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 236509 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

27 posts tagged "risks"

Open source bounties
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
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Protecting the server with mod_evasive
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
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My first DOS
Thursday, April 19th, 2007
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Library of 1000 scammy spams
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
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Top 20 MySpace passwords
Friday, December 15th, 2006

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Uncovering dirt with Google code search
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
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International Freedom From Stupid Software Patents Day
Sunday, October 1st, 2006
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Spam, del.icio.us spam
Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
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4 comments

I hate those SitePal ads
Friday, September 8th, 2006
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MacBook wireless security exploit fracas primer
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
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I filled up my GMail box
Monday, September 4th, 2006
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2 comments

Comcast's blacklist
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
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Rails security hole hullabaloo
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
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Yahoo offers DRM-free music, sort of
Friday, July 21st, 2006
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Trying to send eBay a message?
Friday, May 26th, 2006
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5 comments

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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Dangerous installers
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
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Sony DRM news roundup
Friday, November 18th, 2005
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Form hijacking
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
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Sony gets spanked
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
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eBay, fraud, filtering, and Web 2.0
Friday, November 4th, 2005
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The fall of Sony
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
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The MySpace worm
Thursday, October 13th, 2005
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Burn all JPEGs?
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
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Is eBay doing all it can to fight phishing?
Friday, September 23rd, 2005
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Bluetooth Computer Thieves
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005