The [email protected] team has released an update to the [email protected] client for all platforms to version 2.02. The new version includes a host of new features, bug fixes, and performance increases. Since many Team Mac Observer members and other Mac users have the [email protected] client running on a variety of machines, we are including the changes for all platforms.
Increased security: [email protected] now checks for unauthorized modifications to data and program files. If it detects tampering, it will delete files and start over. It is still possible to move [email protected] data files between computers; see below for more information.
Support for SOCKS proxies. The hostname, port, user name, and password for SOCKS proxies can be entered in the Proxy Server dialog (Win/Mac) or through command-line options or environment variables (text-only versions).
Improved support for HTTP proxies. [email protected] now conforms to the HTTP 1.0 protocol.
Better network protocol for updating user statistics after returning results: one message to server instead of two.
Client returns power array summary for Gaussians
The server can have the client display an arbitrary message, and/or quit.
The old Peak Power and Best Gaussian values on the display have been replaced by a graph showing how well the power-over-time data fits the shape of a Gaussian curve. While performing calculations other than curve fitting, the display shows the best Gaussian fit so far.
When getting new work unit, clear display of strongest Gaussian.
Windows and Macintosh
Improved network connection retries: if [email protected] fails to connect to the server, it will retry twice at 45-second intervals, then wait 15 or 60 minutes and repeat this sequence. This accommodates users whose dialup sequence is longer than a minute or so. Also, connection errors are reported more accurately.
Retry file opens, to coexist with Sherlock, FastFind etc. This may also give sleeping hard drives time to spin up.
More accurate CPU time calculation
More reliable display of icon in System Tray.
Password locking. There is now a "Require Password" checkbox in the Preferences dialog. If you check it, the screensaver will require a password to wake up.