Comment from seanrox , 4 weeks later

Akismet is nice and works wonders on comment spam as you'll see on your site.

The guys over at automattic.com really know their stuff.

Comment from Paul , 4 weeks later

It has worked quite well so far, with the exception of a rash of annoying ones coming in this evening (8/26). Akismet's strength is also its weakness -- spammers have a strong motivation to craft posts that fool it, since that gives them a magic ticket to all Akismet-protected blogs. I reallly should use the API to report all these false negatives.

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