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.

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.

Elsewhere

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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 236610 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

Stallman Inside

I bought a new Netgear wifi router for the house today, to replace a crappy old D-Link that didn't really work with either my MacBook Pro or my new iPod touch.

A business-card-sized slip of paper fell out of the box when I opened it. It was a little GPL/LGPL notice, with a URL for downloading source. Digging further through the included paper I also found a three-panel insert with six-point type that has the full GPL text on one side and the full LGPL text on the other.

People who buy more hardware than I do may be more blase about this, but I'm not used to seeing the open source and consumer worlds overlap with such tangible manifestations. In the end I'd say I'm more of a MIT/BSD guy than a GPL guy, but as an open source advocate in general I was glad to see it. I half expected to see a little Richard Stallman action figure in there too.

Sunday, February 24th, 2008
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1 comment

Comment from Steve , 3 weeks later

As a Free Software Advocate I have to say I am pleased, but a little Stallman action figure would be cool :)

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