the life with playstation [email protected] project concludes

Sunday, November 4th, 2012, was the last morning when [email protected] on Life With Playstation received my Playstation 3’s last completed work unit. One of the selling points for my reason of getting a PS3 was the capability of donating more CPU power to the distributed computing project.

I took these last screenshots to preserve the memory of the application on my Playstation. I continue to contribute to the project on a regular basis by donating the CPU power of Diode, my trusty file server that has been folding proteins since I built it back in 2007, and occasionally from c0rey foldman, my desktop computer with a Phenom quad-core processor.

I have built and used many desktop computers that have contributed to Stanford University’s [email protected] project. I started donating around 2001-2002 with an Athlon Thunderbird 1.4  processor that I still have stored away somewhere but has been retired for years. I have used a couple Athlon XP’s and a few Athlon 64 X2’s (including the one in Diode that still folds on), and an Phenom X4 that I burn up maybe a couple months a year these days when the temperature drops considerably.

I was excited to gain a Playstation 3 back in 2008, because that fulfilled my dream of having the machine that folded using the Cell, the multi-core processor used in the PS3. I managed to donate 1533+ work units over the years with my Playstation. The images provided here are a little deceiving. I had a system crash that required me to reinstall Life With Playstation and lose the completed count from the first round. I can only recall that I was in the triple digits before that unfortunate incident.

When I fired on the Playstation today, I wanted to see if any changes were made to Life With Playstation since I last checked on Sunday. I read the news around the end of October that the program was ending, so I was not surprised. I was waiting for the actual end date which had to have occurred some time this week if not today. I started the LWP application, and it required an immediate update. After the 11MB file downloaded and installed, running the program again displayed this message:

Folding proteins on my Cell microprocessor has finally ended. Technology is always evolving, and this milestone marks the end of a five-year relationship that I was proud to participate in.

^_^

On a numerological note: 1533 is the same sequence of numbers in 1.533GHz, the stable overclocked speed of the first processor I used for [email protected], my Athlon Thunderbird.

the end of radio silence

Over three months have gone by since I last updated this collection that I have been consistently maintaining for over five years. The neglect was not intentional, and I haven’t completely lost my passion to write new content on here infrequently.

I can’t say that I have been busy, because I have just been going through similar motions day after the day these past few months. I don’t plan on ever abandoning this as long as my fingers can touch keys to put together sentences on a glowing screen and the ultranet continues to transfer ones and zeroes back and forth between its many machines that maintain its existence.

I have definitely been in a creative dry spell lately, and I have been content with just being on this planet earning my keep. I hope to get back to updating this again at least once a month and hopefully more, but I’ll just have to see how the days go and if I’m up to it. 2012 has arrived. The web is moving and growing faster than ever. One day, the blog will be a vintage communication that will always continue to be around.

Print, radio, and television have a tough enough time keeping up with the speed that information circulates, but they have successfully adapted to the change in the exchange. Blogs can be updated just as fast and often as wall posts and tweets but require more effort to fulfill the format obligations.

I will still use this as my primary outlet when I feel like punching out some rants into the blogosphere, so check back every now and then. Thank you for reading this as long as you have, and please continue to do so. You’re always welcome to it. Peace out.

the april drizzle and confetti eggs

April won’t pass me by without an update to this collection I’ve been maintaining for years. This month has been super busy which made it fly by like the others. I’m committed to not missing a month without writing a post here to keep it going, so here we go.

This semester is almost over. I only have a couple weeks after this one until I’m done with enhancing my education for a while. I will definitely be relieved when I don’t have to attend class or waste my time on labs and assignments.

I’m happy that I made it through, but I didn’t make it without kicking and screaming. Nonetheless, I didn’t give up, and I hope the effort rewards me more than just the fact that I completed the goal of going back to school to enhance my skills.

If any of you wonder why I don’t update this as often as I’ve done before, here’s the main reason why: My day job requires me to be in front of a computer most of the day. My class work requires me to utilize a computer to complete my labs and assignments. Everything from managing my finances to communicating with the world to acquiring my television programming involves me staring in a glowing box with my fingers tapping a keyboard and clicking a mouse. The way I currently live has me glued to a machine for most of my waking hours. Therefore, I do my best not to immerse myself in computers but the rest of the world wants me to do otherwise.

Mortal Kombat and Portal 2 on PS3 are my games of choice right now. I’ve played Mortal Kombat a little bit but haven’t really done much with Portal 2 other than played a few stages in co-op mode but I’m loving them both.

I plan on updating at least once more this upcoming weekend before the month is officially over. For those of you with Flash installed, jump jump:

Peace out.

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Recently, the 80GB hard drive on my Playstation 3 was getting full. I needed a way to copy the files quickly and efficiently to one of my large network storage drives. I have a couple Kingston G3 4GB USB flash drives and just went back and forth copying files onto each drive and downloading the data onto the network drive. As tedious as this might seem, it was the best method for my current setup since copying files from a PS3 media console to another location is not as simple as a couple desktop computers on a network.

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