Monthly Archives: December 2013

More news — server move, new design, kittens.

This month sees a massive update to’s infrastructure thanks to our good friends at Bytemark.

Bytemark have generously donated us a ton of resources for including a new database server with super fast solid state disks, and a pair of load balanced high speed web servers for the site.

What this means for everyone else is that things are about to get a lot faster.

This does however mean that there will be some downtime for the site, during which time we won’t be accepting scrobbles. If your client is any good, it’ll cache those scrobbles for you, and when we come back online, your listening history will be sent over. Traditionally, coming back online after a little bit of downtime means we get a TON of scrobbles submitted to us, which slows the site down a bunch, so it’ll be interesting to see how well it works on the new setup.

Huge thanks to Matthew, Peter and Tim over at Bytemark for making this happen and their continued support.

In addition, we hope to launch the new design of the site at the same time.’s own Matt Lee and Rob Myers will be on-hand during the migration to answer any of your questions — grab us on Twitter or GNU social @librefm (we’re on if you use GNU social)

Oh, and we have a donations page where we accept all kinds of donations and high-fives and even Bitcoin (which we don’t know how to really use yet, so suggestions are welcome on that too)

Kittens? Here’s a GIF of a cat eating a watermelon.



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Support the Free Software Foundation when buying stuff on Amazon

So, this is pretty fantastic, especially if like me you buy a ton of stuff from Amazon Prime.

  1. Go to and sign in with your Amazon account.
  2. Search for “Free Software Foundation” in the list of charities, and pick the one in Boston, MA.
  3. Buy stuff on Amazon.

0.5% of all your purchases go to the FSF.

Screenshot from 2013-12-19 16:08:39

A great way to support the FSF and — the FSF is the host organization for GNU, and runs on the GNU FM we wrote, which is part of GNU. Phew.

PS. If you’re not following @librefm on GNU social (our other project) or @librefm on Twitter, you should do so.

PPS. Yes, we know Amazon has a lot of issues like Kindle DRM and doesn’t treat small publishers (like the FSF’s GNU Press) very well, but it’s a great place to buy large bags of candy, jars of Red Vines (Twizzlers suck!) and music by some of the artists on, which is another way you can support artists.

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