Just one geek's opinions and epiphanies

Hello Prgmr.com!


Well it took a few days, for good reason, but I am finally running Utahcon.com on the latest WordPress with a new configuration on a new host! The new VPS is from http://prgmr.com which is a Xen host. I am running  their $6/mo package which give you:

  • 128MB Ram
  • 3GB of Storage
  • 20GB of Transfer

It doesn't sound like a lot, but it should be more than enough for this server. I brought Utahcon.com over from Linode, where I was paying $19.95/month. So the extra $13.95 in my pocket means I can spend the extra on adding servers for the purpose of advancing my projects.

So what am I running on top of the VPS? Great question, here are the details:

  • Fedora 17 (prgmr.com image)
  • nginx (web server)
  • PHP5.4
  • MySQL (tried desperately to get MariaDB, but alas I had to move on)
  • Wordpress 3.4.2

As you can see I didn't need a lot of power under the hood to run a single blog (and I might actually end up running a few blogs from here). I had the site hidden at beta.utahcon.com but if you are reading this it is available through simply visiting utahcon.com or blog.utahcon.com (deprecated).

Moving forward all links to my blog should be sent to simply utahcon.com

All other sub-domains will be moving on to other purposes.

Thanks for checking in, and I let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Spotify on Linux


Now that I have a Spotify account I wanted to run the Spotify software on my machine. Although technically they don't support Linux yet they have a repo for Fedora available. However I found a small problem when trying to install it on FC15, it isn't supported, sorta.

Here is the repo file provided by Spotify:

[sourcecode light="true" highlight="3"]

[spotify] name=Repository for the Spotify client
baseurl=http://repository.spotify.com/fedora/releases/$releasever/$basearch
enabled=1
metadata_expire=7d
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-spotify

[/sourcecode]

When you install that repo file and try to update it automatically resolves to the baseurl

[sourcecode light="true"]

http://repository.spotify.com/fedora/releases/15/x86_64

[/sourcecode]

which if you try and go to in a browser returns a 404, it doesn't exist. This is the problem.

If you go to http://repository.spotify.com/fedora/releases/ you will see there are only options for 13 and 14, no 15 (or anything before 13).

The simple fix is this:

[sourcecode light="true" highlight="3"]

[spotify] name=Repository for the Spotify client
baseurl=http://repository.spotify.com/fedora/releases/14/x8664
enabled=1
metadata
expire=7d
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-spotify

[/sourcecode]

Technically it is NOT the right version, but it does run well enough under FC15 that I am not worried, and easy enough to fix when they have a valid client.

UPDATE: Spotify for Linux will only work on paid accounts, no free trial run here, and I don't want to worry about WINE, so I guess Spotify use will still have to wait.

My kids are geeks!


You know you wish your kids were sporting Fedora tats!

[caption id="attachment_288" align="aligncenter" width="332" caption="Isaac with Fedora tattoo on chest"]Isaac with Fedora tattoo on chest[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_287" align="aligncenter" width="332" caption="Madison with Fedora Tattoo"]Madison with Fedora Tattoo[/caption]