E-Scribe : a programmer’s blog

About Me

PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Backstory: In the 1990s I did graphic design for newspapers and magazines. Then I wrote technology commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon.com, Chicago Tribune, and lots of little places you've never heard of. Then I taught photographers how to create good websites. I co-wrote a book (see below) along the way. Current story: I am helping turn a giant media corporation into a digital enterprise. Feel free to email me.


I'm co-author of "Python Web Development with Django", an excellent guide to my favorite web framework. Published by Addison-Wesley, it is available from Amazon and your favorite technical bookstore as well.


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, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, Markdown, Mercurial, OS X, Python, Review Board, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux

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At least 235007 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

OSCON wrapups

If my scanty coverage of the 2005 O'Reilly Open Source Convention wasn't enough for you, check out these excellent, thorough post-show wrapups from Andy Oram at O'Reilly and Slashdot (though I recommend setting your score threshold to 5 as always, in this case to boil down a "Ruby On Rails Doesn't Scale" thrash).

The above were my two favorites from O'Reilly's general OSCON wrapup page; it also includes links to Technorati, Feedster, Bloglines, and Delicious tag searches if you want to read every last bit of prose posted about the convention. Also, you may find some of the presentation files interesting or useful, especially if you're an attendee with spotty notes.

Side note: the diversity of presentation file formats prompted me to do a rough count. In descending order of popularity I got: PDF (16), Powerpoint (13), HTML (3), OpenOffice (2). I expected more S5!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

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