Step Towards Bug Life Chronicles

A then-local author, Phillip C. Jennings, published a story collection called The Bug Life Chronicles in 1988. One of the details that struck me was the idea of uploading minds to very light solar-powered chips, which would then drift around the system on the solar winds.

The current space shuttle mission (STS-134) is carrying an experiment, the Sprite project, that at least expresses interest in the idea of chips blowing around the system on the solar wind.

I first saw mention of this in the LA Times.

Five Nines

Something you won’t meet in real life.  At least, you won’t meet it except by pure luck in affordable web hosting.

Just in case you’ve never run the numbers…

Year Minutes
1 525,600
.1 52,560
.01 5,256
.001 525.6
.0001 52.56
.00001 5.256

So there you have it. Being up .99999 of the time (over a year) means you can have just over 5 minutes of downtime. Total. The whole year. (This being a 365 day calendar year, not an astronomical year.)

Seti@Home

I seem to have come up as the “user of the day” at Seti@Home.

Which I guess means this is a good time to point out to people that the load on Team Minn-StF is being carried by very few people, the majority of whom have never lived in Minneapolis.  I’m sure some more of you could manage to run BOINC and the Seti@Home client!

ETA: Screenshot, for people viewing this some other day.