Chewing the fat, Sunday morning style

I am having some issues with the PS3 folding@home client; when I check for completion of my work units, I always end up with “ERROR: No Network Connection” after the work unit completes. After digging around a little, I found a thread that hints to a PS3 bug, but to be honest, I am not that interested in reading 5 pages of posts to figure out what is wrong.

Using the PS3 for folding@home sounds like a great idea, but I am not really keen to keep my PS3 on 24/7; I do not do that with my other electronics, with the exception of my computers, which are designed to run 24/7 and have a proven track record. Besides, why would I want to take a chance on compromising the longevity of my $600 wonder box?

It is hard for me to tell what the PS3 is actually doing with my work. To date, I have completed 2-3 work units, but my team and user do not have a score. The score is not that important, but I assume I can use that to tell if the PS3 is actually uploading completed work units.

It has been a while since I posted a “now drinking” entry, so I owe the world at large an update. Chris should be pleased that nothing of the cheap variety is included. While I finished off the SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale yesterday, the fridge is stocked well with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. All three of these beers are truly wonderful, and worthy of your attention.

In truly classic console war fashion, there is a ton of fodder being aimed squarely at the PS3 by the 360 camp. I stumbled across an article (via that indicates PS3 versions of NCAA Football 2008 and Madden 2008 will run at 30 FPS, while the 360 versions will run at 60 FPS. To be honest, I would not know 30 FPS from 60 FPS. I can see frame rate issues, but I have no idea how to count them, and it is my understanding that most video games, TV broadcasts, and movies run at 30 FPS, so I am not sure why this is a big deal. I can tell 1080p from 480i, so as long as the PS3 games show up in full HD, I am not sure why this is such a big deal.

At this point I have not preordered NCAA Football 2008 or Madden 2008. I will probably wait a while longer; maybe until I see a full PS3 feature list. For the same reasons I said I was holding off on purchasing NASCAR 08 (use the search function to find the post), I may wait another year on the football games. I doubt I can show that much restraint, but $120 for two football games blows.

The Braves have managed to pull off five games in a row, but they almost blew the game last night. I wish the Braves were not so damn dependant on 3-run homeruns, but at least the back of the rotation seems to be picking up the slack.

I hate that FOX is going to have the French GP on tape delay. I could not wait until 1PM, so I already looked at the results. I think we have one more FOX broadcast to go before we are back to live racing.

All for now. Happy Sunday!


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