More Early Rainwaters

I’ve just finished updating my Evidence for Early Rainwaters page on The list is now fully linked to my references. When I get more time I will start adding images and transcriptions of the reference material and, hopefully, more entries. But, right now, Susan and I have to go catch the latest episode of Earth: Final Conflict


Slashdot mentioned the SETI@home project today and it made me wonder why I haven’t been putting some of my idle processor cycles to work for a good cause. I visited the SETI@home site, downloaded the Linux and Solaris versions of their client programs and now have a PII450/Linux and Ultra10/Solaris box busy processing radio telescope data in their spare time. It seems to take about 60 seconds of file transfer time to keep a machine busy for 5 or 6 hours. I added the SETI@home logo at the bottom of my home page. So if you’re interested in helping out, click it and download a client for your machine. It’s easy to set up and even works on old, clucky platforms like Windows and MacOS.

RH6 Initial Impressions

Linux RH6 update: I’ve installed it on a P133 at home and it appears to be working fine. The version of Gnome supplied with RH6 is a huge improvement over the 1.0 version (thought not without assorted minor bugs). The major screw-up Red Hat made was shipping a broken version of Pump that prevents DHCP from working. As installed RH6 was unable to successfully get an IP from our Netgear router and start networking. After I did this manually, things were fine. And Red Hat does have a fix out on their errata page already. Other than that, I haven’t found anything to complain about.