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09 F9... you know the rest
Posted by T on Thursday, May 03 @ 06:54:28 PDT (4224 reads)
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The EFF gives a perspective on the legal arguments against the now-infamous HD-DVD decryption key being publicised by third parties

F@H: Featured Folder - Monday, March 15, 2004 – Rahhstah
Posted by Nattiebo on Monday, March 15 @ 04:23:46 PST (9132 reads)
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Pleasant Monday to everyone... Hope you all had a great weekend and that spring is starting to grace ya'll with it's presence. Well here is a dog who needs no introduction... But I'll do it anyways... Give it up to... er... for Rahhstah!

F@H: Featured Folder - Monday, March 1, 2004 – SuperDwarf
Posted by Nattiebo on Monday, March 01 @ 15:27:35 PST (7603 reads)
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Ok, it's Monday evening and I'm finally able to post this... Was a long day and I'm sorry that I wasn't able to get this posted prior to now, but here it is, and I can tell you that it is definitely worth the wait (not that I personally had to wait because I had already read this :-P) Anyways, enjoy reading about our favorite Dwarf in the LWD community, SuperDwarf!!!

F@H: Featured Folder - Monday, February 23, 2003 – Blahpony
Posted by Nattiebo on Sunday, February 22 @ 18:05:04 PST (7088 reads)
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Happy Monday, ya'll. Before I get to the interview... must say this has been a superb weekend... My brother-in-law got into TPS, I did the Myrtle Beach Marathon, and got assigned to the project I wanted at work... ok... done gloating now :-D Anyways, just to put an end to the weekend, we have a fun Folder to Feature to tip off the work-week, so without further ado, let me introduce you to the one, the only (and yes the only... read on...) Blahpony!!!!!

F@H: Featured Folder - Monday, February 16, 2004 – Bathomps
Posted by Nattiebo on Sunday, February 15 @ 22:00:00 PST (6503 reads)
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Happy President's Day all! What an eventful weekend... first Friday the 13th, then Valentine's Day, then the birthday of one of our own, and back to Monday again.... If you have a day off today, enjoy it, if not, then I hope that this exciting interview helps pass some time today while at work!
This week, I am introducing the one and only top dog Folder here at LWD, so he probably doesn't need an introduction... but for those of you who are not or maybe you are just lacking Folding knowledge, here is the leading man, Bathomps!!

F@H: Featured CaptMorgan - Monday, February 2, 2004 – CaptMorgan
Posted by FatherTyme on Monday, February 02 @ 00:15:05 PST (7252 reads)
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Monday greetings to you all. I hope this interview brings some excitement into your lives on this otherwise depressing day of the first day after the Superbowl where you have to wait several months to watch football again! We have just the man to cheer you dogs (and cats) up today! So I’ll shut up now and get on with the interview. Here is… CaptMorgan!

Nattiebo: Aye, CaptMorgan,… Give us some details about yourself… - Age, Sex, Student/Career?
CaptMorgan: Sure. I’m 35 (damn, that old already?), normal American male, and I work at a major retailer as a Systems Architect for their stores. It’s cool because I help make decisions on the software and hardware for the company. I also own my own business doing computer work (repairs, installation, websites, consulting..)

F@H: Featured Folder - Ghoonter
Posted by FatherTyme on Monday, January 26 @ 01:11:08 PST (6740 reads)
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Happy Monday ya’ll… I hope everyone is surviving the winter weather that it seems as though all are getting (except a few of us)… You have probably heard of this particular Folder before and most likely don’t know much about him, so here is your chance to meet one of your fellow teammates, Ghoonter!

Nattiebo: Hello, Ghoonter… Would you please give us some details about yourself… - Age, Sex, Student/Career?
Ghoonter: Hi Nattiebo. I am 29 years old (male) and I am a software engineer.

F@H: Featured Folder - JAmZSeSSioN
Posted by FatherTyme on Monday, January 12 @ 00:00:00 PST (7026 reads)
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Happy Monday... Mondays have this awful way of just sneaking up on us... Very quickly, I might add. This interview of JamZSession will make you forget how frustrating it was to hear your alarm clock this morning! So enjoy!

Nattiebo: Hey JamZ!!? Give us some details about yourself? - Age, Sex, Student/Career?

JAmZSeSSioN: I?m 35 years old. Married for 10 years with 2 kids ( both boys 2 years and 6 years ). Livin in the Windy City.

Nattiebo: Do you have any hobbies or interests other than computers?

JAmZSeSSioN: Any thing to do with NASCAR or Professional Dancing.

Nattiebo: How did you get so big into NASCAR?

JAmZSeSSioN: Not sure, I?ve just always been a NASCAR fan.

Nattiebo: Who is your favorite driver?

JAmZSeSSioN:I?ve always been a Mark Martin fan but lately I?ve enjoyed watching the new drivers like Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth

Nattiebo: Professional Dancing as in Ballroom or another type? What is your favorite type of dance? Do you compete at this time?

JAmZSeSSioN:Competition Couples Ballroom/Country. My wife and I, along with some friends, saw a competition locally that just blew our minds. We all jumped into it together. My wife and I stuck with it for just about 7 years. My wife prefers the Waltz. Did you notice how I excluded myself from that? I?m a West Coast Swing guy. But, after an injury to my Achilles tendon and the birth of our first child, we retired. It?s been 6 years since our last Professional Competition. We still dance socially.

Nattiebo: That?s really cool! Did you and your wife travel around to compete or are there local competitions in your area?

JAmZSeSSioN : We traveled every other week to different cities around the US. Never really could afford the competitions overseas at that time.

Nattiebo: How did you get the name JAmZSeSSioN?

JAmZSeSSioN: My wife and I were part of a dance team that created a dance called the Swingjam. Since then, I was given Swingjam as a nickname. Once I started doing some basic video production for friends I needed a name. The full name is JAmZ SeSSioN Productions

Nattiebo: When did you become a Folding freak?

JAmZSeSSioN: Right after the whole SETI cheating thing happened last year. Seems Berkley didn?t care about the cheating because they were too tied up with BOINC. I figured that if the didn?t care?neither would I. Also, searching for a cure for cancer seems more important.

Nattiebo: Where did you learn to Fold (or first hear about it)?

JAmZSeSSioN: From Code_Monkey (Big shout out to the Monkey). He hooked me up with some alternative Distributing Computing Sites. I actually ran United Devices for a brief while before Folding. Once the LWD Folding Team kicked into gear?I switched.

Nattiebo: On how many machines are you currently Folding?

JAmZSeSSioN: 13 machine?s. 8 are home machine. 3 are work machines. 2 are family member?s machines. None of them are jacked!

Nattiebo: Wow, 8 home machines! That?s impressive? Have you simply just acquired 8 home machines over the years or were they acquired with the thought of number crunching in the back of your mind?

JAmZSeSSioN: I actually have 5 to myself. My wife has 1 and my boys each have 1. All but 2 were built by me. I love Networking and Securities (and number crunching).

Nattiebo: What is your method of choice for networking all of these machines?

JAmZSeSSioN: Wireless

Nattiebo: Do you have different uses for each of your 5 personal machines?

JAmZSeSSioN: Yes. The File Server runs Windows. The Print Server runs Mandrake. My laptop dual boots XP and Mandrake and is my main machine. My learning/test machine runs SuSe right now but will run BSD next. And the headless LWD box runs Mandrake (Folding Only Box).

Nattiebo: Do you find that you get faster results with different operating systems or are they all pretty even, relatively speaking of course, because I?m not sure if they are the same processor speed, and what-not?

JAmZSeSSioN: Running the windows client in Linux using an emulator like Wine, will speed it up a little but you?ll get a faster result just using Windows. We are really only talking about an hour difference. When it takes some proteins 24 hours to complete, the difference doesn?t really matter.

Nattiebo: Are you an overclocking "Freak" on your machines?

JAmZSeSSioN:Nope, never seen the need for it.

Nattiebo: Do you use any of the Folding add-ons to keep track of stats?

JAmZSeSSioN: Electron Microscope and F@H Log Stats

Nattiebo: What do you personally hope to accomplish by Folding?

JAmZSeSSioN: This is where I do the whole ?Cure Cancer? thing right? Actually, I enjoy the team competition as much as the cure for cancer idea.

Nattiebo: Who is currently your biggest competitor on the team?

JAmZSeSSioN: None really. I?m not in the same class as Bathomps and SuperDwarf and the others ahead of me are doing about the same numbers or slightly higher.

Nattiebo: Have you participated in or would you ever consider any other computing distributions?

I may go back to SETI. That is unless FIDO starts another TEAM for another project. I?ll be there to show my support.

Nattiebo: For what reasons would you choose to go back to SETI? Would you keep some computers Folding at that time?

JAmZSeSSioN: At this point, if I return to SETI it would be with only 1 machine (the soon to be acquired AMD/64 3200+ that will replace the Dual File Server).

Nattiebo: What is the most exciting aspect about the LWD folding team?

JAmZSeSSioN: The fun of it. We have a good time ribbing each other.

Nattiebo: What does your significant other or good friends think about your Folding habits?

JAmZSeSSioN: My wife understands this better than SETI. My friends, well, they just don?t get it.

Nattiebo: Have you had any success in recruiting people to LWD?

JAmZSeSSioN: Nope.

Nattiebo: How did you find LWD in the first place?

JAmZSeSSioN: ?How to Change the Windows Bootup Screen? got me here from google.

Nattiebo: And, how many times have you changed the Windows Bootup Screen since then??

JAmZSeSSioN: Once. I think I still have it on disk somewhere. (ARGG) See what you made me do now! I?ll be looking for it for days!

Nattiebo: If you could improve or change anything about the Folding@Home Project, what would it be?

JAmZSeSSioN: Expansion into more Medical areas. A 64 bit client would help also.

Nattiebo: Any particular medical fields into which you would like to see F@H expand?

JAmZSeSSioN: I?d like to see more research on the Brain and Alzheimer's disease. I believe there is only 2 proteins available related to the Brain.

Nattiebo: What do you think the best thing is about LWD?

JAmZSeSSioN: Knowledge. You can get an answer for everything here.

Nattiebo: Well, thanks letting us get to know you a little better. Do you have any final comments (free reign here)?

JAmZSeSSioN: Woof Woof Dawgs. Fold On!

F@H: Featured Folder - Jaymac
Posted by FatherTyme on Monday, January 05 @ 00:00:00 PST (9605 reads)
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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.?
--Stephen Braveheart

True, so very true. 
Finally, as you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!

F@H: Featured Folder - Akely
Posted by FatherTyme on Monday, December 22 @ 00:00:00 PST (7114 reads)
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Happy Monday folks! I wish all of you a very wonderful holiday season, and hope that this Featured Folder interview (even though it's a cat), kicks this week off nicely! So, before you jump straight into the chase, sit back, kick up your paws, and give a nice warm welcome to our feline friend, Akely!

Nattiebo: So,... Give us some details about yourself... - Age, Sex, Student/Career?

Akely: I'm still 37. I kind of like being 37, and plan to stay this age for several years. I'm male and also plan to stay so. I work at an air force base. I've been in the service since 1988, mostly doing stuff in the "War & Suffering Department" and Military Police duty. But since the base is closing and we no longer train any (conscript) troops I've been switched to running the garrisons intranet. It is mostly fun, even if sitting in an office is alien to me. I miss the mud at times.

Nattiebo: Please elaborate on your plan to stay 37... How does that work because I'm kind of diggin' 25!

Nattiebo: Easy. No birthday celebrations. I figure if I have no birthday party I do not have a birthday. Therefore I do not get older. Looks good on paper.

Nattiebo: Do you have any hobbies or interests other than computers?

Akely: The Flea is pretty cool to play with, so she is Number One. But that's family. Other stuff I do is role playing games, the old pen-and-paper kind. We're a bunch of old farts that try to get together every Wednesday night for a couple of hours.
Too much money is plowed down into HiFi stuff. At least Flea says so. I try to spend a lot of time listening to music or watching movies.
I ride, and often crash, a mountain bike too. Very convenient thing since we have no car.

Nattiebo: What is your favorite movie? Music genre??

Akely: There are many movies I like. Picking favorites is impossible. Some that I do like a lot is Hellraiser , Se7en and The Seventh Seal . Almost all John Carpenter movies are worthwhile, especially his earlier ones.
Music is almost impossible for me to pick anything favorite. My collection starts on ABBA and Ends with ZZ Top. I listen to classical, metal, jazz, opera, punk... and so on. If you want me to recommend something Swedish and good: Opeth.

Nattiebo: Is crashing a mountain bike a cat-like thing to do?

Akely: Probably not. Come to think of it: I rarely land on my feet. Strange. Perhaps it is due to my tail often getting stuck in the rear wheel.

Nattiebo: How did you get the name Akely, Akely?

Akely: The name originates from an H. P. Lovecraft novel. I used it in a role-playing game about 20 years ago. It was such a memorable character that the name stuck.

Nattiebo: When did you become a Folding freak?

Akely: I'm not sure. Been at it about five months I think.

Nattiebo: Where did you learn to Fold (or first hear about it)?

Akely: At www.littleblackdog.com. Of course. :)

Nattiebo: Do you have a favorite protein?

Akely:That would be the one I can eat. Or are there proteins in beer? If there are, those are my favorite ones. Project 638, 639 and 692 seems to be the Folding proteins I usually end up with.

Nattiebo: On how many machines are you currently Folding?

Akely: 10 at the moment. One is a hyperthreading P4 so it's 11 jobs running. All of them are running 24/7. It perhaps sounds like a lot. But only two of the machines are P4s. Three are P3s. There are two P2s and three Pentiums. The Pentiums rarely produce results on time. Ah well...

Nattiebo: Are you an overclocking "Freak" on your machines?

Akely: Yes. Generally I overclock about 10-15 % on those machines it is possible to do so on.

Nattiebo: Do you use any of the Folding add-ons to keep track of stats?

Akely: Electron Microscope is always running.

Nattiebo: What do you personally hope to accomplish by Folding?

Akely: Just knowing that I perhaps can help curing Alzheimer, cancer and other deceases feels rewarding to me. I've lost close friends to cancer and other deceases. It is something I feel I, and everybody, could be without.

Nattiebo: Have you participated in or would you ever consider any other computing distributions?

Akely: I've run SETI for years. I still do on some machines that is impossible to connect to the Internet.

Nattiebo: What is the most exciting aspect about the LWD folding team?

Akely: I guess it's the good natured competitiveness in the team. Another major thing is the great stats that Toast and lately Hummer have supplied.

Nattiebo: Who is currently your biggest Folding competition? Any people you would like to pass or ward off in the near future?

Akely: I promised a LWD donation ($20) if Hummer010, Jay-C and Pakiii where all before me by Christmas Eve. It is in this thread. Looks like I get to keep my money, because Hummer010 is behind. ***Small evil dance with obscene gestures edited out rof PG-13 rating***
A wet dream is getting enough power to pass that little SuperDwarf. He sure has gotten those little legs of his pedaling lately. Bah.
I'm also trying to pass Therapist and Kligenthatl BEFORE TheMightyHunter passes me. I visit Foldingatwork.com quite often to check up on the stats. It is a great site that allows you to check on how long it is before you pass (or is passed by) someone. Like this, for example. Great for checking any races.

Nattiebo: What does your significant other or good friends think about your Folding habits?

Akely: The Flea likes it and feels she also is a part of it. Most others don't really get it.

Nattiebo: Does she have an account as well or do you use your account together?

Akely: We share the account. The Flea isn't exactly computer savvy, nor does she aspire to be. Using Word and playing the Sims is what she does with the computers.

Nattiebo: Have you had any success in recruiting people to LWD?

Akely: I've recruited some friends, mostly from the old SETI team. Most of them are of the kind that turn off their computers when they don't actively use it. Weird, huh?

Nattiebo: How did you find LWD in the first place?

Akely: Don't remember exactly. I suppose it was a Google search on some hardware. I usually do too many of those.

Nattiebo: If you could improve or change anything about the Folding@Home Project, what would it be?

Akely: I'd like to be able to Fold on machines that never can be hooked up to the Internet. We have a lot of those machines at work. And I think I perhaps could use some of them. There are such programs for SETI, SETIHide, for example.

Nattiebo: What do you think the best thing is about LWD?

Akely: For me LWD and LBD (and the LWD Chat)is pretty much the same thing. The LWD has articles/news/links that are on my level of experience. LBD I like a lot. It's one of the few forums I go to that people act responsibly in. Well... almost all and almost always. People are helpful and kind. That occasionally brings out some niceness in me too. And I like that. There are to many people on my A-list to mention here, you all know who you are peeps!

Nattiebo: So without LWD/LBD influence would you be another one of those evil cats that gives felines a bad rep?

Akely: Erm... Yes.

Nattiebo: Are you at least declawed?

Akely: No. De-clawing is a heinous act. It should be punishable by having ones nails ripped out. De-clawing is almost as bad as hunting wolves - another of my favorite animals.

Nattiebo: Well, thanks letting us get to know you a little better. Do you have any final comments (free reign here)?

Akely: Life is like hockey: you don't deserve to score. You just make it happen.

F@H: Featured Folder - Hummer010
Posted by FatherTyme on Sunday, December 14 @ 00:00:00 PST (8470 reads)
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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.

F@H: Featured Folder - Pakiii
Posted by FatherTyme on Friday, December 27 @ 00:00:00 PST (3038 reads)
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Today we have Double Feature! We interviewed our first Folding@home LWD Team Member Pakiii. Here are the Current Stats So sit back and learn a little more about Folding and team member Pakiii.

KingKash: Give us some details about Pakiii? Age, Sex, Student/Career, Hobbies, Interests other than computers?

Pakiii: Well Lets see, I?m 23 and Male. Student Wise, I went through a local vo-tech for Electronics, then to Washburn University for Industrial Technology, and then on to KU for Computer Engineering for a couple years. Right now I work for the State of Kansas as an IT Consultant for the Division of Facilities Management. So I get to do a little engineering and computer and programming stuff and kinda mesh em all together. I have some different hobbies I guess. I like to do blacksmithing work and have set myself up a little shop/forge out in my garage (thankfully it?s not attached, house on fire=bad). I started back taking Eastern martial arts 9 months ago after several years off. I?m on my fourth style of Eastern Martial arts (Southwind Shorin Ryu) and that takes a bit of my time. I also perform with Renaissance Sword Theatre. I?ve been with the group for 4 years now and we do live Steel Combat shows, mainly at renaissance festivals. I?m also married to Jessica for about a year and a half now. She also does the sword fighting stuff, so it makes for some interesting arguments at our house =).

KingKash: Is the consulting work a full time job or is it only when they need you?

Pakiii: It?s a full time job actually. Consultant is kinda misleading I guess but it?s my actual job title. I?m sort of a political work around. I actually work in the Division of Information Systems and Communications in the small agency support division. I am assigned to only work with the Division of Facilities Management (not exactly a ?small?agency) however and do all of their IT support and take care of any sort of computer and networking needs.

KingKash: How in the world did you get into blacksmithing? What kinds of things do you make?

Pakiii: My senior year in High school I had all of my English and math type requirements out of the way and had been taking shop classes sophomore year up. My senior Year was almost entirely spent in Electronics class or Metal shop, so I really got into working metals. I had been slowly picked up a couple tools here and there to do stuff on my own, and got into the sword group I am in, which got me interested in the metallurgy of the blades, which led to how do they make them? I did quite a bit of research online and have a small collection of books and then decided to build my first forge. I found a local blacksmith who doesn?t have time anymore for it who sold me a couple tools to get me started and I?ve just been experimenting from there. Most of what I have made have either been swords or parts for swords, since I?ve got an immediate need for that. I also do some decorative stuff like candle holders and iron roses for female relatives as gifts. It?s mostly been a very as I get the bug going out and working on stuff. Since I?ve got the new place now I am currently setting things up to make bigger and better stuff and have plans for several new tools I?ll be needing to make =).

KingKash: What other martial arts styles have you done and how far did you get in each?

Pakiii: When I was little (6 or 7) I took Tai Kwon Do for a couple years, I made it up to Green belt there. I then got into Kaju Kenpo a Hawaiian style of Karate and made it up to Green there as well. I then got into Shaolin Kempo a Kung Fu and worked up to red belt there (1 under black). Right now I just made it up to Green belt in Shorin Ryu

KingKash: You mentioned your wife Jessica also does the sword fighting stuff, that must be fun to be able to vent some steam, while whacking your wife, without causing any pain or marital problems! Seriously though, how did you meet?

Pakiii: Actually we met through the sword group. She?s actually the Vice president of the group and had been in it for two year before I got in. We really don?t get to vent steam and whack each other at all with this, although we do have lots of ?lively? discussions on technique =). We use real swords, are unchoreographed, and are unarmored. We treat it like a martial art and have developed our own system based off of several of the German and English styles of Renaissance Martial arts. It?s all about control there, if a person makes a wrong move or gets a little to overexited someone can get seriously hurt. Thankfully we?ve never had any really serious injuries other than some cuts and bruises. You can also see some of the video?s we have up Here They are somewhat old and the one?s of me are from a character I only played for a few shows as needed. My characters Bio on the site is Here

KingKash: Have you ever had to use your knowledge of these different Martial Arts to defend yourself or someone else?

Pakiii: Honestly, no I haven?t had to use it. I haven?t had to get in many fights and all of those were when I was a kid, and I just don?t count those as real fights. I?m pretty easy going and have always been able to work around actually getting into a fight by talking it out. The closest I?ve come is the tournament sparring I?ve done.

KingKash: How did you find LWD?

Pakiii: Honestly I don?t remember how exactly I found LWD. I know somewhere else had linked to LWD and I checked out the site because there was a review on something that I was looking for. I liked what I saw and kept coming back.

KingKash: Where did you get the name Pakiii?

Pakiii: That one has kinda evolved over the years. It started out as my Initials FEFIII which I used as my first e-mail address way back when my parents were on AOL. I played a few games over the years and used the handle Wolfpak. SO I just kinda combined them a while back and have been doing most stuff online as PAKIII.

KingKash: Have you had any success in recruiting people to LWD?s Folding Team?

Pakiii: Honestly I haven?t had any success so far with that. Most of my friends aren?t too into computers and my co-workers are just confused =). I?ll convert some of them someday.

KingKash: Money aside, which of the newest of the Intel or AMD processors would you go for?

Pakiii: I would have to go for AMD there. I?ve been a die hard AMD fan for years now and I only commit the sacrilegious act of running Intel now for work systems (except for my own machine)

KingKash: Do you build all the pc?s at work or do you by them from system builders (OEM)?

Pakiii: I order all of the systems through a vendor. We have contracts that we have to purchase off of for given lengths of time. My work computer is a different story though. They didn?t have it in the budget for new computers when I was needing a higher end system, but they did have a big parts budget. So I got a new motherboard, Ram and Processor and built the rest from old spare parts computers that I had stashed away. I am a pretty bad pack rat honestly and have a whole storage room upstairs devoted to my computer parts that people have started referring to as the emporium.

KingKash: What do you think about the current lag AMD has in the Megahertz Warz?

Pakiii: I think performance wise they are only slightly behind on the top of the line processor even though the MHZ is lower that?s not what it?s all about. For the high end processors (Not the just released but what most people would buy) they seem to be neck and neck in my opinion but AMD prices their product much more competitively. I haven?t been keeping up with the latest and greatest on the market though for a couple months, so things may have changed slightly since.

KingKash: Where did you hear about Folding?

Pakiii: I actually originally heard about Folding from LWD.

KingKash: When did you start running Folding?

Pakiii: I started about the time that it was first said that there was an LWD team for folding

KingKash: Why did you start?

Pakiii: I originally started off running Seti after having lurked around the LWD message boards for a little while and decided to join in. When I saw someone posting about the Folding project I did some research, and it sounded like a really useful and beneficial project to work with. I decided to completely halt all the Seti work and switched everything over to Folding

KingKash: What was your first machine to run Folding?

Pakiii: The first machine I put folding on is my work machine. It?s a hodge-podge of different parts I scrounged together and FIC main board running and AMD athlon 1300mhz. It?s still running folding now and runs pretty much around the clock.

KingKash: How many machines do you run now?

Pakiii: Folding consistently runs on 2 machines right now (AMD 1300, AMD 1800). Because of work I?ve had to take several machines off of Folding for a while and people have had a chance to catch up to me. I just recently (this week) put 6 machines back into full time Folding (2 650 Intel Servers, 2 Intel 700, 1 Intel 650, 1 P4 1800). When I first started I had it running on 9 different P4 1800MHZ machines as well as the two that are now running it. Within the next several weeks I should be putting 4 more machines back into production that I had to take offline for work.

KingKash: Do you have any machines at home? Do you have high speed internet access?

Pakiii: I?ve got 3 machines at home right now, two are 1800 MHZ systems homebrew, one is not running right now because of remodeling we are doing, but will be before weeks end. The other is a 600 system that is also not running but again will be very soon devoted to just folding and proxy server. I?ve got Cable access where I live now and I don?t think I could ever go back to just a dial-up, ever! again.

KingKash: What type of remodeling are you doing? Are you doing the work yourself?

Pakiii: We bought a house here several months ago that?s about 100 yrs old and we?ve been bit by bit re-painting, patching, and re-wiring. Yea, doing all of the work myself with the help of family and friends. Luckily about anything that I can?t do on the house myself I know someone who can and is happy to help. Of course the Pizza place and liquor store is starting to love me because of it. =)

KingKash: What do you hope to accomplish by Folding?

Pakiii: I would really like to see some real results being made by the crunching that is going on. I?d love to hear someday how a new vaccine or new discovery or something along those lines was invented thanks to the research made possible by the Folding Distributing Computing.

KingKash: What would your ultimate Folding machine be?

Pakiii: I?ve been trying to get together for a while a rack for folding systems only. See I?ve got this spare computer rack from one of the old buildings and a bunch of old 300mhz systems I can?t get rid of, and I?ve been trying to put together a rack setup with just the basics to get the systems to run and see how many CPU?s I can have going at once with VNC to do the occasional tweaking or updating as necessary.

KingKash: What is your rank in the LWD Folding Team? Do you get caught up in the numbers/points or do you just Fold for fun? How many members of the team are there?

Pakiii: Right now I am in 6th place. I was sitting on top for a while back until Bathomps came in and ran right through the whole thing. I had to take a lot of my systems off so people were able to catch up to me. I?ve got most back online now though and I should be able to start putting a little pressure on them =). I like doing it for fun mostly. I don?t get too caught up with the numbers of who?s got what systems and who?s above and below me. Although I do keep track of them =). Right now it says there are 79 members, but I?d guess about half of that are actually active.

KingKash: Would you consider any other distributed computing projects besides Folding?

Pakiii: Right now I don?t see any other projects I consider possibly as beneficial. While SETI may be a good idea, I think there are too many people polluting the waters cheating to make it work and Folding seems to me like more of an attainable benefit.

KingKash: Did you ever run SETI?

Pakiii: I ran SETI a little while after finding LWD and joining the Forums. After I heard about the Folding project I thought that was much more to my taste and stopped SETI production at 150 wu and switched them all over to Folding.

KingKash: What does your significant other or good friends think about Folding?

Pakiii: My Wife is just confused and says ?whatever, have fun? whenever I try to explain.

KingKash: If you could improve anything about the Folding Project, what would it be?

Pakiii: I think just general stability of the client. I?ve had issues with anything other than the commandline client, and even then it doesn?t run right with my v-scanner when I have it do a full system scan.

KingKash: What do you think the best thing is about LWD?

Pakiii: I think probably the best thing about LWD is that everyone in the forums seems to be truly good people. You can come on there and ask a question or make a comment and you don?t see flame wars left and right, but people having actual conversations, and trying to help out those that have questions.

KingKash: Any suggestions to anyone who is thinking about joining the Folding team?

Pakiii: Yea, just stick with it. Folding is a little different than how a lot of the distributed computing is, with Work Units worth differing levels of points and no caching and expiring work units and people get frustrated a little early on. It?s a lot of fun and just stick with it. You?ll move right along even if you?ve got one of the slowest machines running it. All in all it is a good cause that everyone is working for.


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