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Rosetta Lauched

Posted by baffa on Mar 03, 2004 - 12:18 PM
From 2 March 2004 ESA press release: "Rosetta cometary probe has been successfully launched into an orbit around the Sun, which will allow it to reach the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014 after three flybys of the Earth and one of Mars."

New release of Scisoft

Posted by baffa on Feb 24, 2004 - 09:26 AM
A new release of Scisoft for Linux is now available. The latest version, Scisoft v5, is only available for Linux Redhat 9.x. Scisoft is a project within ESO to provide a collection of astronomical software utilities, mostly public domain tools, in a uniform way at all four ESO sites. It is also available, on request, to the general astronomical community.

A live Windows CD

Posted by baffa on Feb 20, 2004 - 12:00 AM
A Knoppix-like live Windows bootable CD (or DVD) is now possible using Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD. It's basically an expansion of the Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment) idea and allows anyone to make a bootable CD using their own Windows XP/2K3 media.

Windows Source Code Leaks

Posted by baffa on Feb 18, 2004 - 12:05 PM
Starting in Neowin, many news sites reported that some Windows 2000 and Windows NT source code has been leaked to the internet.Few days later, an exploit based on the Win2K available code hit internet.

Astronomical Data Analysis - III

Posted by baffa on Feb 15, 2004 - 05:00 AM
February 28th is the registration deadline for the third meeting on Astronomical Data Analysis which will be held from April 29th 2004 to May 1st 2004 at Sorrento, Italy.

Using Linux 2.6

Posted by baffa on Feb 09, 2004 - 12:35 PM
William von Hagen, a long time linux writer, published the first of a series of articles on using the new Linux 2.6 kernel. This looks to be a good thing for anyone who plans to migrate to Linux 2.6,

New VLT Milestone.

Posted by baffa on Feb 03, 2004 - 03:50 PM
A new telescope, known as Auxiliary Telescope no. 1 (AT1), has just been installed at the Paranal Observatory (Chile) near the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT).
The new telescope forms part of the VLT Interferometer (VLTI). It has a main mirror of 1.8-m diameter and is installed in a compact dome. This is the first of four AT's that will be installed in 2004-2006. When placed in different configurations on the tracks, they will enable the VLTI to operate with great flexibility.

Conference on Interacting Binaries

Posted by baffa on Jan 30, 2004 - 04:02 PM

Opportunity on Mars

Posted by baffa on Jan 26, 2004 - 03:37 PM
On Jan 25th, the second NASA lander, Opportunity, landed successfully on Mars. It seems that also the first lander, Spirit, is back on work. More info can be found on Spaceflight site

First images from Mars Express

Posted by baffa on Jan 20, 2004 - 03:14 PM
ESA's Mars Express, successfully inserted into orbit around Mars on 25 December 2003. The first high-resolution images and spectra of Mars have already been acquired.ESA press release is here.

Exploring the Cosmic Frontier

Posted by baffa on Jan 19, 2004 - 05:32 PM
The international symposium "Exploring the Cosmic Frontier: Astrophysical Instruments for the 21st Century" will be held on May 18-21, 2004 at the Max-Planck-Society's Harnack-Haus in Dahlem, Berlin.

The Initial Mass Function Conference

Posted by baffa on Jan 15, 2004 - 03:00 AM
The IMF@50 Conference will take place from May 16 - 20, 2004 in The Abbazia di Spineto, Siena,Italy, one of the most beautiful spots of the Tuscan countryside.

Some more life for Win98

Posted by baffa on Jan 13, 2004 - 04:38 PM
According to Zdnet Microsoft has exended critical bugs support of Win98, Win98se and WinMe till 30 June, 2006.Some analists suggest a malicious interpretation of the move.

Mandrake on a bootable CD

Posted by baffa on Jan 12, 2004 - 09:32 AM
From the Mandrake Linux site: The MandrakeMove Download Edition is a new (free) product based on Mandrake Linux 9.2 which provides a complete personal desktop operating system on a bootable CD. It exists also as commercial product (the Boxed Edition) which offer the capability to save configuration and personal data to a USB key, plus additional commercial software."

Grow of Apache use

Posted by baffa on Jan 12, 2004 - 09:25 AM
According to Netcraft, in 2003 the Apache HTTP Server went from from 53% to 64% of server share, while all other competitors remained more or less stable in the number of server powered. The graph are well explicative.
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