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Message 730680 - Posted: 26 Mar 2008, 18:58:48 UTC

I know I promised my next post would happen quickly, but I'm an astronomer, and astronomers consider anything that takes less than a few million years to be quickly. I was going to post yesterday, but I got immersed in coding. Specifically fixing some compile problems in BOINC caused by the assumption that all the world is Visual C++, or Linux, or MacOS, rather than a mixture of all three and quite a few more. By the time I looked at a clock it was 7pm and time to pick up Angela and head home. After dinner, I did a trade study on the benefits of blogging versus having a glass of wine and going to bed. Wine and bed won out by a narrow margin.

It's been a good year for hardware donations. On Friday a box from John Galt 007 showed up containing an HP quad Xeon 2.8GHz 10GB server. Matt's working on getting it set up. This one is probably going to have a multipurpose existence as a web and download server and as our way into the lab from the outside. Right our login gateway is Milkyway (our former web server) an dual 450MHz SPARC with 1GB running Solaris. While a 450MHz processor might be fine for tunneling one X11 session over compressed secure shell, it really suffers when we all need to be logged in at once. A quad 2.8GHz should do the job much better, even if it's also acting as a download server. We haven't decided on a name for this machine, but we're considering resurrecting the name "clarke" in honor of our recently departed friend. The old "clarke" was also an HP machine, a dual 750MHz PIII running Solaris that acted as a database server for our Galactic hydrogen studies. Everyone should thank John and add him to your friends list....

Our old web host Milkyway's job is being done by another donated machine that arrived earlier this year. It's a 1U dual 2.4GHz Opteron 16GB machine that we are calling thinman. The donor prefers to remain anonymous, but I'll just mention that the donor has been very generous to us, and more recently sent us a remotely accessible KVM switch with cables for 10 machines. He/she knows who he/she is, so I'll say another "Thank you/you". Damn, I wish there were a gender neutral third person pronoun in English.

We've also gotten an offer to donate a few more, but slightly less capable, machines. If that comes through we should be looking good for the near future. Even at our maximum sending rate (currently we can hit 90 Mbps on our 100 Mbps link) we shouldn't be taxing the servers we'll have. So we should be good until we can convince a commercial donor to donate the equipment ($30K or so) we need for gigabit connectivity down to campus (and therefore the rest of the internet). Dan's been working on that one....

So that's it for now. I'm off to lunch with the crew.

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Message 731000 - Posted: 27 Mar 2008, 14:48:02 UTC

Great (good news) update Eric.
Very kind of the Donors, John & Anon. Good job the project has friends like this :)
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Message 731270 - Posted: 28 Mar 2008, 5:18:20 UTC


Thank You Eric for the News & Update - It is Much Appreciated . . .

and Thank the Lord for Participants like John with such needed Assistance - THAT is Appreciated also

< Here's hoping You had the time to enjoy your lunch Sir . . .


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Message 731584 - Posted: 29 Mar 2008, 1:34:06 UTC

Thanks for the news and update Eric. It is much appreciated.
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Message 733438 - Posted: 2 Apr 2008, 2:26:17 UTC - in response to Message 730680.

He/she knows who he/she is, so I'll say another "Thank you/you". Damn, I wish there were a gender neutral third person pronoun in English.


They know who they are? : )

(used with an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite masculine he or the definite feminine she) - dictionary.com's definition, it's as good as any.

Anyhow, thanks for the update! ...and if it were me, the glass of wine & bed would have won by a significant margin...
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Message 733785 - Posted: 3 Apr 2008, 2:43:56 UTC - in response to Message 730680.

Our old web host Milkyway's job is being done by another donated machine that arrived earlier this year. It's a 1U dual 2.4GHz Opteron 16GB machine that we are calling thinman. The donor prefers to remain anonymous, but I'll just mention that the donor has been very generous to us, and more recently sent us a remotely accessible KVM switch with cables for 10 machines. He/she knows who he/she is, so I'll say another "Thank you/you". Damn, I wish there were a gender neutral third person pronoun in English.


http://aetherlumina.com/gnp/faq.html
"3.4. Which GNPs are in active use on the net? Is there a standard?

Depending on how one counts, there are between three and five active groups. The two most popular seem to be "sie, hir, hir, hirs, hirself", (especially "hir"), and "zie, zir, zir, zirs, zirself". The latter apparently came into being after a German-speaking netizen objected to "sie" and "Sie", which in many contexts means "she" in German. Third and fourth, differing only in the first and maybe last word, are "e or ey, em, eir, eirs, eirself or emself". Fifth, some people use "per", from "person", which i assume has the set "per, per, pers, pers, persself", although i've never seen it developed that far. I've not actually seen this in use on the net, but i've seen people on the net who claimed to use it all the time in their own lives. These will all be discussed in detail later in the FAQ.

Before this FAQ, i don't believe there were any standards agreed upon in any formal way; people have just used whatever felt right, or whatever they were first exposed to. Neologism has waxed and waned, and wheels get reinvented over and over. As mentioned, one goal of this FAQ is to standardize the forms and pronunciation of these different sets, and hopefully to get a lot of people to standardize on just one set."



Great news on the donations.


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