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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.
So I've played the tabletop RPG Dread a few times with my usual gaming group and decided to try my hand and writing a scenario. Not familiar with Dread? Well it's basically Jenga, but with backstory. You can read more about it here. It's a lot of fun, and allows for great deal of exuberant (and sometimes hilarious) role-playing without all the complication of a game like Dungeons and Dragons. My scenario, called The Forest Withers, sits firmly in the genre of "high fantasy" and tells the story of a group of young travelers who were sent by the elders of their village to warn of an evil plague that has begun to destroy the forest and everything in it. They have to get to the city and warn the powerful High Mages before the plague catches them, or worse. There's mystery, there's intrigue, and there's maybe a bit too much writing on my part.
2017-10-01: Dread Scenario!►
Anyway, if you are intere
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So it's been about eight months(ish) since I completed the latest build of Nebula Core Alpha, the server I host NC and almost all the related services on. Since then, I've nearly doubled the amount of resources required by day-to-day operations by setting up addition software, VMs, and all sorts of other fun stuff that I may or may not actually use. As such, I decided to throw some additional hardware at the situation. I've replaced my $20 Xeon L5630 Quad-core processors with the nearly-as-cheap Xeon L5640 Six-core processors, and doubled the system ram to 32gb. I've also added a second SSD to allow for more space for VMs, which should help out performance in some applications considerably. So hopefully this will take care of things for awhile, and allow me to try out some new things.
2017-04-07: More hardware upgrades, service enhancements, and PDXLAN!►
And speaking of new things, I've finally configured the VPN to work as it should have all along, so registered users can now connect and share network resources or conn
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It came to my attention that Nebulafoundry.com, hosted on Nebula Core, was getting hit with a botnet attack targeting a particular Wordpress file. The typical reason for an attack like this would be to brute force an account password for the Wordpress install, possibly to install malicious code that would turn my server into a member of the botnet. This doesn't seem to have happened, but to help mitigate further attacks like this I've configured all Nebula Core sites with Cloudflare's DNS proxy service, with a few exceptions that require direct access. This means you may have to change the way to access Nebula FTP, Remote Desktop, Minecraft, or other direct connect services. Generally, connecting directly to the service (directing your client to ftp.nebulacore.net, for example) should work. Cloudflare also works as a caching service, meaning page loads to static sites like nebulacore.net should be marginally faster.
2017-03-03: Botnet Attack, Cloudflare, and more►
I've also began setting up a new N
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SSL Authentication has been enabled on several nebulacore.net sub domains, finally. I'll need to make a number if changes to the main site (here) for SSL/HTTPS to work without breaking things, so that might be my next project. I've also fixed an issue that limited data rates to and from the server to a fraction of their maximum capacity, which should allow for a noticeable improvement in transfer speeds.
2017-02-12: Nebula Core Security Updates►
At the moment, SSL should be working on the following sub domains with a valid certificate:
- cloud.nebulacore.net (required for mobile app access)
Good night everyone!
2017-02-11: Cloud Storage and Server Updates►
I recently launched a web-based interface that'll let you access and manage your Nebula Core file shares, powered by Nextcloud. You can access it at cloud.nebulacore.net. Consider this feature as ALPHA at this point, as it's undergone very little testing. I've created accounts manually for Nebula Core's top contributors, but if you're unable to login you can contact me and I'll set you up an account. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Files uploaded via FTP or via local file sharing services need to be placed in /files to be visible by Nextcloud. This allows some flexibility as to what you want in your cloud share. Anything uploaded via the web is accessible immediately, but files uploaded traditionally are scanned in every day around 3 AM. I recommend using cloud.nebulacore.net for everything other than bulk file transfers from this point forward.
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