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.

Spam stats redux

My spam stats page was broken for a while, but I've fixed it. Looks like I'm rejecting about 10,000 spam attempts per day, which is significantly less than I expected given the rate of growth when I last checked the numbers a few months ago. It's possible some of this reduction is due to the fact that I'm no longer collecting spam via spamtrap addresses, with some of those addresses (which accounted for about a third of my total spam volume) falling off the lists of spammers who actually check for deliverability.

(I'm also still interested in the idea of aggregating spam stats from multiple sites, though I haven't heard of anything new since the last time I posted about that.)

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

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