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 16gb usb flash drive for $20 | buy.com

Less than three months ago, I posted about this same Kingston G3 flash drive but it was on sale then for $23. Now it’s dropped about 13% in price to $20. Earlier this month, I wrote about the Kingston G2 version of the same capacity for $22. The prices keep dropping. $20 is a nice even price for a 16GB USB flash drive if you haven’t already invested in one.

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.

I moved about 35GB of data off my Playstation and stored the files on another disk space. This would have taken me less time to accomplish if I was working with a 16GB flash drive. Portable storage is always handy to keep around since you can easily read and write large amounts of information over and over.

the playstation 3 cordless precision controller | buy.com

The Playstation 3 is usually packaged with one controller. If you’re on a budget, then a controller compatible with PS3 will suffice to enable competitive or cooperative two-player action. Many video games are designed for one-player, but many others including classic remakes like Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Bomberman Ultra are best not played alone.

I decided to purchase one of these controllers when I first received my PS3. The feel of the controller in your hands is much more comfortable than the regular controller from the rounder design. It’s on sale for $18 right now. The D-pad, buttons, and joysticks feel like the standard controller, so it’s all good for this price.

Some honesty: The Logitech Precision controller does not have vibration capability. It’s not really necessary, but it enhances the experience of some games. The controller requires 2 AA batteries, so invest in some rechargeables even though it doesn’t drink them up too quick but your Game Boy does. The USB key that communicates with the controller has an annoying green light. The ‘PS’ button is the upper-right button, and you’ll press the middle where the logo is like a purist until you learn where it is on this controller.

Other than that, it’s only $18 while supplies last, so if you need a couple extra controllers to fulfill your four-player lemon party dot org, then these are the party favors to pick up. You can get two at this price for less than one Sony DualShock 3 controller. Deal!

the playstation 3 games and gamepads

The seventh generation of video game consoles have taken advantage of high-definition and high-end graphics to provide a gaming experience that has essentially brought the arcade home. The Playstation 3 is Sony’s contribution to the gaming world, and this console includes some of the best video games which are exclusive to the console in some cases like LittleBigPlanet.

The Playstation 3 gamepads are wireless and use the third line of DualShock technology. Some games like Super Rub-a-Dub and Rag Doll Kung Fu require its force feedback capability to be properly played. Purchasing third-party controllers that are compatible with Playstation 3 may not have force feedback and cannot be used for some games.