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.

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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

Spam Report

At least 236507 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

AntiRSI

All the keyboarding I do, on top of motorcycle commuting, means that my wrists work very hard. For the past couple weeks I've been experimenting with a program called AntiRSI which tries to keep you out of trouble by recommending short "micro pauses" and longer "work breaks" -- based on how much continuous keyboard/mouse work you have actually been doing, not just on the clock.

If your rhythm is such that you are naturally taking breaks from the keyboard, AntiRSI stays out of your way. But when the pace increases, it will pop up with a reminder. It's the ten-second "micro pauses" that I think are saving me. One nice design detail is that these notifications aren't modal and don't get in the way of your typing. So if you want to spend a minute or two deferring that "micro pause" while you finish a thought, go right ahead -- AntiRSI waits patiently, but doesn't remove the notification until you actually take that ten-second pause. When I get there, I take the opportunity to do some Bob Anderson style wrist stretches.

Ahh.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

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