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 236431 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

60 posts tagged "os x"

Window throwing in OS X and Ubuntu
Friday, April 29th, 2016
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How to install the open source application Darktable on OS X
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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The standard unix password manager you never heard of
Monday, September 8th, 2014
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DjangoProjectLauncher?
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
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OpenOffice.org, sorta-Aqua edition
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
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DjangoKit
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
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6 comments

Playing with the Terminal
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
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What is the iPhone running, really?
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
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Photoshop CS3 beta
Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Widescreen as Tallscreen
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
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2 comments

Johnny can too code
Friday, September 15th, 2006
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Joel on TextMate
Thursday, September 14th, 2006
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MacBook wireless security exploit fracas primer
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
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Someday my bugfix will come
Monday, September 4th, 2006
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Mac OS Forge
Friday, August 11th, 2006
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OpenDarwin is (almost) dead, long live DarwinPorts
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
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A different kind of switching
Friday, July 21st, 2006
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Unbalanced
Friday, June 16th, 2006

Xiph, Ogg, FLAC, et al.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
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TextMate update
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
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Jumpcut is back
Monday, May 8th, 2006
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QuickTime 0, Open Source 1
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
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The Open Source Desktop, Revisited
Friday, May 5th, 2006
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RapidWeaver spamming vulnerability
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
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The dawn of OS X malware
Saturday, February 18th, 2006
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Sparkle: automatic application updates
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
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AppleWorks, R.I.P.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
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Dangerous installers
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
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Great open source apps for the Mac
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
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Google Earth for OS X
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
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3 comments

Textmate 1.5 released
Friday, January 6th, 2006
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Camino 1.0b2
Friday, December 30th, 2005
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Haxies considered... then considered some more
Monday, December 5th, 2005

Obscure "svn mv" problem solved
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
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PowerBook "Safe Sleep"
Saturday, November 12th, 2005
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TextMate: Bundles of goodness
Friday, November 11th, 2005
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TextMate: wiki bits
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
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LaunchBar 4.1 beta 1
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

WebKit screen-grabbers
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
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Useless script: View180
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
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Locomotive: Rails for OS X
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
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4 comments

Google wants Mac developers
Thursday, October 13th, 2005
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AntiRSI
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Ctrl-T considered harmful
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
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DarwinPorts 1.1
Saturday, October 1st, 2005
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Gruber on AppleScript
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
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Mining Monday: FreeBSD, KDE and Me
Monday, September 26th, 2005
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Unix for Mac OS X Tiger
Saturday, September 24th, 2005

LaunchBar Screencast (with discount)
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Try, try again
Monday, September 12th, 2005
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Stupid Mac Tricks: Exposé Keyboard Shortcuts
Thursday, September 1st, 2005

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Cyberduck, cyberdoc
Saturday, August 27th, 2005
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Mac troubleshooting tips + bonus rant
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
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NetGrowler
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
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PyObjC in, Cocoa-Java out
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
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Palm/Mac sync woes
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
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Camino
Saturday, August 13th, 2005
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Sourcemorgue
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
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AppleJack for OS X
Friday, July 29th, 2005

Happy indeed
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
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