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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.

2012-09-02: Day Two - Lets show some photos!

Aside from the usual swag collection, line standing, and confusion, I spent the day primarily focusing specifically on things that I'd already established interest in. Half an hour of Far Cry 3 was, for example, more that sufficient to get me excited for the upcoming FPS/RPG title from Ubisoft. And a chance to win a Nexus 7 tablet from Nvidia, just by playing a simple racing game? A no brainer.

We also attended the the Acquisitions Incorporated live celebrity D&D event, which was again hilarious. This time, unlike before, I was able to snap a few good picture, which I'll post to an album shortly, in addition to those I've collected from various other sources of the weekend.
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2012-09-01: Day One Summary

As to be expected, Pax begins with waiting, for hours, in a line. This isn't a problem of course; the excitement filling the air keeps even the weariest travelers on their tip toes. When the gates finally do open and all chaos ensues, I and about five thousand other people storm the exhibition hall with cameras, smartphones, and swag bags at the ready.

I'll admit, this year I hadn't done my homework. Aside from a few big name titles (Borderlands 2, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3) I had little idea what offerings would exist at this year's expo. I was pleasantly surprised.

One of the first unexpected titles I ran into was Far Cry 3. I've always been a huge fan of the original (FC2 didn't leave up to my expectations), so anything along the same vein is immediately interesting. The game appears very similar to the 2003 original, right down to the graphic style and setting.

Gears of War: Judgement was another surprise. I'... [Read more]

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2012-08-31: Pax before Pax: The epic pre-parties from Borderlands 2 and Microsoft

Last year was my first at Penny Arcade's Seattle gaming convention. As such, I felt that though I thoroughly enjoyed wandering the massive halls of the exhibition hall, there were some deeper elements of PAX I'd missed out on. These elements were, it turns out, the parties.

Our first 7:00 PM stop was an event co-hosted by Gearbox Software, 2K Games, Amazon, and Joystiq touting playable Borderlands 2 and an open bar. While the modestly sized Pink Ultralounge was a nice venue, the crowd in excess of 500 people made mingling virtually impossible. We made our leave by eight, and headed to our next event: Microsoft's invite-only "Atari Arcade" party.

This event was located at Still Liquor, a tiny bar buried on a Seattle side street. Immediately my cohorts and I identified this as a more suitable venue, and before long we had engaged in an interesting conversation with a Microsoft employee. This guy knew his stu... [Read more]

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2012-08-06: For those people experiencing the Window 8 web browser (Chrome) crash on Intel hardware...

My primary computer is an Sandy Bridge powered notebook with Intel and Nvidia graphics, a Core i7 2720qm Processor and 8gb of memory, currently running Windows 8 release preview. A common problem that I, and many other people as I've read, have been experiencing is what I've begun to refer to as the "slow crash". For me, this only ever happens when using a web browser, primarily Chrome. Here are the symptoms:

1. Chrome becomes unresponsive. You may still be able to click on tabs, but pages wont scroll/refresh.

2. If task manager is opened, it usually reports higher than average CPU usage. You will not be able to end Chrome's task. Task manager will them become increasingly unresponsive.

3. If Explorer or Desktop is opened, files and folders can be interacted with (selected) but not opened. This continues for about a minute.

4. If Metro is opened, tiles will be selectable (with animation)
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2012-08-06: Announcements of future stuff. No Dates or promises!

So like always, as almost an annual occurrence, I'm *officially* announcing some major things in store for the future of Catserver and the Catserver Networks "family". I just can't seem to leave well enough alone, can I?

First off, a point release to is on the horizon. No major design change this time around, just some tidying up. Unfortunately there's a massive amount of work that needs to be done before its back end is even close to being ready, which brings me to my next announcement...

Nebula CMS, Catserver's first official product. Designed from the ground up to support Catserver and similar sites, Nebula CMS will eventually offer Wordpress-like features and functionality all while being quick, compact, and highly adaptable. I hope.

Nebula Foundry, my forgotten portfolio site. I know it's been sitting derelict for over a year now, but I intend to change that...someday. Once N... [Read more]

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