Lachlan passed away in January 2010.  As a memorial, this site remains as he left it.
Therefore the information on this site may not be current or accurate and should not be relied upon.
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The Daresbury SkyScape of Glory!
Above is a Non-realtime example of the Skies Above Daresbury
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As part of Lachlan Cranswick's Homepage
(Presently at Daresbury Laboratory, UK - Near Runcorn/Warrington/Manchester)

(Daresbury Laboratory Skyscape Camera)
July 2000 Skycam Highlights
Started 21st May, 1999

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Some Highlights of the DLSkyCam

July 2000

This England

"This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
 This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
 This other Eden, demi-paradise,
 This fortress built by Nature for herself
 Against infection and the hand of war,
 This happy breed of men, this little world,
 This precious stone set in the silver sea...
 This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."

 William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1 
 (JOHN OF GAUNT (Duke of Lancaster) speaks)

For information on the kludges make this Skycam come alive?

  • The /etc/mtab setting on the local Indy /indydirectory/indycam nfs vers=3,rw,intr,bg,dev=c0001 0 0
  • The /etc/exports setting on the webserver
    /web_disc/ccp14/web_area/web_live/people/lachlan/indycam -rw,
  • The /usr/etc/portmapper security setting on the webserver to limit hacker portmapper/mountd/rpc probes
    (As run on initialisation in /etc/init.d/network. Do a "man portmap". This can be reconfigured and restarted without rebooting using Wietse Venema's portmapper utilties)
  • Then using Wietse Venema's portmapper program do the following sequence of commands to be able to restart the "IRIX" portmapper without having to reboot the machine.
    ./pmap_dump > table
    killall portmap
    /usr/etc/portmap `cat /etc/config/portmap.options`
    ./pmap_set < table
  • Also do a man ipfilterd
  • "For constant inside illumination, REM out the indyshutter script and try the following for setting up the Indycam: Run capture Then in the menu system: "Options" "Video Panel" "Pro, Indycam, Signal Controls" And manually tweak the controls so the balance, lighting is happy. When you exit "capture", this setting should be retained for when your script is applied."

This page originally started life from the webpage - on the World War I patriotic poem telling how "The Surreys Played the Game"

"On through the heat of slaughter
Where gallant comrades fall
Where blood is poured like water
They drive the trickling ball
The fear of death before them
Is but an empty name
True to the land that bore them
The Surreys play the game"

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