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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

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

Open source bounties

Most readers are probably familiar with the fact that companies or organizations sometimes post "bounties" for open source products, or features, that they would like to see developed. Implement the thing to their satisfaction, you get the bounty -- and the community gets the code. Sweet.

A while back I started gathering references to these things, thinking I'd start a site that listed them, made connections between coders and sponsors, etc.

I'm never going to build that site, so here are all the links I gathered. Some will probably be dead or irrelevant now; some seem to be doing something similar to this central-index idea and may want to just slurp all these up. Go for it!

Bounties and bounty lists

Interesting to consider

Success stories


About brain crack

"Brain crack" is a term coined by internet personality Ze Frank to describe the addictive nature of holding tightly onto ideas instead of sharing them. I'm at risk. I have lots of notes and ideas for side projects sitting around, and a very busy life and day job.

So this is the first in what I hope is an occasional series of posts designed to get these things out of my head (or, in this case, my private Trac) and out into the world. I'm just glad to be getting that brain crack monkey off my back.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
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