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

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At least 237143 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

7 posts tagged "history"

How I became a software engineer, 8-bit version
Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
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How did I get here?
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

I Remember the Web: altavista.digital.com
Saturday, November 14th, 2015
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The good old TRS-80 Model III
Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The Language I Will Kind of Learn in 2008: Smalltalk
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
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Remember the town of Half.com?
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

BASIC Computer Games
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
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