[email protected] Moves to BOINC Client — If you’re anything like me, you don’t pay much, if any, attention to [email protected] clients you may have running on machines with CPU cycles to donate to the search for extraterrestrial life. But Jim Carr, one of the top members of the TidBITS SETI team, alerted me recently that the classic [email protected] client is being turned off as of 15-Dec-05, and everyone who wants to continue donating spare CPU cycles must move to the new BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) client that supports not just [email protected], but a variety of other distributed computing projects. The [email protected] page has the necessary instructions for downloading the latest BOINC client and requesting your account information. Unfortunately, it’s a slightly obtuse process, and I wasn’t able to convince BOINC to attach to the [email protected] project, but the error message implied temporary server problems (which the [email protected] folks have mentioned on their news page). I recommend waiting a bit before converting; either check the [email protected] site every so often to see if they’ve resolved their technical difficulties or look for another note in TidBITS. If you’re new to the [email protected] project and want to join the TidBITS team, follow the third link below and click Join once there. [ACE]
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