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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 14 year club (Message 1365963)
Posted 9 May 2013 by Profile chaco
I just happened to check in here this evening....something rare for me. I realized today is the 14th anniversary of my joining this project! Best of luck to all!
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 13 year club (Message 1249854)
Posted 22 Jun 2012 by Profile chaco
Still here after all these years ....and computers, and homes, and jobs...but the interest remains.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 13 year club (Message 1232932)
Posted 18 May 2012 by Profile chaco
Still here and crunching....I've been through...let's see.....5 computers I believe. I'm still surprised when friends drop by and happen to notice BOINC manager on the screen and ask about the Project...I'd have thought every one I know would be aware of what I do with spare cycles by now.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : My Ignorance.... (Message 1071631)
Posted 28 Jan 2011 by Profile chaco
Thanks for the response HAL. I tried both actions you suggested and....no joy.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : My Ignorance.... (Message 1071622)
Posted 28 Jan 2011 by Profile chaco
Knows no bounds.

Recently the BOINC manager has stopped communicating with the BOINC client on one of my crunchers.

I'm running the latest version of S@H and the Lunatics improvements. Windows XP/32 bit.

I've tried re-booting, repairing BOINC, deleting and re-installing BOINC. Re-installation worked for a couple of days each time I re-installed but then reverted to the same problem.

When I use task manager I can see that it's operating back there and occasionally I can see that it has communicated with S@H, uploading and reporting completed WUs when I check my account with another computer.

What the heck?

Any help will be gratefully accepted.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 11 year club (Message 1010522)
Posted 2 Jul 2010 by Profile chaco
Yep...still here.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : ReScheduler.... (Message 944096)
Posted 31 Oct 2009 by Profile chaco
Help! Can't find where to download it. Someone out there have the url? Thanks.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Still Crunching Away - 10 Years Later! (Message 896203)
Posted 18 May 2009 by Profile chaco
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.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark your calendar for the Seti 10th Anniversary Party (Message 896084)
Posted 17 May 2009 by Profile chaco
I will be there! Dennis.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mark your calendar for the Seti 10th Anniversary Party (Message 890036)
Posted 1 May 2009 by Profile chaco
I'll be there! I just happen to be in the Bay Area on a project. I've been crunching since 1999 and it'll be good to meet some of my fellow participants and maybe some of the luminaries. Chaco (Dennis).
11) Message boards : Number crunching : What's up with NEZ? (Message 768202)
Posted 14 Jun 2008 by Profile chaco
In reference to the article, Misfit, what exactly does um "to ensure that the nation's nuclear weapons will continue to work correctly" mean?

Many years ago a physicist friend of mine (worked within the DOE weapons group) told me he had been part of a team inspecting missile mounted nuclear weapons during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was determined that fewer than 2/3 would have worked. The materials used to construct them are, by nature, unstable and continually decaying. The chemical components can be corrosive and the electronics must withstand high radiation levels. With proper maintenance not then known these problems can be anticipated and dealt with.

This tells us at least a couple of things. How close we came to a nuclear exchange and how difficult it is to maintain a nuclear weapons technology.

I suspect the super computer can be used to predict when a weapon will require overhaul and, perhaps, the behavior of those not yet needing rework but well into their decay cycle. How many kilo/megatons TNT equivalent would they produce? How little is acceptable for the use intended?

Of interest is a question I asked regarding the smallest nuclear weapon he had seen. He said "Larger than a breadbox, smaller than truck." I said, "Yeah, thanks a lot."
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Cooling is king........ (Message 768198)
Posted 14 Jun 2008 by Profile chaco
Moderation in all things, Mark. Including moderation.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Who's Skull Prevails at Last (Message 756691)
Posted 22 May 2008 by Profile chaco
I believe Mr.Who? is running eight cores at 4.0 Gig. Scroll down through the tasks until you find a completed one. Click on the work unit.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : What is the cheapest all in one ASUS board... (Message 753426)
Posted 14 May 2008 by Profile chaco
Well....yes I did misinterpret POS. Too much time spent around folks with a less than delicate nature, I suppose.

Obviously for a Point Of Sale device reliability and not OCing would be paramount. Of course, I believe the board I've ordered offers both...so my research tells me.

For me, the P5K WiFi appears to be superior to the POS XFX 680 LSI it is replacing.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : What is the cheapest all in one ASUS board... (Message 753195)
Posted 14 May 2008 by Profile chaco
How about a P5K? ~$150 after mail-in rebate from NewEgg? Not exactly cheap but not crazy expensive either. It's replacing an XFX 680 SLI that I believe is slowly going off to motherboard heaven. Beside, the BIOS stuff in Asus is so much more detailed and advanced, easy OC'ing. I have an Asus Maximus Formula that makes even idiots like me feel as if I know what I'm doing. Good Crunching!
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Cooling down my Q6600 (Message 747775)
Posted 4 May 2008 by Profile chaco
There are those here far more experienced than I but here's what I use. I have an Asus Maximus Formula MB, Q6600 OC'd to 3.4GHz using a Thermaltake Nirvana HSF. The temps on Rightmark CPU indicate a full load temp range of 54 - 61C at an ambient temperature of 24 - 27C. It's a well made and effective HSF and very reasonably priced at about US$40.00. I'm sure there are others out there at least as effective and well priced. Good Crunching!
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Special thanks for AK V8 application (Message 746681)
Posted 1 May 2008 by Profile chaco
My take Part III..

"Okay wingmen...I'm kickin' in the afterburners....follow me......boys?....boys?
(Looking over shoulder watching wingmen disappear in the distance).
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Special thanks for AK V8 application (Message 746607)
Posted 1 May 2008 by Profile chaco
Is there a way of knowing the AR of a unit prior to crunching? Where is that info posted? Thanks.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Special thanks for AK V8 application (Message 746324)
Posted 30 Apr 2008 by Profile chaco
My view Part II...

Great Googly Moogly! The percentages in the Progress column are spinning faster than the numbers on the fuel pump when I fill my tank!
(Well...okay that's a bit of an exaggeration because we all know it's not possible for the numbers on our computers to actually move that fast:-)
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Special thanks for AK V8 application (Message 746265)
Posted 30 Apr 2008 by Profile chaco
Holy Schlamoley! 54.xx unit dropped from 4923s to 2761s! 2162s!
We're not worthy....but wow!...are we impressed!
Q6600 @3400, temps 54 - 57C, ambient 27C Thanks all! You have my grateful respect!


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