Friday, November 24, 2006

Sometime in the next few days the movers are coming to pick-up my stuff, I fly out on Thursday to Florida.

So from the time that the movers arrive until my stuff is dropped of I'll be notebook bound.

I'm hoping things go smoothly.

----- Rom

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

What about PNG alpha channel on skin elements? For example, transparent elements on the "workunit background" should let the main GUI background seen through.

We need to investigate what is going on their. I'll let you all know as soon as we find something out.

I would like to modify an existing manager skin like the wcg. I would only like to change some of the background graphics to brand for my BOINC team "Team ACC - Arthur C Clarke" I don't want to change any of the buttons, tabs, etc.
How can I get a complete skin including the graphic files? With that I could replace only the couple of pieces I need.

This actually turns out to be easier than it sounds.

First off the skin manager attempts to load whatever was defined in the skin.xml file, if it can't find the file it defaults to the BOINC default image for whatever it was looking for. So that means for your skin.xml file all you would need to define is the background image tag like so:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
        <!-- Background Image for the Simple GUI-->
        <!-- 410x540 -->

So you could have a directory layout that looked like this:

+----+ Skins
     +----+ Team ACC
          + skin.xml
          + graphic
          +---- simplegui_bg.png


World Community Grid's skin files can be found here:

BOINC's default skin template files can be found here:


I hope this helps.


----- Rom

Monday, November 13, 2006

Akismet announced they fixed the issue my blog was having with their service.

So, thank you Akismet for fixing the issue. :-)


----- Rom

Well I installed a newer version of dasBlog which has better error handling when using the Akismet spam blocking service.

As of right now things seem to be working with them again, I sent them a network sniff of a failure last night.

I still haven't been able to reproduce or fix the Firefox 2.x problem. For now the solution seems to be use a different browser, I don't like the solution but it is the only one I have at present.


----- Rom

Thursday, November 9, 2006

JM7 posted a nugget of information I missed about how DCF is used in this S@H post.

Actually, ROM missed a little. A score less than 1 means that your computer finishes work faster than expected for its benchmarks. A score that is higher indicates that it finishes slower than expected for its benchmarks. It is calculated as a safety for the CPU scheduler (finish on time) and work fetch (not too much), therefore under estimates are corrected very quickly (single step) and over estimates are corrected much more cautiously.

Thanks John.

----- Rom

I've had several people tell me comments were not working the last couple of days.

It turns out two problems were happening at the same time.

My ISP's DNS servers are freaking out about something and not fulfilling requests, and my blog could not successfully find Akismet to verify comments with.

OzzFan originally reported the problem but I had forgotten I was already logged into my blogging software and so it doesn't run my comments through the spam filter.

I have switched my machines over to using OpenDNS DNS Servers, Akismet is still giving me a problem though so I have it disabled for right now.

Sorry about the problems everybody, I wasn't intentionally blocking anybody from posting anything good or bad about me or BOINC.

----- Rom

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Undoubtedly there will be changes and these are still very rough drafts but here they are:


I'll take whatever feedback I can get.

----- Rom

Monday, November 6, 2006

In preparation for my move I've had to make a bunch of changes.

The only effect the outside world should notice is all my certificates have changed, long story short is I made my domain controller and certificate server have been converted to a virtual machine. My goal is to be able to take my whole network infrastructure with me on the plane. I should just be able to plug it in when I arrive and go.

It turned out to be a lot more work than I had anticipated. For some reason dcpromo croaked when I attempted to demote my original domain controller.

Apparently something was messed up and I had to use ntdsutil to forcibly remove the old domain controller and promote the new DC. What I didn't know about was the notion of a root domain controller, apparently their are a few settings that point directly to the root domain controller and are not exposed via and of the active directory management tools.


----- Rom

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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Hurray, the BOINC Simple GUI was released for Beta testing today.

I'll update the BOINC site tomorrow describing how to create a skin for those who want to play around with them.

----- Rom