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!


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Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

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21 posts tagged "intellectual property"

My 100x ROI as accidental domain speculator
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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Stallman Inside
Sunday, February 24th, 2008
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Steve Jobs to Music Industry: Drop DRM
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
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Songbird almost-0.2
Monday, October 16th, 2006
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International Freedom From Stupid Software Patents Day
Sunday, October 1st, 2006
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Goodbye, SCO
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
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"Free" music from Universal
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Yahoo offers DRM-free music, sort of
Friday, July 21st, 2006
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Xiph, Ogg, FLAC, et al.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
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Songbird, open source competition for iTunes
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
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Unclear on the concept, installment #7,423
Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Hopeful news from the USPTO
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Holy hot-headed hippies, Batman
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005


Texas Justice
Monday, November 21st, 2005

Sony DRM news roundup
Friday, November 18th, 2005
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Sony gets spanked
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
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The fall of Sony
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
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A modest proposal for the recording industry
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Burn all JPEGs?
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
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Magnatune works
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

DRM Explained
Monday, September 5th, 2005
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