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.

My 2010 website refresh

So I finally got to a point where I could no longer stand the software I wrote to generate this website. So I redid it, it has a significantly simplified core and I swapped the old Zope-Style page templates for the jinja2 templating library. I like Jinja and I've been doing a lot of Django stuff at work, so it makes sense for me.

I also use some standard library modules where I had been using custom code before. It is always an interesting experience to learn about something like that, a little bit deflating though. :-)

I don't write the code for this site for any other reason than fun. I get to learn a bit and keep coding at my own (snails pace) schedule. Now that the code is all nice and shiny I wonder if I'll have to write more often, not that I'm promising myself anything.

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