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 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.

the snow day

About an inch and a half of snow falls on the ground, the roads freeze over, and the City of Austin takes a day off. I had the day off. The plan was to go into the office later this morning, but that was dismissed. Who has two thumbs and a three-day weekend? This guy!

I’ve just stayed in all day today. I had the pleasure of enjoy a big cup of joe with a plate of biscuits and gravy with M this morning. We played some Tetris on PS3 + EA Online, and I played around with her new phone.

I installed some ringtones and a couple games (Bejeweled and Absolute Tris). She’s working from home. I’ve just been surfing the web listening to morning radio and some album downloads (Honeysuckle Weeks and Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys to name a couple).

What a relaxing Friday. This is going to be a good weekend. The weather should be better, and the tortas are the best. Peace out.

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 16 gigs in your pocket

Storing large files can be a task if you have a mountain of information to organize, but transporting them by portable means can be an even bigger task. Those 4GB flash drives just aren’t cutting it these days. You need more disk space for less in the form of a flash drive. How about 16GB for $25? Act quick. They might already be sold out for this price by the time you read this.

Kingston is a leader in memory technology and have been trusted with manufacturing quality flash drives by many enthusiasts including myself for over a decade. When their USB flash drives go on sale, they’re sure to be bought up quickly. USB flash drives are the most durable and portable methods of carrying out files to quickly access, share, and distribute.

With this 16GB flash drive, you probably won’t be needing anything similar for a long while. Think of all the audio, video, pics, ISOs, and other assorted files you can store on this small device. Copying files back and forth with drive is quick and painless using the super popular USB 2.0 interface.

Does your buddy have a bunch of DVD ISOs that you want to borrow? Instead of spending all the time burning the data onto discs or spending a hundred or so bucks on an external hard drive, you can have a much affordable solution with a memory key. Just plug it into a USB port on his PS3 and easily copy files with the XMB. Praise the miracles in technology.

the 5-4-3-2-1’s

I haven’t updated you guys with what’s been going on with me for a while, so here’s that post.

I’ve been working at my new job for a couple months now, and I like it. It’s a job. It keeps the bills paid and keeps me from starving. Some days are difficult to wake up to at four in the morning especially if I went to bed late. My circadian rhythm takes a couple days to adjust, but it’s not too bad.

My weekly schedule has become relatively routine. I’ll get into detail about it right now, because I have your attention and it’s fun to re-read these in the future to see what I was doing back then. Ready or not…

The 40-hour work week seems to go by almost as quickly as the weekend, since I have a routine that I follow as much as possible if nothing else interrupts it or a scheduling conflict occurs. I must warn you that this isn’t very exciting but makes for a good indulgent ramble.

I work from 5am to 1pm Monday thru Friday. I work out to the gym for an hour after work on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I go to the library after work on Tuesdays to borrow more materials to expand my data collection and to return materials I’ve checked out from the previous week that I’m done using. On Wednesdays, I meet Mare down at campus have lunch somewhere nearby. After we finish lunch, I’ll pass by the comic shop to pick up my week’s pull.

I enjoy FOX and NBC television programming Monday thru Friday with my favorite shows. If I am home anywhere between 2pm-4pm, then I am usually watching Rachael Ray at 2, The Doctors at 3, and/or Jeopardy! at 4. I don’t watch much of the news from 5-6:30, but I always try to catch Wheel of Fortune at 6:30. Between 5-6:30, I’ll either do something on the computer or spend the time doing chores or reading something. After Wheel, the evening programming goes underway which will usually take me to my bedtime.

On Mondays, Heroes comes on at 8. We’ve been watching more Chuck mainly because it’s right after Wheel and before Heroes and we usually eat dinner around that time. I didn’t like Chuck much in the beginning, but I’ve seen so many episodes I just watch it.

On Tuesday, American Idol is currently going on followed by the results show the next day. I don’t watch Fringe, so I stop watching TV after 8 on Tuesdays. Wednesday has Lie to Me before the Idol results show, and I’m enjoying that show. Thursday programming is a conflict between FOX and NBC right now, but I go with FOX for Bones and Hell’s Kitchen and catch up on NBC comedy over the weekend via Mininova.

I try to do something other than watch TV after Wheel of Fortune, because Howie Do It just isn’t good. I try to go out to the Hideout every other week on Friday and have been keeping up with it since I started. The Hideout is a great pub nearby which has an excellent jukebox selection. On weeks that I just want to stay in, I’ll chill out at the apartment watching ISO TV, a DVD, playing PS3,

I keep Saturdays and Sundays open for whatever. I try to visit my parents every couple weeks at least. I take care of something that I am unable to do during the week or do something that was either happening on the weekend or is best saved for the weekend. For example, yesterday was Record Store Day. I had to get me a copy of Dookie on vinyl. When Mare and I arrived at Waterloo Records only about ten minutes after they opened, all of the copies were gone. Fortunately, a guy put down the last copy and Mare scooped it right up. Score!

On most Sundays, I like to do next to nothing or whatever wasn’t done on Saturday. After the weekend is up, the process is repeated. Peace out.