[RC5] If you were writing our next client, what would you put in it?

David Cantrell david at wirestation.co.uk
Tue Apr 27 18:23:00 EDT 1999

> I would like to see some kind of system of primary and secondary buffer 
> files.  I.E.  I usually feed buffers over a home LAN.  Lets say you have a 
> laptop plugged into this LAN.  Whenever the client on it needs to read or 
> write to the buffer, it first tries to access the buffers on my main desktop 
> computer via the network.  If it is unable to do this (either because I am 
> away from home with it or the network is not working), it should have the 
> option of using a secondary set of buffer files (in this case I would make 
> them local to the laptop).  This way if something goes wrong early in the 
> night, all the blocks done that night are not disgarded.  I could also work 
> away from home without the hassle of manually swapping buffer files and 
> changing .ini files.

I was thinking about this a lot, but since setting up a perproxy on my 
home LAN everything's fine.  The laptop _usually_ just sits on the LAN, 
working with small (10 block) buffers.  Prior to taking it away I 
simply shut the client down cos running the CPU at 100% all the time 
eats batteries.  [thinks - could I have a cron job check every few 
minutes to see if the power has changed and do this automagically?]

In general, it's safe to assume that a LAN will always be up, 
particularly if it's a small one at home.  Whether your other machines 
are up is a different matter, but if you're serious about your keyrate 
you NEVER turn 'em off ;-)

David - http://www.ThePentagon.com/NukeEmUp

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