Ever since Sony released its 1.60 firmware update for the PlayStation 3 that included a [email protected] client, the machine has simply dominated the charts in the distributed computing community. Our own Jon Stokes explained why, and now Sony has released a number of nice updates to their client.
First, for those of us who want tohelp the effortbut don't like the idea of leavingmachines on all night, there is now a timer that allows you to tell the PlayStation 3 to run for a set amount of time and then shut down. The instructions are simple.
Go to Settings menu, select Automatic Shutdown and then After Current. You will see a little clock appearing on the top right hand corner of the screen. When this clock reaches zero, the machine will power off completely so you can sleep quietly through the night. In this option the machine will power off after sending the data back to Stanford University so your contribution to the project is maximized.You may also choose to shut down after a limited period of time (for example, 3 or 4 hours). To do that choose the Automatic Shutdown option and click on the “In 01h:00m” timer. You will now be able to change the timer settings. After rotating the timer to a new time, you should now see your selected timer appear at the top right corner of the screen. This timer will count all the way down to 0 and then power off the system. To disable active timer at any time, go to Settings, choose Automatic Shutdown and then Disable.
You can also now set up some background music to play as you gleefully fold your proteins. Equally easy.
To activate the music player select Music and then a channel. The channels are automatically populated with songs you have stored on your Hard Disk Drive! For holiday music I prefer to choose Dramatic (yeah!) and voila – music is playing.If you wish to skip to another track, just use a combination of X + left or right arrow. You can also change the channel by choosing X + up or down arrow. Happy listening!To stop music from playing, select Music again from the main menu and choose “disable.”Your music playback selection will be saved between consecutive runs of [email protected]
These new updates are great, and they make the PS3 [email protected] Client even easier to use. These efforts help scientists find ways to helpthosewithserious diseases including Parkinsons, Alzheimers, and some cancers. It's great that Sony is making it so easy to help out.
Also be sure, after getting the update, to contribute your cycles to Ars Technica's own Team EggRoll.