Re: will people drop out?

Dakidd (dakidd@mindspring.com)
Sun, 15 Jun 1997 13:37:13 -0400


>Hundreds of the smallest processors could be removed from the statistics
>with no noticeable effect.

In essence, that's already being done by virtue of the fact that the 68K
Mac client STILL can't communicate with the server after a loss and
re-establishment of a dial-up PPP connection. I'd be letting all three of
my machines run it 24/7 if it weren't for that fact. As it is, I don't even
bother anymore. Why? Because my ISP's timeout is pretty much guaranteed to
kill even my first block of results unless I violate my TOS/AUP by
ping-flooding at www.microsoft.com (as has been suggested several times on
the list) or use other TOS/AUP-prohibited "keep-the-connection-alive"
methods.

I'm sure I'm not the only one with this complaint, but it appears that I'm
the most vocal about it. I'm also sure I'll get tagged as a whiner again.
So be it.

Oh well. At one point, I was under the impression that this project wasn't
about how much "big iron" could be thrown at the problem, but instead was
meant as a demonstration that EVERYBODY could make a meaningful
contribution to the project, regardless of how much or how little money
they had available.

In the past couple weeks, it seems to me that it has become less of a
"let's do it to show that it can be done" and more of a "Hey! Look how many
keys a second my MeGa-MuMbO-jUmBo-TrOn Mark XXVII can crank out with its
new specially optimized client program! C how Kewl I R!?!" concept.

Hell, I've offered (twice) to do the work needed to fix it, and been turned
down. I've put my money where my mouth is by building the stubs that Andrew
said would be needed to port the MP code down to 68K. But still nada is
forthcoming.

Clearly, somebody thinks that the contributions from my (and whomever
else's) 68K-based Macs aren't worth the effort to get the client done
right. In fact, I seem to recall having been told EXACTLY that a few weeks
ago. That being the case, I'm left with only one thing to say:

Best of luck to you and all the other folks involved. I haven't fired up
the client up in almost a week now because of the problems with it. Before
that, I think I got one, maybe two, blocks of results back to the server
over the course of a week. So as of today, I'm officially giving up on it
until I hear about a new client for the 68K Mac that WORKS.

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