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

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

The archive (page 2 of 46)

What makes a good developer?
Monday, July 27th, 2015

Linux switch: update
Monday, July 13th, 2015
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dpaste.com spot check
Saturday, December 20th, 2014
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How to install the open source application Darktable on OS X
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Switching from OS X to Ubuntu
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
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The standard unix password manager you never heard of
Monday, September 8th, 2014
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The story of dpaste.com 2.0
Friday, May 16th, 2014
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Creativity and Constraint
Friday, April 26th, 2013

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
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A different kind of URL shortener
Sunday, August 29th, 2010