October 12th, 2003

Dark Tower

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My home computer's C: Drive filled up yesterday, so I rolled up the sleeves and cleaned it up, managed to get back a gig of space or so. That should hopefully last a while. The whole drive is probably a bit small (3 gig), since the computer has a virtual D: drive being shared on our mini-network (and may in fact be a touch too big).

I also have virtual drives with linux loaded on them, which I gave a go before deciding it really wasn't much good for what I use a computer for (and StarOffice was annoying me).

Worse thing about the disk filling up (at least, so far), was that it reset my Climate Prediction experiment. That's like
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My home computer's C: Drive filled up yesterday, so I rolled up the sleeves and cleaned it up, managed to get back a gig of space or so. That should hopefully last a while. The whole drive is probably a bit small (3 gig), since the computer has a virtual D: drive being shared on our mini-network (and may in fact be a touch too big).

I also have virtual drives with linux loaded on them, which I gave a go before deciding it really wasn't much good for what I use a computer for (and StarOffice was annoying me).

Worse thing about the disk filling up (at least, so far), was that it reset my <a href="http://www.climateprediction.net/index.php">Climate Prediction</a> experiment. That's like <a href=""http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/">Seti@home</a>, but everyone is calculating global warming effects instead -- a more laudable goal right at the moment. So I switched over a month ago, and the new program seems a tad flaky. It continuously crashed my Windows XP box at work, so was removed quickly, but seems to have been running alright on my Windows NT box, and here on my 98 box (I have another machine at work, but that's an old SGI which is quite happy collecting my email and looking for aliens).

The trouble is that instead of 10 - 24 hours per calculation, like seti@home, climateprediction takes 2 - 5 <i>months</i>. Thus it doesn't have quite the same psychological benefit of stacking up the <a href="http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/fcgi-bin/fcgi?email=davidc@tabula-rasa.info&cmd=user_stats_new">results</a>, and means that anything that goes wrong can destroy a lot of work. Oh well, in another month or two I hope to have a least one result returned...

It's non-stop excitement here, as you can tell.