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Message 99 - Posted: 17 Sep 2005, 17:16:54 UTC

I know this is a secondary consideration at best, but it would be nice to have something restful to switch on and look at for a few minutes every 30-50 hours or so. Also as more and more BOINC projects come on line it would make Rosetta more competitive.

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Message 100 - Posted: 17 Sep 2005, 17:21:04 UTC

We will look into it for the future. This requires a bit of development time and resources that we just don't have right now but hopefully will. We are thinking of ways to provide users feedback to keep interest strong, and this is definitely one of them.
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Message 292 - Posted: 21 Sep 2005, 21:13:24 UTC

It wouldn't need to be a sophisticated graphics just a plain cmd line that would say what it's doing. You would have my vote for this.
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Message 298 - Posted: 21 Sep 2005, 22:58:22 UTC

There is a default BOINC screensaver which just reports the project and the percentage with the BOINC logo
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Message 376 - Posted: 23 Sep 2005, 15:36:26 UTC

When we began this project our largest initial client was to be Housing and Food Services on campus and they requested that the app not use graphics so as to avoid confusing the staff. They felt that having something pop up would result in a rush of support calls asking about possible cracks....

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Message 379 - Posted: 23 Sep 2005, 16:05:10 UTC - in response to Message 376.  
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When we began this project our largest initial client was to be Housing and Food Services on campus and they requested that the app not use graphics so as to avoid confusing the staff. They felt that having something pop up would result in a rush of support calls asking about possible cracks....


Surely all they need to do is set their screensaver to something else???
The graphics don't show up unless you hit the Show Graphics button in BOINC anyway.
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Message 380 - Posted: 23 Sep 2005, 16:21:25 UTC

We are working on a screensaver.
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Message 392 - Posted: 23 Sep 2005, 21:18:46 UTC - in response to Message 380.  

We are working on a screensaver.

The heck with a screen saver, tell me that you and Predictor@Home are cooking up a connection ... :)
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Message 394 - Posted: 23 Sep 2005, 21:40:22 UTC - in response to Message 392.  

We are working on a screensaver.

The heck with a screen saver,


I never saw the usefulness of a screensaver myself. They slow the crunching down and cause more headaches for many of the projects than they are worth in trying to get them working on everyone's completely different system.


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Message 397 - Posted: 23 Sep 2005, 23:22:53 UTC

hmmmm a rosettarena screensaver.....little proteins doing the maccarenna
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Message 400 - Posted: 24 Sep 2005, 0:16:23 UTC - in response to Message 394.  

We are working on a screensaver.

The heck with a screen saver,


I never saw the usefulness of a screensaver myself. They slow the crunching down and cause more headaches for many of the projects than they are worth in trying to get them working on everyone's completely different system.

Yes, they slow down the crunching but since you have the choice to run it...
And OpenGl (not bound to a specific architecture - cpu or Os) is more universal than D3D.







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Message 403 - Posted: 24 Sep 2005, 5:28:03 UTC - in response to Message 379.  
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When we began this project our largest initial client was to be Housing and Food Services on campus and they requested that the app not use graphics so as to avoid confusing the staff. They felt that having something pop up would result in a rush of support calls asking about possible cracks....


Surely all they need to do is set their screensaver to something else???
The graphics don't show up unless you hit the Show Graphics button in BOINC anyway.


{You clearly give the typical 'user' of the UW Housing and Food Services computers more credit than their support staff.} In my exprience with non-technical staff, any variation in the day to day operation of their computer results in confusion. While there are likely many users who would be able to adapt to a such a change in their routine, these are not the folks that take the majority of the support staff's time....as I'm sure you can imagine.

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Message 414 - Posted: 24 Sep 2005, 13:25:23 UTC

To David Kim --

As nice as a screensaver is, I have to register my support on the side of the project rather than the "fluff". Obviously, the final decision lies with those who direct and control the project, but this is how I feel about it ...
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Message 420 - Posted: 24 Sep 2005, 19:27:14 UTC

First get the science code right. That way you will be ready for the users. Then work on the screensaver. Screensavers in the correct location can be a useful advertisement for the projects and possibly generate more crunchers.


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Message 426 - Posted: 24 Sep 2005, 22:21:14 UTC - in response to Message 420.  

First get the science code right. That way you will be ready for the users. Then work on the screensaver. Screensavers in the correct location can be a useful advertisement for the projects and possibly generate more crunchers.


I agree. In my personal opinion, the usual push by some to get graphics and screensavers for new projects I beleive is putting their personal wants and desires ahead of the science of the project. Screensavers and graphics should be the last thing done. The science application needs to be fully tested, working properly and proven to be stable before worrying about graphics and screensavers.

I still won't use it so no matter to me how long it takes but as was stated, it can be a useful advertisement to get additional crunchers down the line.
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