...of the old phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
<p>Seti@Home worked fine on my poor, old computer when I first discovered the project and downloaded the software on July 22, 2000.
<p>On July 18, 2004, Seti@Home begain tossing up fatal errors on the three machines I had since added to the project. And so, I went to the SETI web site and downloaded and installed BOINC; running Seti@Home BOINC almost four years to the day I first started crunching work units.
<p>This time, however, on three different PCs, none with a processor running below a PIII, I immediately, I ran into difficulties. "No work from project", a newly-created account which wiped out my old statistics and started over from scratch, and a great deal of frustration as the messages returned indicated that the app would attempt to reconnect in an hour to try and get more work (with one message being returned that there was no response from the scheduler, and it'd try again in four days!).
Seti@Home ran fine for four years, crunching work units 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it was fine.
Seti@Home BOINC has been running for a week. There's been a few work units receieved, crunched, and returned between all three machines. More often than not, there's been no work to do, sever problems, and more frustration.
<p>It's disappointing. Having my PCs work on the Seti project was satisfying. It let me be a part not only of a world community, but also part of what I felt to be an important project. Seti@Home wasn't "broke", but they fixed it anyway, and now it doesn't work.
<p>I realise that there's always going to be transition problems when things go from one version to another; but the problems faced with BOINC are so frustrating that I've decided to end my participation in the Seti@Home project for now, and let my computers crunch data for the grid.org project.
<p>I truly hope the problems with BOINC get worked out, and I'll keep checking to see if they have been. I still believe it to be an important project, but I just don't see the sense in being part of a project that simply isn't working.
<p>If the problems finally get worked out, I'll be back, with more machines working on the project, but for now, it's just too frustrating.