You'll get your Mac news here from now on...

Help TMO Grow

Subscriber Login

Advertising Info


The Mac Observer Express Daily Newsletter


More Info

Site Navigation

Home
News
Tips
Columns & Editorials
Reviews
Reports
Archives
Search
Forums
Links
Mac Links
Software
Reports
Contact

March 3rd, 2000

[6:00 AM] SETI@home Client Updated With Must Have Update
by Staff

The SETI@home team has released an update to the SETI@home 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 SETI@home client running on a variety of machines, we are including the changes for all platforms.

Changes in version 2.0x of SETI@home (since version 1.0x)

All platforms

  • Increased security: SETI@home 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 SETI@home 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. SETI@home 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.

Graphical versions

  • The old Peak Power and Best Gaussian values on the display have been replaced by a graph showing how well the power-over-time data fits the shape of a Gaussian curve.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 SETI@home 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

Windows

  • More reliable display of icon in System Tray.

Macintosh

  • 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.
  • Version 2.0 runs under Mac OS 9 (see SETI@home Readme for details).
  • In application mode, SETI@home runs faster if its window is collapsed, using the Windowshade feature under OS 8.0 and later.
  • Improved responsiveness to Hot Key.
  • More accurate CPU time calculation
  • Better compatibility with older PPC Macs.
  • Increased timeouts for network input/output.
  • Resolve alias if preference file is aliased.

UNIX and other text-only versions

  • Most platforms include a graphical front end (xsetiathome). This is a separate program; to use it, the client must be run with the -graphics option.
  • New options:
    • -verbose: enable printfs.
    • -nolock: skip multiple-instance checking
    • -graphics: generate data for xseti
  • Better support for directory locking in UNIX version

The update is free, as is all of the SETI@home software. You can find more information at the SETI@home web site.

[Editor's Note: We will have a long awaited update on the status of Team Mac Observer, our own SETI@home club team, later today.]

The Mac Observer Spin: We ask all Team members to download the latest update.

SETI@home



Today's Mac Headlines

[Podcast]Podcast - Apple Weekly Report #135: Apple Lawsuits, Banned iPhone Ad, Green MacBook Ad

We also offer Today's News On One Page!

Yesterday's News

 

[Podcast]Podcast - Mac Geek Gab #178: Batch Permission Changes, Encrypting Follow-up, Re-Enabling AirPort, and GigE speeds

We also offer Yesterday's News On One Page!

Mac Products Guide
New Arrivals
New and updated products added to the Guide.

Hot Deals
Great prices on hot selling Mac products from your favorite Macintosh resellers.

Special Offers
Promotions and offers direct from Macintosh developers and magazines.

Software
Browse the software section for over 17,000 Macintosh applications and software titles.

Hardware
Over 4,000 peripherals and accessories such as cameras, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice and more.

© All information presented on this site is copyrighted by The Mac Observer except where otherwise noted. No portion of this site may be copied without express written consent. Other sites are invited to link to any aspect of this site provided that all content is presented in its original form and is not placed within another .