Posts by cwburch

1) Message boards : News : Low available work. (Message 2028766)
Posted 23 Jan 2020 by Profile cwburch
I've been with no work for just over 24 hrs now on 5 computers and none of them have been able to "report" any results. I've about 300 plus units "ready to report" and it's been that way since yesterday.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : What would they say? (Message 2021385)
Posted 2 Dec 2019 by Profile cwburch
I'm just curious on this. If (and that's a pretty big if) we were to receive a decipherable message from an alien species who knew and understood our languages from having studied us for years, or even decades, what do you think that first message would say?
3) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Auto-update clients when account e-amail changed (Message 1876100)
Posted 1 Jul 2017 by Profile cwburch
Thanks for the feedback. It's been so long for me, that I totally forgot about the account keys and the such, and the fact that there's an account number that never changes too. But what I've noticed was this.
Shortly after changing my account email address to my new one, I went to set up a new client on a computer with my new e-mail address and it didn't work. I had to use the old address which is no longer available to me. I was expecting to be able to set up the new client with my new e-mail address. That "could" be a problem in the future if I need to set up a new client down the road, and can't remember the old email address.
4) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Auto-update clients when account e-amail changed (Message 1875106)
Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Profile cwburch
I've searched the forums as best I could for information on this, and can't seem to find anything that will give me definitive information one way or the other.
I recently fired my ISP after more than 15 years with them and have changed to another. Therefore, I have a new e-mail address. I've updated my account here on the website with the "change email" option in my preferences, and that's been no problem. However, what about the BOINC client software on all my computers? I have around 25 or so.
Do I have to go to each client machine and change the account information on each one manually? If so, then how? I see no feature on the boinc client to "log out".
Overall, it would be great if the boinc client worked just like the No-IP DUC client does. When one changes their account information on the main website and it affects the clients, then the clients are updated with that new information via the Internet automatically.
5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : ExoMars (Message 1799800)
Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Profile cwburch
Seems to me it would be faster, cheaper and easier to just use the stargate. I mean, the idea is so far fetched, you just can't make this stuff up.
6) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Am I the only one still doing BitCoin? (Message 1611335)
Posted 9 Dec 2014 by Profile cwburch
Am I the only one still doing Seti Campaign 5 with Bitcoin Utopia? I notice it hasn't moved above 65% of the goal for a few days now, and in fact has fallen to 62% today. I"m running exclusively Bitcoin crunching through the end of the year or until the goal is reached. I figure if the percentage is just gonna go backwards, I might as well stop and SETI may as well cash out what they have now, if I can't contribute to forward motion.
7) Message boards : News : New Data from AO (Message 1609626)
Posted 5 Dec 2014 by Profile cwburch
Well, I see on the server status page there's no backlog of WU's to send, no matter how often I update the page. All of my computers except one have SETI WUs now. Of course, the one that doesn't is my best one with 2 6-core NUMA processors. So I've got 24 virtual processors sitting idle if it wasn't for the Bitcoin fundraiser. I just manually grab a load of bitcoin, process it, check SETI and if no tasks there, grab another load of BTC WUs. Hopefully, I'll get lucky before bedtime and grab enough SETI WUs to work through the night.
My goal for the year is 20M credits, and I'm soooooooooo close. So I want this particular machine working SETI. I figure once I reach that 20M goal, then I'll let all of my computer work the BTC WUs until the end of the campaign.
8) Message boards : News : Database Rebuild Status update. (Message 1608303)
Posted 2 Dec 2014 by Profile cwburch
Thanks. I wasn't sure of the timeline. But I know I lost of few years of credit when I moved from Hawaii to Florida after retiring. I never could recall the password for the original email address I started under. So that credit was just gone forever.
Thing is, I left Hawaii in August of '98 and I was participating prior to leaving. So perhaps I was one of the early ones during the period of establishment? I really don't recall.
9) Message boards : News : Database Rebuild Status update. (Message 1608178)
Posted 2 Dec 2014 by Profile cwburch
Well, my 24-CPU setup got a slew of about 24 Wu's last night some time, all with filenames ending end _2. So apparently, I'm doing a bit lf "validating". Better than nothing I guess. My personal goal is to reach a total 20M WU's by the end of the year. Prior to the ongoing shortage, that was easily going to be obtained around then end of November. Now, with my total just over 19,980,000 and the fact that 4 hard drives of raw data are on the way, I just "might" do it. But we'll see.
I still remember my first year of doing this back in the early 90's with a 2400bps dialup modem on a "lighting fast" 200Ghz processor with an "astounding" 4MB of memory. I was disappointed that I was but one WU short of 1000 at midnight, December 31st of 1997-1998 I think.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : What's this bitcoin Utopia Stuff? (Message 1607542)
Posted 1 Dec 2014 by Profile cwburch
Well this is odd. I've a Dell T-710 computer with 2 NUMA 6-core processors which gives me 24 virtual processors when running Windows Server 2012R2 and version 5.10.45 of the BOINC software. It's processing and crunching Bitcoin Utopia with no issues, completing a WU about every minute.
I've another identical Dell T-710 computer but this one has Windows 7 Pro on it. So it can only see 16 of the 24 processors. It's running the latest/newest version of the BOINC software. But for this setup, I get "no tasks sent - don't need" from Bitcoin Utopia. So this machine is processing nothing. Been this way all day. I've even uninstall/reinstalled BOINC. No change. Any suggestions?
11) Message boards : Number crunching : What's this bitcoin Utopia Stuff? (Message 1607246)
Posted 30 Nov 2014 by Profile cwburch
Been running Bitcoin Utopia for a full 24 hours now. I've done as told and selected Campaign #5 only. Then I went through my setup and aborted all but #5's. However, this morning I see it's still getting all Campaigns for crunching. Is that right?
12) Message boards : Number crunching : What's this bitcoin Utopia Stuff? (Message 1607127)
Posted 30 Nov 2014 by Profile cwburch
Since Seti has been down about a week now, I've been running Einstein. Then somewhere on this msgboard I read where I can number crunch Bitcoin Utopia to help raise money for SETI. Sounds like a better thing to do, so attached to that project. But it "appears" my CPU is doing nothing, and my time countdown on each task advances about 1 second every 10 minutes. Is something wrong?
13) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : Welcome to the SETI@home staff blog. (Message 1606634)
Posted 28 Nov 2014 by Profile cwburch
Only BAUT members can see the post you link to. So for folks like me, it's a dead link.
14) Message boards : News : Running out of workunits (Message 1605339)
Posted 25 Nov 2014 by Profile cwburch
The last extended downtime was November 2012. I recalled that I had posted in the thread about it back then. So did a quick search of my posts and found it on November 23rd of 2012. Lasted 2-3 weeks due to problems with the scheduler consistently crashing.
Also, this isn't directed at anyone or any group in particular. It's more of a reminder, as I've seen a number of posts not necessarily complaining about a lack of information on the current situation, but the beginnings of it - a rumbling that has the potential to escalate should this outage continue for an extended period.
For me, a simple "we have a problem, here's what's happening and we're working on it" is sufficient. I'd much rather the SETI folks spend their time working on and fixing the problem, instead of explaining every little detail about what they're doing. They don't get paid for what they do with the SETI program, and actually could walk away from it at any time. A single update every day, or two, or three is fine, but not expected. I'd rather the next update that get's posted be the one that says "it's fixed". Meanwhile, folks like Eric have to eat too, so they have paying jobs that take priority not because they want to - but because they occasionally get hungry and need to eat.
Unfortunately, this outage will most likely keep them from enjoying their Thanksgiving meal much as it did back in 2012 - they just can't stop thinking about it long enough to really enjoy themselves over the holidays. I think it's a fair bet that come black Friday, some of these folks will be so irritated by the continuing outage, they come in on their holiday weekend (including Friday) to work on it. "Dedication" just isn't a strong enough word to describe how these folks feel about this program. Enough of my ranting. I'll quit now.
15) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Merging Computers (Message 1605113)
Posted 25 Nov 2014 by Profile cwburch
I see in my account where I can merge computers with the same name. However, I get some that can't be merged due to "incompatibility". Apparently, I'm not understanding something, as I should be able to take computer named "OPR3" and merge it with the new, replacement computer of the same name. If the old OPR3 is no longer in service, I don't want to just delete it, because then I lose my credits. So I should be able to transfer those credits to the "new" OPR3 computer. Of course, the new computer is going to be newer technology that isn't compatible with the old computer. But who cares? The old computer is dead, buried and gone.
Another possibility is to allow me to transfer data from an old computer that's no longer in service, to a "psudo-computer" whose name doesn't have to match anything. Then the old, dead, out-of-service computer can be removed so it doesn't take up space on my account, the webpage or the SETI computers.
16) Message boards : News : Running out of workunits (Message 1603935)
Posted 22 Nov 2014 by Profile cwburch
Well, I only come here when I'm out of work - which hasn't been for over a year now. Having read the thread, I see why. It's 12:45am EST Saturday, and it looks like all my SETI WUs were crunched and ack'd just before midnight here. Oh well, things have auto-switched to Einstein, and it'll just start crunching SETI once the WUs are available I guess.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : What does loss of net neutrality mean for volunteer computing? (Message 1542358)
Posted 16 Jul 2014 by Profile cwburch
Done. Comment filed as suggested - and just in the nick of time too!
18) Message boards : News : SETI@home scheduler is down until further notice. (Message 1311645)
Posted 6 Dec 2012 by Profile cwburch
Well I was really hoping to break a personal record and get 2M wu's for the year. But looks like I'm gonna come up short now. Got machines working other projects because they can't send, report or pull new units. Hopefully things are up and stable before xmas so I can try again next year. Meanwhile, you folks enjoy your holiday - you've earned it.
19) Message boards : Politics : Time to have some fun with the US Elections! It could be worse, you could be Canadians. (Message 1270201)
Posted 11 Aug 2012 by Profile cwburch
Regardless of who gets elected, if we continue on our present economic-socialistic path, I hope there's enough yuan in the treasury when it comes time for me to collect social security..... actually, I think by then we'll be calling it social insecurity.
20) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : 2012 - real or not? (Message 1234250)
Posted 20 May 2012 by Profile cwburch
You know, 400 years ago mankind "KNEW" the earth was flat.
200 years ago, we "KNEW" the earth was the center of the known universe
Less than 60 years ago, we "KNEW" the entire universe was the Milky Way Galaxy.
Now take a look at what we know today, and you can't even "BEGIN" to imagine what we will know tomorrow. God-men? can't discount it. Just like the life-after-death discussions. Dark matter and dark enery just might be the "life-force" of the universe, and we (man-kind and other living organisms) might be the materialized or material form of that life-force that upon the "death" of the physical body we presently occupy, might be "returned" to that realm we refer to as dark matter and dark energy. Sounds far-fetched I know. But then, when whats-his-name said the sun was the center of the solar system a few hundred years ago, he was imprisoned for hearsay. So by all means, lock me up!

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