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.

39 posts tagged "site"

Back in Action
Saturday, September 27th, 2008

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Toolbot.com source code available on request
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
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Comment Spam Stats
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
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Make your own blog with Django in only 2.5 years
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
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I'm not spamming you
Friday, June 29th, 2007
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Twittered
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
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Protecting the server with mod_evasive
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
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Comment Spam
Thursday, April 19th, 2007
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Library of 1000 scammy spams
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
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Good web hosting
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
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Most boring upgrade ever
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
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dpaste.com update
Friday, December 29th, 2006
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Reverse game: Codegolf edition
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
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dpaste.com
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
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Blog flair backlash
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
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TextMate command for paste.e-scribe.com
Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
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Pastebin update: Pygments
Friday, October 20th, 2006
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Spam stats redux
Thursday, October 12th, 2006
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Akismet anti-comment-spam
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
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Moving the blog to Django
Monday, April 10th, 2006
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Baby steps with Ajax
Monday, February 27th, 2006
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"Reverse" game update -- my language safari
Friday, February 24th, 2006
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Site tweaks
Saturday, February 18th, 2006
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Well blogs
Saturday, February 18th, 2006
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Little updates
Thursday, January 19th, 2006

RSS tweaks
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
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New feature: "Related Posts"
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Mining Monday: A trip to 1995
Monday, November 14th, 2005

Mining Monday: embarrassing Google searches
Monday, October 31st, 2005
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Comments: Don't be shy
Friday, October 21st, 2005

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Mining Monday: Random Shakespeare
Monday, October 17th, 2005
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One-hundred-and-first p0st
Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Mining Monday: Ungreek
Monday, October 10th, 2005
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Markdown
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
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Mining Monday: the hardware collection
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
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Mining Monday: link.toolbot.com
Monday, September 19th, 2005

Comment spam
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
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Quiet Time
Friday, August 5th, 2005

Comments
Monday, August 1st, 2005

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