The intention was to switch all of my computers off from the end of March until the end of October (all but the one I actually use), and stop participating in SETI@home in order to save electricity since my home didn’t need the heating they provide. However, I found myself switching them back on prematurely to take part in the yearly SETI WOW event that takes place during the last two weeks of August.
Two weeks of crunching to honour the discovery of the Wow! Signal on August 15th, 1977, which was received from the direction of constellation Sagittarius.
From then I got hooked on what progress I was making and what others around me were doing, whether they were gaining on me, and putting me at risk of losing a place in the UK standings or if I might, with a little more effort hold on to or win back a place etc etc. It’s all rather silly, especially since my home didn’t need heating at that time.
During this period I swapped some parts around and installed replacement graphics cards; I’ve enjoyed getting things in order and have been installing Ubuntu 18 on all; although I have some AMD CPU-based machines that aren’t running as well as their Intel counterparts.
In all, it was a fun couple of weeks during the event but the weather got warm again and I had to switch some things off (this is why I leave things off until the winter months). I’ve continued to iron things out since then and still have some computers waiting in the wings for when the weather turns cooler; it was down to 11’c in my bedroom this week, so a computer in there during the day would be welcome.
By way as an update to my progress, I did make it into 9th place for a short while but I’m now back to holding on to 10th place, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to hold onto this until March or beyond without throwing more money at the electricity company. Part of me wants to switch everything off and go huddle by the fire with cat and book.