Posts by HAL9000

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Missing link (Message 1834591)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
For me, I click on "Log In" (top right menu bar) and then, after entering name and password, "Account" appears in the Project pull down. Of course after "logging in" you're in your Account page anyway so no real need to go to Project->Account, but that would be the path to get back to Account after browsing message boards, for example.

This is from the Server Status page.........that is where it is not working.

By the way......none of the dropdown menus work on this page now.
Edit: the dropdowns started working on that page for me again, but the Account link is still missing .

It is missing all of the account features.
Project > Account
Project > Join
Signup if logged out or your User Name if signed in.
Log in if logged out or Log out if signed in.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1834590)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt
It had a good 36-year run, but its day is done

Late last month, in Windows 10 Preview Build 14791, the command prompt was put out to pasture. Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider Program, wrote, “PowerShell is now the defacto command shell from File Explorer. It replaces Command Prompt (aka, cmd.exe).”

That “defacto” suggests that it’s not all over for the command prompt. And it’s true that you can still opt out of the default by opening Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, and turning “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X” to “Off.”

But you might as well wave bye-bye to the old command prompt. Build 14791 isn’t just any beta. It’s the foundation for the Redstone 2 upgrade, a.k.a. Windows 10 SP2. This is the future of Windows 10, and it won’t include this oldest of Microsoft software relics.

They can have my command prompt when they pry it from my cold dead hands!
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (104) Server Problems? (Message 1834493)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
Quite a lot of the SSP is still 10 hours behind. That usually means some of the servers aren't talking to each other.

One of them must have said something the others didn't like.
Hopefully everything recovers in short enough order.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : i7 970 Power Tuning Failures (Message 1834323)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile HAL9000
When you said SpeedStep didn't make any difference. How did you have your OS processor power settings set?
For my i7-860 I have found that even at idle dropping the clock reduced the power usage. However one of the biggest power drops was reducing the memory voltage from 1.5 to 1.35. I had DIMMs with a profile that supported that voltage. I don't know if all DIMMs will be OK that low.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 12-3-2016 - Using Color-That-Site for Firefox. (Message 1834200)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile HAL9000
It looks like settings can be exported & imported. So I figured I'd export mine in the event someone finds it useful.
I applied the settings to the Domain berkley.edu so Main, Beta, & the BOINC site all look pretty much the same. This can be change be selecting Settings and then changing to Site to change each site separately.
My color that site settings <- You may need to select Save link as...
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Exclusive app (Message 1834195)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile HAL9000
You could try using boinccmd to suspend BOINC for a given duration using --set_run_mode never N. Where N is seconds. That way it would automatically start running again if you didn't do anything.
On one of my older notebooks I would use to watch netflix while going to sleep I would use a .bat along the lines of:
boinccmd --set_run_mode never 7200
timeout 7200 /nobreak & taskkill /im firefox.exe /t /f
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 12-3-2016 - Using Color-That-Site for Firefox. (Message 1834179)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile HAL9000
And for those that can't find the link that TL talked about in his first post (due to inertia or whatever else) - here it is:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/webmaster/toolbox/article.php/3919261/Firefox-Extension-for-Web-Development-Color-That-Site.htm

In my original post I provided the link on the Mozilla site for the add-on.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/color-that-site/

The the site you references does provide better instructions. I think it took me 15-20min of playing around to figure out how to use the add-on originally.
I probably would have been done in <2min with their instructions.
I went with setting that are a bit in between the new scheme and the original.
See here & here
8) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU testing on low powered CPU (Message 1833130)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile HAL9000
In an interesting turn of events. The GTX 950M in my new notebook is the same GM107 configuration, with a slightly lower GPU clock, as the 750Ti . Paired with a much faster CPU, 3.3GHz i7, the CPU time for tasks is a bit lower, but tasks time is about as expected for the GPU.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Safe Shutdown (Message 1833042)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile HAL9000
When I was running ~30 machines. many of them rack servers, I used the UPS management software to control BOINC via boinccmd.
I setup one machine per UPS to handle the events. Which would handle BOINC for all on the systems on the given UPS. So it would be the last to shutdown & first to power on.
From memory I had set it up along the lines of:
On battery > 60 seconds: boinccmd --set_run_mode mode duration never 1200
On battery > 300 seconds: boinccmd --set_run_mode mode duration never
On battery > 900 seconds: Do a system shutdown
On AC > 600 seconds: boinccmd --set_run_mode mode duration auto


Were you using a generic UPS management tool or something from the UPS maker? I assume that with SNMP protocol, it would be possible to develop alternative tools for this. The software that came with my UPS network management card doesn't seem to have the flexibility that you described., so I am looking for an alternative.

The software I was using was the enterprise or business versions of whatever APC provides. I would imagine there is probably some very similar free or open source software that has most of the same functionality for any SNMP UPS device. The UPSs that I had could also send IPMI off/on commands. So I used the UPS firmware to control the boot order for the systems.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Safe Shutdown (Message 1832980)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile HAL9000
When I was running ~30 machines. many of them rack servers, I used the UPS management software to control BOINC via boinccmd.
I setup one machine per UPS to handle the events. Which would handle BOINC for all on the systems on the given UPS. So it would be the last to shutdown & first to power on.
From memory I had set it up along the lines of:
On battery > 60 seconds: boinccmd --set_run_mode mode duration never 1200
On battery > 300 seconds: boinccmd --set_run_mode mode duration never
On battery > 900 seconds: Do a system shutdown
On AC > 600 seconds: boinccmd --set_run_mode mode duration auto

Each .bat would be something like :
@ECHO OFF
pushd %~dp0
set cmdpath=D:\BOINC\boinccmd
set pass=password
set cmd=--passwd %pass% --set_run_mode mode duration never 1200
%cmdpath% --host NODE1 %cmd%
%cmdpath% --host NODE2 %cmd%
%cmdpath% --host NODE3 %cmd%
%cmdpath% --host NODE4 %cmd%
%cmdpath% --host NODE5 %cmd%
exit
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Power Distribution (Message 1832938)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Huh, when I replaced my main 1960's 100 amp screw in fuse panel with a 225 amp model, I had them upgrade my outside service and meter from I believe it was good for maybe 200 amps, to a 400 amp meter/disconnect. They didn't really question it, they just sent me the bill for whatever the extra cost for the hardware was. I believe that if I had asked to go above 400 amp (actually, I think it is physically 320 amp, but is called 400 amp service) there might have been issues with that. Since I had paid them 10 years ago to upgrade the transformer on the pole in the back yard to 45kv when I installed 400 amp service to my workshop, along with upsized wire to both the house and the shop, that may have been why they didn't question it, as it had ample capacity.

You likely came "PreApproved"
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (104) Server Problems? (Message 1832653)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Also it looks like the Stderr output is now placed using preformatted tags. So it ends up with a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom on the page. I'm not sure if that is helpful for the times we need to view this information for issues and debugging.
Looking at other projects still using pre-Bootstrap style sheets, I think that stderr has always been formatted with <pre> tags: having monospaced fonts without line wrapping is certainly helpful. The scroll bar only appears for tasks which need it - as it should - but that does apply to many SETI tasks with over-wide text output.

My only quibble is the shock to dark-adapted eyes caused by all that white background.

It took me some time, but I did find another project I had with enough Stderr output to give a horizontal scroll bar. Previously it caused the page to have a scroll bar instead of a box. That is likely the difference I wasn't quite making a moment ago.

For me the switch in contrast isn't so bad if I scroll slowly. With only the first 7 lines of the stderr displayed and I can scroll slow to give my eyes the time they need. However when I'm looking for information my reaction is to load the page and scroll down as soon as the page is there. Which does feel like someone flipping a light on in your face.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (104) Server Problems? (Message 1832643)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Replying to message 1832523 in PMO 103
The Server Status ... looks like the .xml output is still working correctly at the moment..
No, it isn't - the SETI@home v8 database status numbers are still duplicates of the Astropulse numbers - as they have been all year, since the SETI@home v8 column was added (and it's time for the SETI@home v7 column to be removed).

The duplication makes the Haveland Graphs - which are driven from the XML - useless.

Well by "working' I meant they didn't break anything new in that particular place.

Also it looks like the Stderr output is now placed using preformatted tags. So it ends up with a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom on the page. I'm not sure if that is helpful for the times we need to view this information for issues and debugging.

It also looks like the changes made to forum_reply.php haven't yet been applied to forum_edit.php
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1832539)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile HAL9000
It looks like some reconstruction is now taking place on the Server Status page.

Cheers.

Yeah, looks like someone is taking care of the main functional issues.

This color scheme is not very compatible with the stat page icons for BoincStats & Free-DC in the Your computers & in host details. It looked like the Free-DC one was missing for a moment. Maybe they can put a white field or something behind the images So that they appear correctly with any color scheme.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Power Distribution (Message 1832538)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Does the electric company ask why you need the upgrade? What do they say if you tell them you're participating in SETI? For people with a large number of computers, I wonder what your house looks like on infrared cameras, does it stand out like marijuana farms do when police fly around with their helicopters :D ?

Normally they want to make sure there is a justification for upgrading the service. Since they are they are the ones responsible for everything up to the for the meter. Normally going up to the next service level isn't a huge issue. If you are asking to go from 100A to 250A service they do start asking questions. As that point they may not have the capacity on the local transformer and it may have to be upgraded.
16) Message boards : News : Web site upgrade (Message 1832534)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile HAL9000
A "Classic Theme" option would be really appreciated; some of the CSS choices in this new theme aren't so great: the super-bold white thread titles are especially hard on my eyes.

The increasing font size in quotes seems like unnecessary shouting, too:

There's no reason to yell.


There's also a strange negative space between the message header and the message body -- I think it may be related to the number of "titles" a user has under their name? If you look at the original post here there's a big margin.

When you say "classic" you mean like this right? http://seticlassic.ssl.berkeley.edu/
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1832523)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile HAL9000
I'd guess that the Status page not showing is a caching issue for some users. That kind of thing does tend to happen with the internet. Sometimes you can get around that my adding a ? to the end of an address. So that any cache servers between you and a site get the hint to poll for an update.
https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_status.html vs https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_status.html?
The Server Status does need some does need some color adjustment to be human readable once again. It looks like the .xml output is still working correctly at the moment..

Something that may be of help, at least for Firefox users, is an add-on color-that-site. Which can let you full recolor a page or whole domain. Although a css replacement add-on might be less work.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (103) Server Problems? (Message 1832415)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile HAL9000
SETI in acid style - server or operator issue? ;)

Looks like the Beta site changes have been rolled into Main now.
With some of the same issues still in place.
19) Message boards : News : SETI@home Fall 2016 Fundraiser (Message 1832365)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Dear Mr. Korpela,

Would you be okay with using your Bitcoin-Donation-Adress (1DuKPGnQ16TJpDUKS1CgWvrdVKtRTGPgir) as a target adress for mining income?

I have some spare mining power which i would point to a pool using this adress.

I won't use this adress for that purpose unless you comply with that kind of use.

Sincerely,
djoser.

Some of the folks at bitcoinutopia are looking to do another fundraiser for SETI@home as well, but I think it requires the admins to give the go ahead.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Best Driver for 750ti? (Message 1832325)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Have the more recent driver been found to be any more effective?

Driver upgrades are all about games.
The original release version for support of a particular group of hardware offers as much performance for computing work as any of the later releases. Unless there is a specific bug fix for CUDA/OpenCL/Vulkan in a later driver, there is no benefit in upgrading video drivers from the initial working release when it comes to GPU computing.
Generally; if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

I generally don't update specific things when they are working, but I know some people keep up on the bug fixes or know about specific driver app issues.
If I'm not using an NV GPU I generally don't read to much into the issues that are happening. Since I starting playing with my 750ti again I figured it might be good to check in the event I missed something important.


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