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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.

2015-02-13: So it's been three years...and I've done nothing?

Yes. That is absolutely true. After my ambition waned, Nebula CMS (the system meant to be the core of the next major Catserver iteration) remained unfinished after months of work. Unwilling to simply build another functionally incomplete site, my work on Catserver (And Nebula Foundry, Phoenix Server, Veriblog...) ceased with it. That, in addition to a further focus towards my obsession with just "playing with hardware", lead to the vast majority of my web projects getting abandoned. If history is any indication, however, that wasn't to be a permanent affair and, as you can clearly see, here I am once more.

So, the question is, am I actually going to do anything this time? Well, probably not much. Here's my plan:

First, I need to build something that doesn't look so half-assed and dated. This will be Catserver.net Nebula Core, a very basic site serving as a services portal to my new, ultra low power home server (carrying on Catserver's tr
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2012-11-15: Battles with hardware migration, instability, and laziness

So I finally got around to upgrading my RAID-5 array to a dedicated controller - the Dell Perc 5/i, to be exact. As may be expected this in itself was a long and not entirely simple process, but on top of this the last month has been a disaster of server software and hardware issues, all of which have prevented me from restoring the Nebula Server to full functionality sooner. Fortunately I think I'm nearly there. If you've been waiting patiently for the restoration of key services (Minecraft, personal accounts, and so on...) you need only wait a tad bit longer. Sorry for the inconvenience everyone, I haven't forgot about you!
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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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