New Uncertainty . . .

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that some of the primary apps I’ve been running on my computer had stopped working. One in particular was BOINC – the Berkley Online Integrated Networked Computing app that allows people like me to donate computing time to scientific research by making the computing power of my computer available to the research. I’ve been doing this for over 10 years, which also means that I haven’t deliberately turned my home PC off for over 10 years.

When I tried to update the apps that had stopped working, I ran into a problem. In retrospect, it was inevitable, but I’d always hoped that I wouldn’t have to deal with it.

The problem is, I’m running Windows 7 Pro 64bit on my home computer. Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7. So, I need to find an upgrade that will work on my computer and is compatible with most of the apps that I want to use. I’ve been searching vendors (part time) for the last 3 days, and I’m having trouble matching the parameters of my computer to the PC Operating Systems that are currently available.

So, the upshot is – I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to add new content to my blog. Not only has BOINC stopped working, but Skype, GOG Galaxy, Adobe Acrobat, and a few others. If you suddenly stop hearing from me for over a month, it’s probably because I can’t access my account here any longer. Never fear – I’m going to continue to look for a new OS to upgrade my computer and return to my former status quo.

S.E.T.I. work continues . . .

IMHO – it does not matter whether you believe in the possibility of intelligent life on another planet or not.  The SEARCH for that life is an important part of our development as a species.  Looking for something out there that might possibly be our peer, or even our superior, guides (or causes) many advances in the sciences, mathematics, and even manufacturing.  It should not be written off as something only pursued by crackpots – and it isn’t, except by crackpots.  Anyway, I wanted to share the text of a recent newsletter with you:

setiI won’t suggest donating money – I know times are tough for many people.  But anyone who has a PC at home and a broadband internet connection has the means to assist with the data processing.  All you need is the B.O.I.N.C. client, which can be downloaded for free here:

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/