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Message 895724 - Posted: 17 May 2009, 1:20:07 UTC

Can't believe I missed it, but I surpassed the decade mark on May 14! Keep looking Macs, this is one place I can't save energy!
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Message 896203 - Posted: 18 May 2009, 0:17:08 UTC

Since May '99

Yep...still crunching after all these years with a break for a divorce, several jobs, a career change or two (or three), a new house or two, six or eleven computers, god knows how many versions of SETI BOINC and a sojourn in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Many things have changed but the effort continues.

From the beginning I've thought this would be at least a generation-long project with a small chance of success.

Determination and Patience Crunchers! There are certainly more silly things we can do with the electrons passing by.

In my estimation, our desire for instant results is childish. The Universe doesn't work on our time scale and we are most certainly not at the center of it. Our lives and this effort are a brief spark in that starry sky. If we are going to make the effort we must realize it may take a very long time (in human terms) and it seems likely none of us participating now will ever know the result.
But we are the better for the trying.
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Message 896321 - Posted: 18 May 2009, 5:42:40 UTC
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Today's my 10th Anniversary!

Man. It seems longer. :lol:

Total credit 294,771
Recent average credit 29.59
SETI@home classic workunits 4,504
SETI@home classic CPU time 24,132 hours

(Added Rosetta 2 years ago @ 50%)
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New Core 2 Duo should help a little ;)

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Message 896500 - Posted: 18 May 2009, 17:10:57 UTC - in response to Message 896321.

Tomorrow starts my second 10 years:)
I am 71 now and plan on being around to celebrate the next 10 year mark!
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Message 896514 - Posted: 18 May 2009, 17:24:41 UTC - in response to Message 896500.

I'm 61 today--
and I'm flying too...
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Message 896532 - Posted: 18 May 2009, 17:58:12 UTC

I'll soon be 63. My second ten years starts on May 20. I (think I) remember how I first got started. I'm not sure that I am recalling correctly but I seem to remember that in late 1998 I read about SETI@home getting up and going. Unfortunately, it required a Windows/Intel machine and I was using Macs. Then (if memory serves) in very early 1999 it became available for Macs but required a newer version of the operating system than I had on my machines (System 7.5 maybe). I got the requisite System not long after but then I found that it was only for Power Mac processors and all I had was 68x00 (mostly on LC III's then). I got my first iMac (a 333MHz blueberry) in May and started up as soon as I could.

Does any of this ring a bell with anyone? This does not seem to quite square with the Wikipedia article but it might fit in with the alpha and beta releases. Any light that can be shed on this would be appreciated. I am quite curious about the early days of SETI. I asked about this previously (in another thread) but did not get any answers at the time. I'm hoping that the big event will trigger some other people's memories.

Thanks and happy anniversary to us.
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Message 896539 - Posted: 18 May 2009, 18:16:45 UTC
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Next Tuesday marks my 10 years.

I remember seeing a feature about seti@home on the BBC science program, Tomorrows World, where they showed the screen saver in action which of course looked very "cool" back then.

Recently I had a bit of an attack of guilt at the electricity I was using to look for "ET" so I moved most of my machines to WCG, well I am moving them all back for the 10th Birthday, lets chase that 3 mil LOL!

Bernie

PS That would be if there WERE any WU's for my 14 hungry processors. Typical :-)
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Message 897470 - Posted: 20 May 2009, 23:01:12 UTC

That's it. A full fledged ten years. What will the next ten bring?
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Message 897490 - Posted: 20 May 2009, 23:51:32 UTC
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My 10 year anniversary is today tooo (^_^)

Like 10 computers and a multi crack rack later, through hell and back,
and been away, just crunching due to slack and ol' habit ... *lols*

Still like some results some day tho ...
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Message 897654 - Posted: 21 May 2009, 5:31:12 UTC

Wow, I missed my 10 year also. I'm just 57 but I do have a hard time keeping my RAC up! ;)
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Message 897657 - Posted: 21 May 2009, 5:43:23 UTC - in response to Message 895724.



Can't believe I missed it, but I surpassed the decade mark on May 14! Keep looking Macs, this is one place I can't save energy!


. . . first - Welcome back to the Boards Dave - and Congratulations to You Sir

& To All the others that are Celebrating their 10th Year Anniversary

> it's been a great 10 Yrs @ that as well eh . . .


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Message 899149 - Posted: 24 May 2009, 22:43:05 UTC

WOW time does fly - still here still crunching. Congrats to you Dave on 10 years!
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Message 899237 - Posted: 25 May 2009, 4:14:18 UTC

thanks Dr, it's good to be back! and dcappello, April 3 99, on the very cutting edge!
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Message 899311 - Posted: 25 May 2009, 12:04:17 UTC

Just realized I missed my 10 year mark last week! I am happily crunching away, thinking about putting a couple nvidia cards into my machines to assist in crunching...
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Message 900457 - Posted: 28 May 2009, 11:59:15 UTC

According to the "official" stats I've been crunching since 3 Apr 1999, but there were at least 2 database/server crashes that wiped out all the user information of those of us that were "betaing",(alphaing?),before "official" release.
I am pretty sure I was getting test WU's as early or earlier as Sept. '98.
Any one else remember this?


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Message 900508 - Posted: 28 May 2009, 14:58:43 UTC - in response to Message 900457.
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According to the "official" stats I've been crunching since 3 Apr 1999, but there were at least 2 database/server crashes that wiped out all the user information of those of us that were "betaing",(alphaing?),before "official" release.
I am pretty sure I was getting test WU's as early or earlier as Sept. '98.
Any one else remember this?




. . . try this Sir: The SETI@home Class of May 3 1999

and, Search Results for Jan 01, 1996 - Nov 29, 2008
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