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.

No Plagiarism Here, Buddy

I habitually check my logs, mainly because I'm very interested in who comes to read this site and how they get here. I enjoy seeing some of the articles I've written, like the taglib tutorial be of use to people and I like to see what google (and yahoo, etc.) queries bring folks here.

So today I discovered the existence of It has a google-style interface for scanning the web looking for plagiarized pages. This kind of disturbs me... not that I feel everything on the web should be up for grabs but I do think sharing's important (else, I wouldn't CC license this site by default). But the fact that people actually wrote a site to find 'em, well it seems kind of kooky to me.

What really bugged me until I duplicated the query, was that someone had hit my site, after visiting that search engine. I sure as hell wasn't copying anyones site. So, why in the world was I showing up as a "copy" for some random xanga blog? As it turns out, my little yahoo results box for my site status page picked up a shut-down xanga blog. Which, apparently is enough to make this dumb copyscape site pick me up in its listings for a different shut-down xanga blog.

Real classy guys. Why not show google cache pages while you're at it. :-P

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