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.

Pile o'Tags

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 236325 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

23 posts tagged "rants"

Email servers: how not to do it
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
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The iPhone keyboard doesn't suck
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
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Yegge's crusade
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
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Negroponte on not teaching Office
Saturday, January 6th, 2007
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STFU
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
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Johnny can too code
Friday, September 15th, 2006
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SourceForge needs help
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
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I hate those SitePal ads
Friday, September 8th, 2006
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QuickTime 0, Open Source 1
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
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Why the python.org redesign is good
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
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Linux will eat itself
Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
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Digg vs. Reddit vs. Me
Monday, February 6th, 2006
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eBay, fraud, filtering, and Web 2.0
Friday, November 4th, 2005
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Taxonomy of Bubble 2.0
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
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Death to QuickTime Pro
Friday, October 28th, 2005
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Product idea: Single-speaker iPod station
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
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Blog Usability Showdown: Me vs. Jakob Nielsen
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
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Is eBay doing all it can to fight phishing?
Friday, September 23rd, 2005
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3 comments

Signal to Noise
Saturday, September 17th, 2005

Hizzitachi
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
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Try, try again
Monday, September 12th, 2005
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Mac troubleshooting tips + bonus rant
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
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The support experience
Sunday, July 3rd, 2005
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