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.

dpaste.com spot check

Once in a while I look at a sampling of recent dpaste activity. Partly I do it so I'm not totally out of touch with what my site contains. Partly I do it because it's just interesting.

And I do it to confirm that the site is actually used by people who want to share code snippets, not just spambots who fire their cannons into every porthole.

I just sampled 10 random items from the last week. Happily, no spam. Here's what I saw:

  1. An XML schema (mistakenly set to use the Scheme syntax; it actually almost works)
  2. Some CSS
  3. A pygments "Hello, world"
  4. HTML source for a Ruby cheat-sheet
  5. Some traceroute output
  6. A hunk of /var/log/dmesg
  7. An XML schema (this time using XML syntax; looks better)
  8. An annotated list of links
  9. Transcript of a short bash session
  10. What looks like a list of every file path on someone's system containing "Google" or "google"

What great variety! I love seeing what people use the site for. Especially when it's not spam.

Saturday, December 20th, 2014
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