Photographing Stars and the Milky Way

Photographing the Milky Way

Photographing the stars or the Milky Way at night isn’t all the difficult. However, unlike most other areas of photography, whether it be landscapes or portraits, the equipment makes all the difference in the world, and it can get pricey. The reason being, there isn’t a whole light to work with, so you need to bring in cleanly, as much of it as possible. You accomplish this in two ways. The first being the camera body. A digital camera’s sensor is comprised of millions of tiny photo-sensors, which gather light…
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Pictures of Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is an incredibly beautiful 1,367 acre park in Colorado Springs. It was designated as a National Landmark in 1971. One of the more cool things about this park is that tourists are allowed to climb on the rocks, and with a permit, are even allowed to scale the rocks with harnessing gear. It’s extremely well kept and offers a lot of great paved walking paths. Because of this, the park is usually bustling with people, but I was fortunate enough to capture this shot when…
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Pictures of Old Farms

Pictures of old farms

Although Colorado is synonymous with beautiful Mountain vistas, the Great Planes have their beauty as well. Many of the old farms, now worn down and in shambles, bring back a haunting simplicity to the way life use to be. Desolate, arduous and lonely, they are relics of a time long past, yet captivate the modern day imagination of how things used to be without cell phones, the internet and grocery stores. About 40 or so miles east of Colorado Springs on one those roads identified by just a number is…
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DIY Greenhouse in Colorado

Colorado greenhouse

Gardening in Colorado can prove quite challenging, especially during the spring months when temperatures can swing 50°F from one day to the next. To complicate matters, hail is quite common and can destroy a garden in a matter of minutes. Even pea-sized hail can shred through the green leaves and pit most vegetables. This has happened to us the last few years and ultimately resulted in us restarting from seeds in June, which knocked off a couple months from the growing season. That’s why a greenhouse is almost necessary when…
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Polycom RMX 2000 – Reset to Factory Default

RMX 2000 factory default

Resetting a Polycom RMX 2000 to factory defaults isn’t difficult, but it was quite a challenge figuring out the finer details of the process. For some reason, there isn’t a whole lot of easily available information on the Internet. In our particular case, we needed to reset the LAN settings (IP Address, gateway, subnet mask), because we couldn’t remember what they were. Instead of just resetting the LAN settings, we figured we’d just reset the unit to the factory defaults. Our RMX 2000 was installed at a remote site as…
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Colorado Backcountry Motorcycle Ride

March is still a pretty cold month in Colorado backcountry, except as is typically the case, Mother Nature generously dishes out a few days where the temperatures are warm enough for a motorcycle ride. Fortunately for us, a couple of those days happened to fall on the weekend, so we decided to take a motorcycle route through the Rocky Mountains. The route we took was conservative, considering there was still a lot of snow in the mountains. Nonetheless, we did get a lot of off road riding in and didn’t…
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Won’t Show Up In WSUS

wsus

We had a problem whereby new Windows Server 2012 R2 servers won’t show up in WSUS, which by the way is on a disconnected network. The issue had to do with the deployment of a VMware OVA template for new Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machines. What we discovered was the SusClientId registry entry was the same for each system. Therefore, all virtual machines created from this template shared the same authorization ID. This caused a situation whereby each new server would overwrite the other, such that the last server…
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