These nebulae are known as the pillars of creation and they were wiped out around 6000 years ago by the blast from a supernova. They will still be visible as they are for another 1000 years, astronomers can see the supernova blast on its inevitable course.
Hey kids, I’ve been working on a little project in my (limited) free time lately, thought I’d share. I bought a telco rack in good condition super cheap off a guy on craigslist, scored a spare 3com 3300 from work and put all of my gear into the guest room closet so it’s all tucked away (except for the light humming noise coming from an otherwise ordinary looking bedroom closet I suppose) – I eliminated a lot of wireless stuff and ran ethernet throughout the apartment as even 5Ghz N can be a little hit or miss in a large complex full of wireless networks like where I’m at, so I have ethernet runs for the WDTV’s, 360, Blu-ray, printer etc.
From top to bottom: Dell LCD, “NTGR” Netgear WNDR 3700 dual band N router with GigE, Motorola cable modem, Linksys VoIP ATA, “STR-MS” Netgear Stora NAS with 4TB storage currently running JBOD, 24-port Cat6 patch panel, 3Com Superstack 3300XM 24-port managed switch, Netgear 5-port GigE switch, spare 24-port unmanaged switch, “DLL-BT” Dell torrent box running Ubuntu 11.04 on the right, “DLL-FS” Dell box on the left that I think I’m going to turn into a small file server or play with some VPN stuff on, currently has 2TB of storage running Server 2003 although I may load up Slackware or another distro as I get off on the idea of having a Windows free network at home.
We dropped cable TV last year and have been streaming downloaded stuff from a couple WDTV Live+ HD boxes in our living room and bedroom so the torrent box downloads/seeds constantly and the Stora NAS is used exclusively for streaming media now. I had bought a nice little rack mountable IBM 1U eServer from a local computer shop but the thing is so loud and puts off so much heat that I decided to use it for something at work instead. I did end up mounting a small desk fan at the top of the rack to keep air moving around in the closet, it works.