A few months back on went on a search for the next best e-commerce framework. Of course only open source will do and while I really like the Cartridge plugin for Mezzanine to say Cartridge is in it's infancy is an understatement. But other than Satchmo (who's ship seems to have sailed) there aren't really any good options from the django side. You're pretty much left rolling your own.
Recently I went looking for an alternative to Dropbox. I wanted something that was a little bit more in my control. As I've mentioned before I use Webfaction for most of my hosting needs. There are, in a word, awesome. You may think that Owncloud would be the logical setup step here and I did try that for a while. At first I thought it was great, then it would only connect off and on, then all the files in my internal folders were deleted (luckily I have backups via TimeMachine) and then it wouldn't connect at all. It just felt cludgy. I also tried out Bittorrent sync. That seems to work ok but I also wanted a web available copy so I didn't have to be at a specific computer to get my files.
For the past few years I've been deploying my Django projects to Webfaction with Fabric. Fabric is an amazing tool very similar to Capistrano for Rails that allows you to run a series of shell commands in sequence. While this is going to be a simple example of Fabric usage, it shows how it can save time.
Recently I've needed to create a development version of our Magento website so I can work on / break things and not break the live site. The phpMyAdmin in MAMP does not like large database imports though, as they will usually fail. This seems to happen especially with Magento databases for me. The simple way to get around this is to not use phpMyAdmin at all for loading the database. Instead, I've found loading it directly through mysql works and it's a LOT faster.