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Welcome to Nebula Core!

Nebula Core is a privately owned an operated "cloud services" provider built and maintained by Victor Rossi, a hobbyist designer, photographer, and tech enthusiast. Nebula Core is the central component in a growing network of machines and services, and aims to reduce Nebula users' reliance on major cloud platform providers like Google or Amazon.

If you've got a Nebula account (formerly Catserver account), log in with your credentials in the upper right. Having an account allows you to access the full array of features and services offered by Nebula Core, and allows you to provide some feedback, if you see fit. It's pretty neato.

If you need an account, send me an email and I'll set you up. Due to limited resources, accounts are only provided to friends and family at this time.

2019-10-29: Someday I'll finish this project... but not today!

If you visit this site regularly (hi there, one person!), you'll have doubtlessly noticed it's been down quite a lot during the last few months. The reality of the situation is that NebulaCore's web services, used by primarily myself and just a couple other people, have taken a bit of a back-burner position to my desire to entirely change the way everything is set up from a software perspective. Around this time last year, I decided to commit to moving away from Windows Server as my primary host OS, mostly due to HyperV performance and stability issues, as well as complications using software like Docker under Windows.

I also wanted to try out something a little bit stupid, which is a very typically "me" thing to do, and try moving my main workstation into NebulaCore's hardware as a VM itself. This would allow me to save a bit on my power bill, since I'd typically only have the one machine running rather than two, and I'd be able to leverage the lar
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2019-03-05: New Nebulacore Wallpaper!

I've spent most of the day (so far) working on updating the Linux VM that hosts Nebula Foundry, NextCloud, Minecraft, etc to Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver". While waiting for things to happen, which there's been quite a bit of, I threw together a new wallpaper like I used to do all the time back in the Catserver days. The image in my mind while creating it was that Omnimax pre-roll video that played before IMAX movies at OMSI back in the 90s, and it reflects, in a way, the kind of design influence I've been feeling lately. Here's the video I'm talking about: Youtube link

Resolution: 6880x2880
Suitable for 4K and Ultrawide monitors. Click the image above to view or download.
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2019-02-12: Finally back online after the move! Now with improved speeds (and more)!

I've moved again. Finally, this time, to an area where gigabit internet service is offered... sort of. Unfortunately, while my download speed is now theoretically one gigabit (actual performance varies), the fastest upload available from Comcast is 40 megabit. Actual measurements show it closer to 50, but regardless, this is hardly blazing. Still, at over 20mbps faster than my previous service, this should amount to a sizable difference for some services, particularly Plex. Technically 2gbps symmetrical is an option here as well, though unless you guys want to start pitching in on operating fees, at $299 per month is not particularly reasonable for me at the moment. I think I've got everything up and running, but as always, let me know if there's something I missed.

In other news, last month I deployed a webapp to allow for password recovery of your Nebula Core services password. This still doesn't sync with, since this doesn't leverag
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2018-12-01: System Stability over the last 24 hours.

I have identified an issue with system stability when writing large files locally or over the network. Occasionally the system will hang or crash entirely when this occurs. Currently, torrent downloads are disabled until I can root out the cause.

In the coming weeks I will be performing another hardware refresh of the server in preparation for a move to replace some critical Hyper-V instances with VMs utilizing IOMMU. This will help prevent systemwide crashes in the future. A tweet on the official @nebulafoundry Twitter account will go out prior to this downtime. Expect services to be offline for 24-48 hours.
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2018-09-22: Fixing the Razer Blade Pro (2016, may apply to 2017 as well).

If you're going to drop $4000 (or more) on a gaming machine, it's safe to make a few assumptions about about your expectations. First, you might expect your new machine to look the part. The Blade Pro (and the entire Blade line, really) looks like a device that's worth it's price tag. From the black anodized, all aluminum construction to the glass-clad touchscreen with 100% coverage of the AdobeRGB color space, there's little that can match the massive 17.3" Pro in build quality. And this is before taking into account it's other unique physical attributes, such as the thin mechanical RGB backlit keyboard, massive touchpad, and almost ridiculous 99wh battery. Physically, the Razer Blade Pro certainly doesn't disappoint.

What about the performance, though? Well, both the 2016 and 2017 models equipped with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 (not the TDP-down Max-Q edition, mind you) perform similarly, with the largest distinction being their sixth and seventh ge
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