Posts by Dennis Walker

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 20th Anniversary T-shirts - More in stock (Message 2030008)
Posted 31 Jan 2020 by Profile Dennis Walker
Interested in a Large black 20th Anniversary T-shirt.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : ATI Radeon versus Nvidia for new system (Message 1384699)
Posted 26 Jun 2013 by Profile Dennis Walker
Post To Thread button is a "new" message? Able to edit your own message.
I hardly ever post so I do not know about change of thread name while editing a message. May be possible if you started the thread in the first place vs. anybody doing it.

Based on what I have read... ATI often seems better, in theory, than NVidia but NVidia often works better. May depend on OS and how compatible the components Motherboard, etc. and related drivers are.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows XP 365 days support remaining (Message 1354883)
Posted 9 Apr 2013 by Profile Dennis Walker
I'm not ready to get off XP yet. Never really liked Vista that much and XP still seems more usable than, if not as stable, as Win7.

Of course I have not quite quit using my Win95 box yet. Win 95 machine has been running since before upgraded to Win 95. Can still boot to Win3.11 but that is hard to get used to again!

Originally planned to tranfer to a Win98 machine (1st ran BOINC on this) but that got repurposed for the children. An Xp machine was then the target to replace 95. Some progress untill the 98 machine died and the Xp needed new motherboard. Fortunately was able to replace motherboard w/o more than a couple of driver updates. A Vista Laptop was nice for portability but the Xp remained primary with 95 secondary. After no more updates to anything for 95 I got a Win7 laptop. Win7 is OK... Still have a few less vital items on win95 machine that I do not have exact equivalent on any other. still use 95 regularly offline and will miss when 95 machine does finally die.
Takes a while (years?) for me to setup and never like to do it again.

(still more familiar with COBOL programs on a Mainframe - which is discussion for a totally different environment!)
4) Message boards : Technical News : Feijoada (Apr 30 2012) (Message 1228865)
Posted 7 May 2012 by Profile Dennis Walker
Well everybody beat me to it but yeah, the voltage drop across the line would tell Ma Bell how many ringers were going off when you got a call and you would be billed accordingly. Also remember back then you did not own your own phone, they all belonged to Ma Bell and were just rented out to you. IIRC, the phone we had before the rotary dial you had to pick up and tap the disconnect a couple of times to get the operators attention. I also remember if the person making the call didn't hang up but the other did, when they picked up again you could continue talking.

I've never used a pre-rotary phone, but I know that at least up until 20 years ago, it was possible to maintain a connection by simply not hanging up in a lot of cases, even when using buttonphones. That part of the behavior of the old systems was apparently based in the backbone for pretty much all of the pre-cellphone era phone systems.

If I remember correctly... The person answering could hang up (for maybe up to a Min. or so) to go to another phone to talk on. Or you could hang up before yelling for whoever the call was for and they could pick up on another phone.

I also recall that having too many phones with ringers (turned on) could underpower the phones and then they would not ring!
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 11 year club (Message 1047069)
Posted 8 Nov 2010 by Profile Dennis Walker
Looks like 11 years was a few months ago for me.
SETI@home member since 3 Jul 1999
Total credit 114,644 -- using older and/or inexpensive home computers.
classic workunits 1,652 -- mostly on a Pentium-90. P5-90 still runs but will not handle new software. (Has outlasted two newer computers.)
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Name the newest member to the server family!!! (Message 1043455)
Posted 21 Oct 2010 by Profile Dennis Walker
First off, since Mork has been such a hard and valued worker though these many years...

Jocelyn was the master BOINC database server until the end of August 2009, she's been recalled for an encore performance. While the nearly 14 months of service that mork provided are valuable, jocelyn has filled the role for much more time. I think it's time for another feminine name anyhow.

If the new server is replacing Mork then the Mork and Mindy child's name, Mearth would be good.
I also see value in choosing a name along the line of Jocelyn but, if I followed the expaination correctly, the new server is replacing Jocelyn's replacement - despite Jocelyn currently standing in for Mork.

(Not to be confused with The MEarth Project (a survey to photometrically monitor 2000 nearby, small stars (called M dwarfs)...).

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