|Your personal background.|
|Working at the JCI Marine Controls site in Denmark, i do embedded software development on process control gear. When i\'m not at work, i like to listen to music, read litterature and tinker with \'systems\' - may that be cars, computers or other nontrivial devices. I like the process of discovery; how does it work? This has led me to Linux - the operating system originally made by Linus Torvalds, modeled after UNIX. Linux in itself is a world of discovery, and on top of this it can be put to real use.|
So, i tinker. If i screw it up, i fix it - or remove it. If i manage to make whatever i\'m working with actually do what it\'s supposed to do, i use it.
E.g. getting hold of a tv-tuner card and creating a mediacenter using MythTV. Or figuring out how to load my favourite linux distribution Debian onto a Linksys NSLU2; a household-matchbox-sized network storage device.
As opposed to microsoft Windows, which only runs on Intel(TM)-architecture, Linux boldly goes where no distro has been before. Actually, the only computing device i own that does NOT run Debian linux is - my cellphone.
Don\'t get me wrong: I also own a Windows Vista Home Premium, but find it to be inferior, compared to my Debian desktop install. But gaming is still a Windows-only-area, so i\'ve been forced to buy a microsoft OS product. I\'d much rather buy another game! Recently i\'ve acquired games like CounterStrike Source, IL2-Sturmovik 1946, GT Legends and Call of Duty 4. CSS because of its gameplay, CoD4 because of its absolutely stunning graphics and sound and the simulators because i\'m a bit of a gasoline junkie. Or augmented-power-junkie :) Being in control of such a mechanical powerhouse is a great thrill. I\'m not particularly impressed by neither modern-day fly-by-wire planes nor similar hi-tech racing cars. I can\'t understand them - relate to how they work.
But i can relate to \'regular cars\'. Mastering a 1967 Grand Prix vehicle is like trying to use the full potential of a Nissan Micra equipped with a 500 bhp racing-engine on standard tyres - in downtown traffic!
Difficult at best...
Wanna try? Go read about \"Grand Prix Legends\" here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_Legends then get hold of the free demo and try for yourself. Absolutely awesome! Yeah, the graphics are lousy, but you can do four-wheel-drifting :)
On the subject of flight-simulators, IL2 is my favourite among recent offerings. But it doesn\'t hold a candle to \"Flight Unlimited 1\"! That one you can read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_Unlimited if you like. FU1 is like GPL in the air. There\'s you, a gasoline-powered flying machine and an open sky - and your job is to do hammerheads, snaprolls and stuff - without hitting the ground. Exploring the forces of nature, pushing the envelope! But you can\'t get FU1 anymore, so i must make do with IL2 :(
Oh well. Enough said for now
|Your opinions about Rosetta@home|
|I run Rosetta for several reasons. At first i simply wanted to try doing grid computing. Then i got kind of interested in the performance issue - figuring out how many WU\'s i could crunch, throwing an increasing number of cpus at the project as time went by. At that point i discovered \'Optimized Seti-apps\', enabling me to shift into high gear WU-wise. Unfortunately optimized apps are a Seti-only-thing. But seen from a real-use-viewpoint my heart lies with Rosetta. Thus, since optimized Seti-apps are not available for sub-P4\'s, my P3 runs Rosetta.|
Would i then suggest optimized Rosetta-apps? No, not really. Seti can readily be optimized because of the rather static nature of its task; scanning the sky on all frequencies for alien bleeps. Rosetta is said to be of a more dynamic nature, and thus optimization is less useful. That\'s all right by me. Only, the nice people@Rosetta must realize that the public computing resource they\'re tapping into via BOINC, holds quite a percentage of speed-junkies. Just look at what\'s being written in the BOINCstats shoutbox. It\'s all about Credits and RAC... So, to attract those people the Rosetta-project would benefit from doing optimized apps.
To quote Homer Simpson: \"If something\'s hard to do, it\'s not worth doing!\"
Figuring out a better way to devise the \'right\' protein structures appears to be easier than honing brute-force-skills. I can relate to that.
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