Introducing NINA: An astrophotography sequencing suite

I have been involved in a new opensource project over the past several months called Nighttime Imaging ‘N’ Astronomy (“NINA”). NINA is ground-breaking both in the hobby of amateur astrophotography and personally. An artifact of several historical reasons, the world of computer-controlled astrophotography is dominated by Windows applications. As such, Read More …

elemental.org now live on IPv6

This week, I worked with my colo provider and was allotted use of 2607:f308:7::/48 – 80 bits of IPv6 address space totaling 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 IPv6 addresses to call my own. That’s one septillion, two hundred eight sextillion, nine hundred twenty-five quintillion, eight hundred nineteen quadrillion, six hundred fourteen trillion, six hundred twenty-nine billion, one Read More …

Fruit Bat hitches ride on the Space Shuttle

I got this forwarded to me from a friend, who got it from a friend, who has a relative working at NASA:  Although we remained hopeful he would wake up and fly away, the bat eventually became IPR 119V-0080 after the ICE team finished their walkdown.  He did change the direction he Read More …

Portugal vacation photos

Photos from my two week trip to Portugal to see the country and attend Boom Festival are up. Various places in Portugal Boom Festival 2008 photos

About

Hello! I’m Dale Ghent, a Systems Engineer living in the Washington, DC area. I tend to focus on the illumos-based operating systems OmniOSce and SmartOS on a wide variety of x86 hardware. My experience with these, Solaris and other UNIX-like operating systems such as the BSD family and various Linux distributions stretches back to 1994. Read More …

Server upgrade time – elemental.org gets modern

After almost 8 years of running elemental.org mail, mailing lists, shell accounts, many websites (such as this one), database servers and essentially being a one-server ISP, the Sun Ultra 2 which ran all those things as lithium.elemental.org was retired and replaced this past weekend with a new server. Say hello to mercury.elemental.org. Mercury is Read More …