Birch Street Computing -

about me

John M is a Linux fan in Lowell, MA.

I work at at a company writing software. I fool around with Free and Open Source software for fun & profit.

I was big into and you can still see some of what I listen to there. I can also be found using github and recently sourcehut as well as bitbucket (historically). I don't care for most popular social media sites. If I have an account on one or the other it's probably either old and unused or was created just for tinkering.


Links to things I like, use, or otherwise feel is worth sharing. Things I'd like to see get more popular.

Nine Years

Well, it has been (approximately) nine years since I last added content to this site. I recently spiffied it up a little bit and removed some of the more unfashionable elements of the site design. I left most of it the same however, as the longer I looked at it the happier I was with it. It's certainly old-fashioned, in the mid-2000s sense of old fashioned, but it's my kind of old-fashioned.

The homegrown static site generator I use for it has been improved as well. Most of the time spent on it was just getting it working on Python 3. Very little else about it needed to change, because it does rather little.

I certainly do not promise much additional activity here but I have been hoping get my thoughts down in writing more often. I spend a lot more time communicating online rather than in person that I once did, that motivates me a bit more to try and keep some of my more common thoughts in one place that I can refer to later. This site could be that place.

I thought I might amuse myself a bit by creating a list of things I would have written about in the intervening years. However, this list would not make any sense to any poor person who stumbles across this site and so I will refrain from making that list part of a post. I might create some sort of list-of-ideas but I'll keep it private.

Every blog page or article on this site is available under the CC-BY-SA license unless otherwise noted.