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No Mac OS X Optimized Enhanced Client Anymore? 998 Views / 1 Replies  
So, since they've updated the most recent version of Seti @ Home they claim the app is somewhat optimized but my RAC has dropped from a really respectable number to one well below 2000 RAC.

Any...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Oct 23, 2013 at 06:59 PM, in Team MacNN
I just actually researched this issue and it... 904 Views / 3 Replies  
I just actually researched this issue and it turns out they are doing some work towards an OpenCL cruncher for astropulse on the Mac side since it works on the PC side handily.

I understand...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Sep 12, 2012 at 06:51 AM, in Team MacNN
Recommending Mplayer OS X extended. It has... 5,134 Views / 34 Replies  
Recommending Mplayer OS X extended. It has multicore support for decoding playback whereas VLC does not.

Make sure you use the "Official Mplayer SVN with FFMPEG-MT" decoder which is the...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM, in Mac Desktops
I was pointed at this thread but haven't been... 2,022 Views / 21 Replies  
I was pointed at this thread but haven't been here lately - the real card to get for a G5 is a flashed Nvidia 7800GS. I have to admit that card really made my G5 2.5 zing. One of my friends is...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 12, 2011 at 03:12 PM, in Mac Desktops
The Apple stores here in town have them and so... 3,085 Views / 70 Replies  
The Apple stores here in town have them and so does the local Microcenter and First Tech, both apple dealers.
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jan 31, 2011 at 08:24 PM, in Mac Desktops
Fyi 1,212 Views / 10 Replies  
I've been running the Xeon client on my Corei7 iMac in the faux 8-core mode for months now
and went from an average of about 1100 on my old G5 to almost 10,000 RAC.

"Your mileage may vary"...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jan 31, 2011 at 08:11 PM, in Team MacNN
Garageband: hyperthreadable after all 394 Views / 1 Replies  
Guess what:

Entering this string into terminal:

defaults write com.apple.garageband MD_AllowVirtualCores -bool yes

Makes Garageband hyperthreadable since it was built on logic.

The...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Oct 16, 2010 at 10:28 AM, in Applications
Can't try it any longer folks. My G5 died last... 19,751 Views / 149 Replies  
Can't try it any longer folks. My G5 died last week. I've transplanted my dual 1.5 TB drives into a FW800 case and is attached to my iMac Corei7.

Bums me out a little, that computer only lasted...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Sep 22, 2010 at 07:16 PM, in Mac Desktops
Back to the original question: NO, I could not... 7,579 Views / 198 Replies  
Back to the original question: NO, I could not afford a 12-core Mac Pro. The $2500 or so I spent five years ago for the G5 ended up giving me a fast computer that ultimately was unstable in terms...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:23 AM, in Mac Desktops
Sigh 7,579 Views / 198 Replies  
It's not just the SOUND of the amplifier but the playing feel. A cranked tube amp either on the guitar side or bass side has an interactive touch sensitivity component involved that is extremely...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:17 AM, in Mac Desktops
I thought of a weird solution that I'm actually... 105,319 Views / 107 Replies  
I thought of a weird solution that I'm actually using now:

I have two 1.5 TB drives in my G5 .2.5 dual. It's connected to my backbone by both gigabit ethernet and to my new iMac via Firewire800....
Posted by Todd Madson, on Aug 5, 2010 at 12:21 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Yeah, I love it. 28 days after I buy my new... 702 Views / 14 Replies  
Yeah, I love it. 28 days after I buy my new machine I get the opportunity to see a even newer machine that can have an extra eSata port.

Grumble. My timing sucks for all of this. Or rather if...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Aug 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM, in Mac Desktops
I looked around a bit and did some testing while... 702 Views / 14 Replies  
I looked around a bit and did some testing while I was looking around.

I found that transferring data from my G5 over Firewire 800 to my iMac was slower than gigabit by a good measure....
Posted by Todd Madson, on Aug 5, 2010 at 11:12 AM, in Mac Desktops
Shrug. I don't feel like I missed out buying a... 4,162 Views / 106 Replies  
Shrug. I don't feel like I missed out buying a corei7 imac last month. It geekbenches about what a low end Mac Pro does presently.
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 28, 2010 at 05:09 PM, in Mac Desktops
Thinking... 702 Views / 14 Replies  
Trying to find a good box that will hold multiple SATA drives and is firewire 800 compatible.

(Anyone got some good sources? Newegg?).
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 16, 2010 at 05:37 PM, in Mac Desktops
iMac to G5 interfacing ideas? 702 Views / 14 Replies  
All:

Well, due to the generosity of my wife I ended up with a surprise birthday gift of a Corei7 iMac recently and my previous machine is a G5 2.5 ghz machine with 8 gigs of ram.

I've got two...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM, in Mac Desktops
HOLY MOLY! That's more than all of my other... 1,347 Views / 8 Replies  
HOLY MOLY! That's more than all of my other machines put together!

Here was the graphic I was trying to post earlier:

http://pod.ath.cx/setitest.jpg
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:22 AM, in Team MacNN
What kind of RAC are you achieving Bill? ... 1,347 Views / 8 Replies  
What kind of RAC are you achieving Bill?

Just curious to know what I can expect. And yes, all eight "cores" are chugging away.

Lots faster than my G5 2.5 (anywhere between 1-5 hours per work...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 6, 2010 at 07:55 PM, in Team MacNN
One other thing I'd add months later that isn't... 8,823 Views / 30 Replies  
One other thing I'd add months later that isn't immediately obvious: the 27" iMac's 27" display can be used as a DISPLAY for other computers when it becomes obsolete. I understand that this is the...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 5, 2010 at 10:22 PM, in Mac Desktops
I took a little risk and tried the Xeon as the... 1,347 Views / 8 Replies  
I took a little risk and tried the Xeon as the Corei7 860 has SSE/SSE2/SSE3/Supplemental SSE3, 4.1 and 4.2.

So far: It seems to be working. Watching the temperatures carefully and I'll keep an...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 5, 2010 at 08:03 PM, in Team MacNN
So I have a new Corei7 iMac. What optimized enhanced client do I use? 1,347 Views / 8 Replies  
I'm curious regarding whether I should be using the OSX_V8_AP5_XEON cruncher as used by the Mac Pros or if I should be using the Core2duo cruncher.

The Corei7 isn't a Xeon but it's a something way...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jul 5, 2010 at 06:54 PM, in Team MacNN
-I just read a thread over at macrumors.com's... 13,392 Views / 159 Replies  
-I just read a thread over at macrumors.com's forum regarding people who were installing SSD drives inside the Corei7
iMac 27" model.

The lack of eSata is a problem IMO but I'm using FW800 to my...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 29, 2010 at 07:26 PM, in Mac Desktops
You seriously think the corei7 iMac is a "lame... 1,532 Views / 18 Replies  
You seriously think the corei7 iMac is a "lame duck" machine? Really?
Some are finding these bench faster than the low end Mac Pro.

Maybe compared to a 8-core Mac Pro but it's pretty...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 27, 2010 at 12:26 AM, in Mac Desktops
Yep... 1,209 Views / 11 Replies  
Yep. PPC970FX v3.0 have 512 kilobyte caches. I think if this machine had larger caches (ala 2 MB or so)
it still would be a monster even today but that would be impossible to add on so......
...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 24, 2010 at 05:52 PM, in Mac Desktops
Yes, it's really done well for me. I've... 1,209 Views / 11 Replies  
Yes, it's really done well for me. I've recording several dozen full length CD projects with it, at least one full length concert DVD and dozens of little youtube clips.

it's my main "surf the...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 24, 2010 at 05:49 PM, in Mac Desktops
Guys: I figured it out. I have money to upgrade... 13,392 Views / 159 Replies  
Guys: I figured it out. I have money to upgrade so an upgrade doesn't come out. If the money gets spent on bills or something else equally responsible the updates will be available and I won't be...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 24, 2010 at 05:46 PM, in Mac Desktops
Serious unhappiness in this household. My iPhone... 4,695 Views / 155 Replies  
Serious unhappiness in this household. My iPhone 3g updated to 4.x just fine.
My wife's iPod Touch 3g is bricked nicely. Stupid updates. !#$*@&#$*(&@#
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 21, 2010 at 10:33 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Ah it was aimed at anyone still having problems. ... 19,751 Views / 149 Replies  
Ah it was aimed at anyone still having problems. This thread just seemed to be G5 owners watching HD video from streaming flash
video services, youtube in particular.
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 21, 2010 at 06:06 PM, in Mac Desktops
http://pod.ath.cx/g5.jpg Believe me having... 1,209 Views / 11 Replies  
http://pod.ath.cx/g5.jpg

Believe me having the full 8 is a nice thing but I'm starting to see limitations with certain audio software where the G5 2.5's will actually
hit the wall. Caches just...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 21, 2010 at 05:56 PM, in Mac Desktops
See what I mean? Very expensive. $852.40 (tax... 1,626 Views / 14 Replies  
See what I mean? Very expensive. $852.40 (tax not included) for 8 chips so 2 x 8 = 16 gigs.

Kinda spendy for all that old tech but cool just the same. I bet maxing a iMac Corei7 to 16 gigs...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 21, 2010 at 05:41 PM, in Mac Desktops
Right. People walk into our office and they... 13,392 Views / 159 Replies  
Right.

People walk into our office and they look at my computer and my wife's iMac and they think my G5 2.5 is more impressive since it's
that solid chunk of billet aluminum. It just looks like...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 21, 2010 at 05:34 PM, in Mac Desktops
Well that was strange - optimized/enhanced vanished off of my machine! 721 Views / 0 Replies  
I had been looking at my G5 2.5 dual as potentially retiring it from seti use as the RAC I was getting was dropping and dropping and dropping and I just presumed it was too old to make any meaningful...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM, in Team MacNN
Try to get a job as an IT Tech. Problem solved. 1,322 Views / 7 Replies  
Try to get a job as an IT Tech. Problem solved.
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 12, 2010 at 11:29 AM, in Team MacNN
Update 19,751 Views / 149 Replies  
I got an e-mail from Adobe today confirming that PPC 1080P playback thru youtube (and presumably other
flash sites like Vimeo etc) have problems with frames dropping etc.

They filed this as bug...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 11, 2010 at 03:16 PM, in Mac Desktops
They released 10.1 of Flash yesterday, very... 19,751 Views / 149 Replies  
They released 10.1 of Flash yesterday, very likely in response to the security loophole that malware writers on the windows platform are exploiting to great effect.

OK - a final test that will get...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 11, 2010 at 08:45 AM, in Mac Desktops
Ah! 19,751 Views / 149 Replies  
That asteroid one is only 720p on the top end from what I can see.

This is the video that I've been playing as a testing platform and I also have the native .MP4 file:

YouTube - Nvidia...
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 11, 2010 at 08:17 AM, in Mac Desktops
Latest 19,751 Views / 149 Replies  
RC7 is out as of today at labs.adobe.com. Try it!
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 3, 2010 at 11:09 PM, in Mac Desktops
Update: I reported several bugs with this and... 19,751 Views / 149 Replies  
Update: I reported several bugs with this and Adobe confirmed three of them. More as I get it!
Posted by Todd Madson, on Jun 2, 2010 at 07:03 PM, in Mac Desktops
Mac Write: thanks for the tip! I'll look into... 1,184 Views / 9 Replies  
Mac Write: thanks for the tip! I'll look into it. I know some of the houses near mine had small fires as a result. We didn't have fires but some appliances may have experienced serious amounts of...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 28, 2010 at 01:31 PM, in Mac Desktops
Another thing to do with a G5 is install CHUD... 875 Views / 7 Replies  
Another thing to do with a G5 is install CHUD tools and shut nap mode off for best processing "oomph".

Also consider setting the energy saver processor panel, options tab, then set processor...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 28, 2010 at 01:10 PM, in Mac Desktops
Update: Last night I began to think that... 1,184 Views / 9 Replies  
Update:

Last night I began to think that some of these issues were caused by some external issue as at times the thing was working great, and at other times it wasn't.

As I've posted before I...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 27, 2010 at 03:27 PM, in Mac Desktops
Astute assessment. I just need this to hang on... 1,184 Views / 9 Replies  
Astute assessment. I just need this to hang on for a few more months. If the G5 fails I've got a PC I can use in the meantime...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 25, 2010 at 08:10 PM, in Mac Desktops
Update: The machine seemed to stabilize... 1,184 Views / 9 Replies  
Update:

The machine seemed to stabilize after 3-4 days of inconsistent behavior but I suspect I now know what has happened: there is some hardware damage after all.

The machine "mostly works"...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 25, 2010 at 02:43 PM, in Mac Desktops
Heh! 13,392 Views / 159 Replies  
You can never tell with that Doctor Who character, he's always up to something!
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 25, 2010 at 02:35 PM, in Mac Desktops
Speed bump late last week but not a architecture... 13,392 Views / 159 Replies  
Speed bump late last week but not a architecture change. Incremental. Someday.
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 24, 2010 at 11:51 AM, in Mac Desktops
Got it running on my 2.5 dual G5. Seems to be... 875 Views / 7 Replies  
Got it running on my 2.5 dual G5. Seems to be very solid and smooth - I like it a lot. I had some initial problems with
.13 launching properly so downloaded .12, then updated to .13 - launched and...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 22, 2010 at 01:09 AM, in Mac Desktops
Update - now we're up to the "10.1 Release... 19,751 Views / 149 Replies  
Update - now we're up to the "10.1 Release Candidate 5" status. I'm afraid things haven't gotten THAT much better.

In order to test this I:
shut off my webserver
shut off seti at home (boinc)...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 21, 2010 at 11:31 PM, in Mac Desktops
Multithreaded video decode? Where is this? I... 875 Views / 7 Replies  
Multithreaded video decode? Where is this? I was totally unaware... that's an option I can't seem to find either in "Basic" or "All" mode.
I don't see it in MPEG OS X Extended either.

Laieboy:...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 21, 2010 at 11:03 PM, in Mac Desktops
If my G5 hadn't recently sustained a power... 13,392 Views / 159 Replies  
If my G5 hadn't recently sustained a power transformer in the neighborhood exploding incident I might not be wanting to upgrade so soon.

The wife suggested I upgrade in the fall before all that...
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM, in Mac Desktops
We wait. I'm nursing my dying G5 along a little... 13,392 Views / 159 Replies  
We wait. I'm nursing my dying G5 along a little more.

I'm hoping for a Pro but if I have to get a Corei7 iMac I will. The price of the Mac Pros is unreal for what you get.
Posted by Todd Madson, on May 10, 2010 at 12:03 AM, in Mac Desktops
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