[RC5] Website Content Suggestions

Jim C. Nasby decibel at distributed.net
Wed Aug 3 16:12:39 EDT 2005

Well, I think the webcode is publicly availble via CVS if you want to
submit some patches. Or stop by on IRC if you want to talk about it with
some people. Personally, I have enough trouble finding time to work on
the stats database, let alone the stats website. The main website is
completely off my radar. But there's others who could probably work with
you on improving things.

On Wed, Aug 03, 2005 at 12:24:18PM -0700, Astin Ra'k wrote:
> Jim, Thank you for the response.
> 1st, please let me say that the clients are very well
> programmed!  And I agree that they are ready to go out
> of the box.
> And let me also add that I have enjoyed my very short
> time at Distributed.net and learning about
> distributive computing.  And trying to submit as many
> work units as possible with x86 chips :-)  Darn mac's!
> But here is my insight.  And remember I am new and
> represent a completely non-informed and non-biased
> humble opinion.
> It was difficult to find my way to this list to talk
> with other knowledgeable people about the project and
> client.  I mean, it took me 60 seconds to download and
> start the client, but 3 weeks to find the conversation
> list!
> Then, when I first downloaded the client and started
> running, I wondered what the heck OGR-P2 was.  And why
> since we were going after the RC5 crack, what was I
> wasting time on OGR.
> Then several of my computers only have sporadic
> Internet access to transfer files.  And I didn't want
> them to run out of work.  It would be nice to have a
> help file that explains to people what would be
> optimized for their system.  If you are running a
> 500MHz P3, 24 work units is a days supply, but if you
> have the faster PC's, that would take more than 5+
> connections per day to transfer files.
> Jim, I am not just a complainer :-)  I would love to
> learn more and to help other Distributed.net people
> maximize their efforts.  Anything that I can do to
> help, I will be more than willing to do.
> Does the client configuration have a help file that
> really details out every aspect of configuration?
> My last thoughts, where have all the people gone? 
> Were a lot of people that participated in RC5-64 put
> off because of the size and time duration required for
> 72?
> Have a lot of people went to other distributive
> computing projects?
> How can we attract and maintain more of the people who
> come to Distributed.net?  There have been over 65,000
> people who have submitted work, but only @ 15% are
> active on a daily basis.
> Again I wasn't around for the 64 crack so this may be
> a completely normal performance %.  But as a new
> member I wish it were more.
> Thanks for listening and let me know if there is more
> that I can do to help.
> Astin.
> On Mon, Aug 01, 2005 at 05:09:47PM -0700, Astin Ra'k
> wrote:
> > My one question is, why isn't there more content on
> > the website that describes how to configure and
> > optimize the settings for your particular
> preference?
> Partly because no one's ever raised it as an issue and
> partly because 
> no
> one's volunteered to write it. What specific issues
> are you having? The
> client is intended to be as ready-to-go out of the box
> as possible.
> > Also, how do the people that submit 20,000+ blocks
> per
> > day do that?  Do these people have access to an
> > incredibly fast multiple processor machine or are
> they
> > networks of systems?
> Most likely a network.
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Jim C. Nasby, Database Consultant           decibel at distributed.net
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