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 In the 1990s doing 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. Then I helped a giant media corporation serve 40 million pages a day. Now I work on a small Django team at the largest translation company in the world. Feel free to email me.

Book

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!

Colophon

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.

Pile o'Tags

Stuff I Use

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

Spam Report

At least 235584 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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