F@H: Featured Folder - Jaymac
Posted on Monday, January 05 @ 00:00:00 PST by FatherTyme
Good morning? and welcome to another addition of The Featured Folder. This week we have journeyed to the other side of the Atlantic to interview a particular potato head. So, on that note, here is our Irish Folding Freak, Jaymac!!
Nattiebo: So, Jaymac, our favorite Irish chap on the Folding team? Give us some details about yourself? - Age, Sex, Student/Career?
Jaymac: Hey, my name?s John, I?m a 16-year-old male student in Northern Ireland. After school I hope to study Medical Sciences at university, probably in England, as I hate living in a country so divided by Religious beliefs.
Nattiebo: Medical Sciences, eh? Do you want to be a doctor when you are older or do you have your mind set on something else?
Jaymac: At the moment I do? well, at least I think I do! My grandfather was a doctor, and my cousin is one, so it runs in the family I guess. I?ll need to work very hard though if I?m to get into Medical School!
Nattiebo: Do you know what kind of doc you want to be?
Jaymac: Not sure yet. My sister has congenital heart disease and was in hospital having an operation this summer. The surgeons there were great, so perhaps I?ll go down that road. I really don?t know yet though!
Nattiebo: I loved reading about her operation, although was sad that such a young girl had to go through that. How is your sister doing these days anyways??? Hopefully all is well!
Jaymac: She?s doing fine now? back at school and coping a lot better. She?s able to walk the several miles along our beach now and back, whereas before she wouldn?t have managed more than 100 yards. She?s still very skinny though ? but her horse riding will soon help her put on a little weight!
Nattiebo: What was your favorite part of the holiday season this year?
Jaymac: Opening all the presents on Christmas Day! Also, the time off school to catch up on all the sleep I?ve missed since September
Nattiebo: What was the best present you received this year?
Jaymac: I got mainly clothes and some money, but my favourite present was the Network Adaptor for my PlayStation2 coupled with my new broadband connection, which means I can now play games on my PS2 online.
Nattiebo: Cool! Have you tested it out yet? What games do you have that are online???
Jaymac: Yeah, I?m playing SSX3, Need For Speed: Underground and Hardware: Online Arena online. It?s great fun ? but SSX is the only one I?m any good at!
Nattiebo: What is SSX3? Is it anything like Tricky? What a fun game? Are you more into the sporty games, since you are quite the sportsman or more into the adventure or fantasy games?
Jaymac: Yeah it?s the same series, but that?s where the similarities end. Apart from now being able to play online, all the courses are linked together into one huge mountain. I like Arcade/Action games mainly ? but I?ll play anything if it looks like fun! The only game genre I don?t bother with is RPGs.
Nattiebo: Do you have any hobbies or interests other than computers?
Jaymac: Yeah, I play tennis competitively at provincial level ? I?m in the Ulster Under 18 development squad. I play for my local junior and senior club teams too. I also play a mean game of golf! I love to read, in fact I spend an hour or so reading every day. I?m currently reading Birdsong by Sebastien Faulks.
Nattiebo: What?s your favorite book?
Jaymac: Hmm, that?s a toughie. I liked the Philip Pullman trilogy, ?His Dark Materials,? and I love military histories, and enjoy anything by Stephen Ambrose ? ?Band of Brothers? etc? Overall my favourite book would be a book that I read quite recently, ?Emperor: The Gates of Rome,? by Conn Iggulden.
Nattiebo: How did you get the name Jaymac?
Jaymac: A few years ago, when we first got the internet, I wanted a separate AOL account from the rest of the family. I took the ?Jay? from the ?J? in my first name (John), and the ?Mac? from the ?Mc? in my surname (McGuckian). Hence, the name Jaymac, and I liked it, so I?ve used it ever since.
Nattiebo: On what date did you become a Folding freak?
Jaymac: I can?t remember exactly, but I started doing SETI around the time I signed up on the LWD forums, which is about a year ago. I moved over to Folding after I?d done 100 SETI WUs, which I think was around May/June. I?ve been hooked since!
Nattiebo: Where did you learn to Fold (or first hear about it)?
Jaymac: I?ve been good friends with fellow LWD member Toast, for a few years. We met in an old online game, and it was he who introduced me to LWD, and, firstly to SETI@Home. Then he got big into Folding, and convinced me to make the switch.
Nattiebo: Toast, if you are reading this, thanks for bringing in such a great asset to LWD/LBD. Jaymac, do you two still get the chance to play games? What games are you into now, if any?
Jaymac: Toast has been very busy in recent months, and we haven?t played any online games together since Silent Death: Online, but that shut down in 2001. We do manage the occasional game of Chess on Yahoo! ? but Toast is very good, and I?m not much of a challenge for him! I?m playing a game at the moment called Subspace Continuum, but I tend to stick more nowadays to PC strategy games, or my PS2.
Nattiebo: On how many machines are you currently Folding?
Jaymac: Just the one. I did try to install F@H on 7 or 8 computers in a cyber caf‚ in Dublin, at the start of December, when I was down there for a concert, but sadly it all came to nothing.
Nattiebo: Are you an overclocking "Freak" on your machines?
Jaymac: I have a P4 3.06Ghz currently running at 3.15Ghz, but I don?t want to risk it and go any further? I don?t know what I?m doing!
Nattiebo: Do you use any of the Folding add-ons to keep track of stats?
Jaymac: I used the command line version of F@H, with Electron Microscope, when I had hyper threading running on my computer, so I was running 2 clients. I found it not to be much faster than having just the one going so I switched back to normal, and started running the graphical client again.
Nattiebo: What do you personally hope to accomplish by Folding?
Jaymac: I hope that I can look back in a few years, and say that I helped find a cure/prevention for diseases such as Alzheimer?s.
Nattiebo: Do you have a favorite Protein or one that you fold more often than others?
Jaymac: I love p571_L939_K12M_nat, which gives 47 points, and I managed to complete 4 times in one day, but I haven?t got it in a while now. My most common protein is p638_L939_K12M_ext, which is a biggie and takes a couple of days to do, but gives me 71 points each time.
Nattiebo: Have you participated in or would you ever consider any other computing distributions?
Jaymac: I used to run SETI, but I?m strictly a Pooch Powered Protein Pholder now!
Nattiebo: What is the most exciting aspect about the LWD folding team?
Jaymac: Rivalries. Right now I?m trying desperately to catch and pass Toast before he starts Folding again.
Nattiebo: Does Toast know that you are trying to pass him? Once you pass him, who will be your next target?
Jaymac: From the day I started Folding I always told Toast I?d catch him eventually. I?m not sure if he knows how close I am to him, but I?ll let him know when I sail past! After Toast, if I could, I?d want to get after that pesky cat, Akely? but with only 1 machine, that isn?t going to happen. Breaking into the top 40 will be my next goal.
Nattiebo: Have you had any races in the past few months?
Jaymac: Apart from valiantly trying to keep Akely off at the end of the summer I haven?t really ? I stopped Folding when I went back to school in September, and only started again around Hallowe?en. If Toast gets started again, I?ll race him to 5000 points, but we?ll have to wait and see I guess.
Nattiebo: What does your significant other or good friends or family think about your Folding habits?
Jaymac: My family finds it irritating that I leave the computer on all night, which ?is a terrible waste of electricity.? Most of my friends aren?t interested either, which is a pity.
Nattiebo: Have you explained to them the concept behind F@H and the good it can do?
Jaymac: Yeah, but my mum in particular is dubious about anything computer related, and suspects it to be a virus of some sort. My friends wont listen to anything I say about it ? I put up a few notices around the school but nobody paid any attention.
Nattiebo: Do you ever have access to any friends computer where you could just add it onto there or is that not your style?
Jaymac: Heh, that?s not a bad idea ? but I don?t usually have the opportunity to do that. Usually if I?m at a friend?s house it?s either to go out to a club or something, or for parties etc?
Nattiebo: Have you had any success in recruiting people to LWD?
Jaymac: I did persuade one friend to install Folding on his machine, but he hasn?t dropped a WU yet, and it was a few months ago, so I presume he must have abandoned it! I asked my school if I could install Folding on any of their 100+ machines, but they refused.
Nattiebo: How did you find LWD in the first place?
Jaymac: Through Toast, who was constantly giving me links to all these hilarious sites/images, and I wanted to know where he was getting them from (Freaky Findings as it turned out). As soon as I saw the site I signed up straight away.
Nattiebo: If you could improve or change anything about the Folding@Home Project, what would it be?
Jaymac: I don?t really know how it could be improved, except for dynamic stat updates, but Hummer already mentioned that.
Nattiebo: What do you think the best thing is about LWD?
Jaymac: The community is great, and the fact that any computer related problem I experience, I know someone at the forums can help me with it, is very reassuring. I enjoy reading the reviews as well.
Nattiebo: Well, thanks letting us get to know you a little better. Do you have any final comments (free reign here)?
Jaymac: ?In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.?
True, so very true.
Finally, as you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!
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