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1) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXV [ CLOSED ] (Message 1385923)
Posted 29 Jun 2013 by Profile Dr. Bob
Long time since I have been here with a milestone but now have jumped from 100,000 to 300,000 credits in several years. Not bad for just running one iMac that I use a lot!

May look into running on other Macs we have (4) and one Windoz machine, too!


Dr. Bob
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Closed *SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXI* Closed (Message 1043400)
Posted 20 Oct 2010 by Profile Dr. Bob
Hey, hey, for a guy only running one iMac just passed the 100,000 Mark! Thought would make that but not sure when as computer is on and off without normal sequence. Yet, I made it!

3) Message boards : Number crunching : Closed *SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XXI* Closed (Message 1023534)
Posted 7 Aug 2010 by Profile Dr. Bob
96,000 +...never thought I would get close to 100,00! Seem to be doing just that.

Congrats to so many who have moved up with millions of credits!
4) Message boards : Number crunching : CLOSED SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XX CLOSED (Message 986329)
Posted 3 Apr 2010 by Profile Dr. Bob
Hey Luke...LTNS

Am now over 91,000 approaching the magic of 10,000! (*at least for me)...


Dr. Bob
5) Message boards : Number crunching : **CLOSED SETI/BOINC Milestones [ v2.0 ] - XIX CLOSED** (Message 969800)
Posted 11 Feb 2010 by Profile Dr. Bob
OFF TOPIC BUT VERY IMPORTANT: there is an email asking to participate in a survey with a no reply return address...they ask for pw and Ids...It seems to be fake. SETI needs to warn folks of this...don't answer it at all.

6) Message boards : Number crunching : Question on BOINC versions (Message 969799)
Posted 11 Feb 2010 by Profile Dr. Bob
Good morning all...

There is an email coming to many Boinc users. A survey but they want your email and passwords...DON'T GIVE THEM THAT---DIRECTOR DR. ANDERSON NEEDS TO LOOK AT THAT; HE SIGNED IT...I AM SUSPICIOUS...I WILL NOT GIVE THAT INFO; SETI ALREADY HAS THAT INFO...



7) Message boards : Number crunching : CLOSED** SETI/BOINC Milestones (tm) XVII **CLOSED (Message 883086)
Posted 7 Apr 2009 by Profile Dr. Bob
Hi Siran,

I guess you could say the SETI/BOINC Milestons (tm) XVI has reached another Milestone! (Smiling)

Dr. Bob
8) Message boards : Number crunching : **CLOSED SETI/BOINC Milestones (tm) XVI CLOSED** (Message 855665)
Posted 20 Jan 2009 by Profile Dr. Bob
Just passed 50,000 units in SETI; remarkable what leaving an Intel Mac running 12/7 with an old Compact Laptop will do!

Congrats to all who have achieved the large numbers I see here.


Dr. Bob
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Water Found in Hot Planet's Orbit (Message 838649)
Posted 10 Dec 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
Just a great article and find! Strongly suspect more will be found and one or so with life...just you wait and see~!


Dr. Bob
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Arizona Moon`s coconut posting thread II ;-) (Message 838647)
Posted 10 Dec 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
Hi Moon,

Don't faint, you left the door open so I ventured in. Nice place this Cafe and coconut thread II. Ah, aging...the alternative is not good, however so I will favor aging. Just made the round of Drs. and that turned out to be positive, indeed. Feel better and stronger than months ago...Don't worry about the effects of aging--it gives one class, dignity and worth!

Will keep on keeping on and say hello from time to time. You and all of the posters have some great holidays, whatever you celebrate in this time of Yule! Make merry and be joyful! If you see Santa in your area remind him of his work on the 25th. Don't want him to forget anyone. On the other hand, think and ask for peace in this old world!


Dr. Bob
11) Message boards : Number crunching : **CLOSED SETI/BOINC Milestones (tm) XVI CLOSED** (Message 838640)
Posted 10 Dec 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
Congrats Luke! Keep on crunching away. Your country isn't small when it has citizens who serve others!~


Dr. Bob
12) Message boards : Number crunching : CLOSED* SETI/BOINC Milestones (tm) XV *CLOSED (Message 827691)
Posted 7 Nov 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
Good Grief! As Charley Brown would say. Luke, keep it up! Congratulations to you and to the other "high" crunchers!

Dr. Bob
13) Message boards : Number crunching : CLOSED* SETI/BOINC Milestones (tm) XV *CLOSED (Message 816069)
Posted 9 Oct 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
Wow OzzFan,

Some great numbers! You must have an entire farm of computers! Keep it up!


Dr. Bob
14) Message boards : Number crunching : CLOSED* SETI/BOINC Milestones (tm) XV *CLOSED (Message 814796)
Posted 4 Oct 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
Wow, some great numbers here! Approaching 40,000 here for me!

Dr. Bob
15) Message boards : Number crunching : AstroPulse errors - Reporting (Message 811005)
Posted 22 Sep 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob - more than likely you were the second one in on that workunit. I dug through all of your results still visible on the website and I can't find an AP unit. If you were the second one in and you validated against the other person, I'd say that the unit has already been moved over to the science database. You could go over to one of the many stat sites to see if you jumped a bit higher than average over the past few days.


Ok, thanks Wendy...

Dr. Bob
16) Message boards : Number crunching : AstroPulse errors - Reporting (Message 810278)
Posted 20 Sep 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
After nearly 34 hrs crunching why have I received 0 credit on this wu

You probably haven't, though it looks like that. There's some difficulty with the status code the AP Validator returns, so it can say Valid when it hasn't really been checked yet. For this case, your result was the second "success" returned. The Validator tried to do the comparison but the result file for the first "Success" couldn't be found, so it got a Validate error. Yours should probably have remained in the "Initial" validate state since there was nothing to compare it to, but the Validator called it "Valid" instead. A similar situation has been seen many times where a result should have gone to "Checked, but no consensus yet" state, but was shown as "Valid". The Web display code is configured to show granted credit for results in the "Valid" state and has to show 0 since there can be no grant until a canonical result is chosen.

In short, what all that means is that when another "Success" result is returned I believe your result will be compared and should get credit then.

The Transitioner created another task, which unfortunately has been sent to a host with a turnaround time of over 13 days doing non-AP work. It's the last of 25 WUs in that host's list of work not yet done, and the one just before it is also an AP WU. You'll need a lot of patience, that host might possibly complete the WU by the October 19 deadline but more likely not so it would have to be reissued again.

Hi Joe,

Crunching my first auto pulse was indeed, long as you mentioned. It continued to list 97 hours or so until finish time. Apparently it finished, because as I checked from time to time it showed it was 97% finished. Then yesterday, I noted, because I had not checked for several days--been in and out and about, that a new SETI task had started that was only 8 hours long. My credit did jump maybe 700 or so recently but can't find it on "Your Results"--unless I just misread that or didn't see it at all.

Still, think it may meet some needs of the researchers who want these services; no matter how long it takes on my computer I am happy to supply the crunching time. As others mentioned here that some may find the time element burdensome and their work schedules may really interfere with a long crunching time. Also, the desire to have confirmation of completeness of the crunching is important to many of us who like to see tasks finished. Both of these are understandable but neither one seems to be a great problem for me, although I, too, like to see things completed.

There were no difficulties except it did not show the screen saver as it crunched. Often on at my place for 8-10 hours at a time, still no screen saver. Now if it is indeed, back to the non-auto pulse with the numbers to crunch, the regular screen saver does not automatically come forth as before. I can click on the screen saver button and let it show that way and that is what I may do. Helps me to check on the computer that is crunching, if I can see the screen saver as I walk by--just a little trick to see if everything is working ok on that computer.

In any event, just a status report from me that you or some others may find helpful. If you get a chance, see if I did get credit for it--I can't seem to find that but you may be able to. Or it may be I am in the same "space ship" that Geoff is in; I must wait for my First Space Mate to take another 97 hours (or less if in a faster processor) to finish crunching the "check" on my work.

This project always makes me think about that even in the social sciences and that is my field. At times it is important to prove a hypothesis wrong and if SETI falls in that category so be it; a significant contribution still. Although, I think that that assertion may be premature so far. The search for intelligent life goes on it seems as more places in the great, great areas of the Universe are located to find radio signals from elements and/or communication attempts.

None the less, I am happy to supply computer time and be a part of what I still believe is one of the greatest scientific projects in these centuries. Sorry, i saw romantic human kind ends and techniques here a just a bit and may be off task. Still, this is one of the things that makes humans remarkable, I think.


Dr. Bob
17) Message boards : Number crunching : CLOSED* SETI/BOINC Milestones (tm) XV *CLOSED (Message 806370)
Posted 9 Sep 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
I'll take my lowly 10,000 SETI credit milestone and run...

Lowly?! Na... I'm still in the 5 digits! :)

Afraid I still am lowly--but its ok, 35,543 credits are on the upward road!

Congrats Luke and to all other milestone breakers!

Dr. Bob
18) Message boards : Number crunching : **UPDATED**-Blurf's 3 Day Seti Donation Challenge (Message 798489)
Posted 15 Aug 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
...I have put up $25 in a check that will be mailed tomorrow.

If you are willing to match my donation, please post your name here on and list the amount if you wish.


Ok, I matched your donation via credit card on the site, $25...looks like a lot of folks did that and more! Keep it up! SETI forever!


Dr. Bob
19) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Uploading Problem (Message 795889)
Posted 10 Aug 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
It seems that uploading issue is back, I've had a task that says "Uploading" for over 24 hours now??

Hi John, this is what has been happening to me for several days and many, many tries to upload. I have an iMac Intel...

Sun Aug 10 15:01:19 2008|SETI@home|Deferring scheduler requests for 2 minutes and 4 seconds
Sun Aug 10 15:01:32 2008|SETI@home|Started upload of file 03jn08aa.32213.601403.6.8.96_2_0
Sun Aug 10 15:03:25 2008|SETI@home|Sending scheduler request to
Sun Aug 10 15:03:25 2008|SETI@home|Reason: To fetch work
Sun Aug 10 15:03:25 2008|SETI@home|Requesting 1 seconds of new work
Sun Aug 10 15:03:30 2008|SETI@home|Scheduler request succeeded
*****Sun Aug 10 15:03:30 2008|SETI@home|No work from project
Sun Aug 10 15:03:30 2008|SETI@home|Deferring scheduler requests for 5 minutes and 39 seconds
******Sun Aug 10 15:03:51 2008|SETI@home|Temporarily failed upload of 03jn08aa.32213.601403.6.8.96_2_0: HTTP service unavailable
Sun Aug 10 15:03:51 2008|SETI@home|Backing off 1 minutes and 0 seconds on upload of file 03jn08aa.32213.601403.6.8.96_2_0

***** error messages

Above repeating and repeating....must be problem with Macs again?

Any help/ideas appreciated...


Dr. Bob

20) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Spam on email... (Message 795881)
Posted 10 Aug 2008 by Profile Dr. Bob
My email often reads "Climate Predictation...." and then the email address...any ideas?

Dr. Bob

Have you signed up for Climate Prediction (otherwise known as CPDN)? If so, you may want to post on their boards instead for assistance. What does the email say?

No, I have not signed up for CPDN; I had originally a long, long time ago but gave it up as it took so long and seemed to interfere with SETI and others....the email is from American Airlines; my airline miles...makes me think a spammer has done his job and borrowed some email addys from me. The "climate prediction" is in the "To: " address box.

I will look at their boards...thanks...

Dr. Bob

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