F@H: Featured Folder - Hummer010
Posted on Sunday, December 14 @ 00:00:00 PST by FatherTyme
Hey guys! Happy Monday! A happy one indeed! We are having our first of many Featured Folders this week!! I'm first featuring the news man who donates some time out of every day to bring you guys some news! I'm sure you all know him quite well, but take a few moments and get to know Hummer010 just a wee bit better! Enjoy and I hope this gets your weeks off to a great start!!
Nattiebo: So,? Hummer010, Give us some details about yourself? - Age, Sex, Student/Career?
Hummer010: Well, currently I?m a Data Technician with a Marine Seismic Company, but come January, I will be a GIS /GPS Technician with a municipal government in Central Alberta. I?m 28, male, and married with zero kids, two dogs, and three horses.
Nattiebo: Do you have any hobbies or interests other than computers?
Hummer010: I love hockey and downhill skiing, but my knees don?t allow much of either anymore. I still go hiking, camping, biking and water skiing whenever I can. My wife is pretty heavily involved in Show Jumping, so as the good spouse, I spend a lot of summer weekends at horse shows. I also read a lot.
Nattiebo: Wow you guys are quite active. With your big move coming up, will that give your more opportunity to participate I these activities, limit them some, or will it remain about the same as now?
Hummer010: After the move, we should have a little more free time to partake in some of these activities. We are moving farther away from the mountains, so I will have to trade in the downhill skis for some cross-country?s, and we might hike less. We will be living about 1.5 hours from the in-laws cabin, so water-skiing time should really go up this summer.
Nattiebo: Brrrr? But much fun, but BRRRRR? so I guess that the lakes up there do occasionally un-freeze?? Have you cross-country skied before?
Hummer010: Not a whole lot. I have always preferred snowshoeing to cross-country skiing. Most of my cross-country skiing experience comes from the last few years. My grandfather used to compete in snowshoe races ? maybe its time I followed in his footsteps?
Nattiebo: How did you get the name Hummer010?
Hummer010: Uhhhh ? When I was about 13 or 14, I used the phrase hummer to refer to ? uhhhhh ? oral sex ? in front of the guys on my hockey team. They had never heard that phrase, and from that day forth, I was hummer. The 010 comes from Yahoo. When I tried to sign up for yahoo, hummer was already taken, but hummer010 was suggested as an alternative.
Nattiebo: When did you become a Folding freak?
Hummer010: I?m not too sure. Sometime around March of 2003.
Nattiebo: Where did you learn to Fold (or first hear about it)?
Hummer010: I first heard about on the LWD forums. I was a devout SETI?ist at that point though. I actually regret not changing over at least some machines when the folding team first started.
Nattiebo: On how many machines are you currently Folding?
Hummer010: 4. One XP2500(home), one Celeron 1GHz(work) and two Celeron 1.8GHz (family).
Nattiebo: Are you an overclocking "Freak" on your machines?
Hummer010: Not anymore. My XP2500 is running at stock speed, although I did just order an SLK900A heatsink to replace the stock one. We?ll see what happens after I install that.
Nattiebo: Do you use any of the Folding add-ons to keep track of stats?
Hummer010: I actually wrote a little something myself once. It tracks the current progress of the current unit, and estimates when it will be complete. I never finished it, and lost the source code a while ago. It is really, really buggy. I track the team stats using a script for PHP that I wrote. It needs a bit of work as well, but I haven?t had the time to look at it lately.
Nattiebo: What do you personally hope to accomplish by Folding?
Hummer010: My personal hope is the that we can help accomplish a major medical breakthrough that will help save the lives of people afflicted by some previously incurable disease.
Nattiebo: Have you participated in or would you ever consider any other computing distributions?
Hummer010: I was quite heavily involved with the LWD SETI team right from November of 2000 when I first signed up for the forums. I had stopped cruching SETI for a while after I moved to the folding team. I had just started crunching SETI again when that cat, Akely started breathing down my neck. I moved everything back to folding to try and hold off Akely, but it was to no avail. The cat had too much power.
Nattiebo: Does that mean that cats have more purrrsuation than dogs do?
Hummer010: Seems like. I?d like to think I put up a good fight, but that crazy cat was just too crafty for me.
Nattiebo: Have you moved any of your machines back to SETI or are they still all Folding at this point?
Hummer010: None. All four of my machines are still folding. I may add a P4 2.2GHz in the near future as well. I still have a pipe dream that I might catch that cat. There is more than one way to skin a cat ? or so the saying goes.
Nattiebo: That is great that you are so passionate about doing one project over the other. If you were tasked to get people to switch from SETI to Folding, how would you convince them, in a few words?
Hummer010: Good question, tough one to answer. My initial reason for switching was that I was tired of getting passed by everyone in SETI. The thing I like about Folding over SETI is that things happen slower. A lot of the units take a long time to crunch, and the stats aren?t updated in real time. I don?t feel as compelled to check on things nearly as often as I did with SETI.
Nattiebo: What is the most exciting aspect about the LWD folding team?
Hummer010: I like the inter-team rivalries. There are a lot of competitive people involved with the LWD team, and seeing some of those battles (Dwarf vs. Cat was great!!) is very exciting.
Nattiebo: What does your wife and some of your family or good friends think about your Folding habits?
Hummer010: My wife approves of this more than SETI. She can see a point to it at least. She is certainly not excited about it though. No one else really knows about it. My father-in-law unknowingly runs it on both of his Celeron 1.8?s for me.
Nattiebo: Have you had any success in recruiting people to LWD?
Hummer010: None. I haven?t tried though, so it stands to reason that I would not have recruited anyone.
Nattiebo: How did you find LWD in the first place?
Hummer010: I came to read the review of the Creative DVD RAM back in about October of 2000. I signed up in November. The review had shown up in a google search.
Nattiebo: If you could improve or change anything about the Folding@Home Project, what would it be?
Hummer010: Their stats system. The stats are not updated in real time. Sometimes it takes hours for the points from a WU to show up.
Nattiebo: Do you think that is something fixable in the foreseeable future?
Hummer010: It could be. I don?t really understand how their stat system works, but it seems like it simply runs a job at certain intervals which updates the html, whereas SETI seems to use a live database connection. My guess is that Stanford has done this as a ?save the server? type of system.
Nattiebo: How long do you anticipate this project will run?
Hummer010: I don?t really know. As far as I understand it, they really want many runs on the same protein, and as computer power goes up, they can start sending out more and more complicated proteins. I would say that it could run indefinitely (Or at least indefinitely in computer terms ? which is to say 4-5 more years). That?s simply a guess though, I have nothing to base that on.
Nattiebo: What do you think the best thing is about LWD?
Hummer010: Definitely the people. Everyone is always willing to help out with just about anything. There are few places on the internet with the same collection of diverse knowledge, and the willingness to share it. You can get helpful advice on just about any subject here at LWD.
Nattiebo: You definitely add a lot to the LWD community, not just because you do the Folding@home news, but how much time does it take you daily to prepare the news each morning?
Hummer010: Probably about five minutes. I have managed to reduce it to a three step process. I have one php page that updates my database with the stats. A second page grabs the stats out of the database and prints them on screen in BBCode format. Then I copy and paste them to the forums. I had started work on a fully automated script that would update the DB, grab the stats and automatically post them. I was then going to have it run as a cron job so that nobody had to do anything, and the stats would be there (thanks for the suggestion random!). I had trouble figuring out the phpBB code to automate the post, and then haven?t had time to revisit it since.
Nattiebo: Currently, who on the Folding team gives you the most competition and who are you most close to catching?
Hummer010: My main competition right now is TheMightyHunter. It isn?t much of a competition though, I will be passed before long. I don?t think there is anyone I?m close to passing, and things will only get worse with the impending move and job change.
Nattiebo: Did Folding play any role in your difficulty in making a decision on taking the new position and moving?
Hummer010: Nope. It never crossed my mind until I was answering your previous question. I will lose the Celeron 1GHz for sure. And the 2 1.8GHz machines will still be here in Calgary, while I will be five hours away. They will still be running, as long as nothing goes wrong. If I manage to add the P4-2.2, it will also be here in Calgary. Of course, in the long term, I should have a little more money to buy toys with after the move is complete. Watch out little cat ? there?s a hummer on the way!!
Nattiebo: Hmmmmm, hope the cat doesn?t take that the wrong way! Hehe. Are you going to be able to Fold with the machines at the new job?
Hummer010: I?m sure that Akely knows it?s all in good fun. He?s a rather good taunter himself. I?m not sure about the new job. I will have to see what the IT department has to say once I start. I hope so though, the software I use has some pretty heavy hardware requirements, so it will be a good folding machine.
Nattiebo: Well, thanks letting us get to know you a little better. Do you have any final comments (free reign here)?
Folder: In all situations, remember to keep your stick on the ice. You can?t score if you?re not ready.
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