June 23, 2005 Pirates@Home shuts down tomorrow The Pirates@Home project and web site will shut down sometime in the
late morning (EST) on Friday, June 24th, 2005.
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June 22, 2005 Database corruption (again) repaired The project database became corrupted again
last night when a disk partition filled up. It was repaired in place this morning.
June 20, 2005 Database corruption repaired The project database apparantly became corrupted sometime on Sunday. It was repaired in place on Monday morning.
June 16, 2005 Treachary amongst us? Has a way been found to trick BOINC into giving out more credit, or does the Cap'n just run a loose ship?
Find out here: Click here for more
June 14, 2005 Pirates@Home hacked! The Pirates@Home server was hacked on Sunday
morning, June 12th. The intrusion was detected quickly and the
machine was blocked from the network.
Getting back up required a full system inspection and re-install, and
we used the opportunity to perform an already planned system
upgrade. Details will be posted to the forums when the database
server is back on-line. Click here for more
May 25, 2005 Testing latest BOINC build software We are releasing new versions of the Pirates applications to test the latest version of the BOINC software.
May 21, 2005 Server problems Friday night Our server developed problems on Friday night, May 20th. Service was restored about 24 hrs later.
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6 April 2005 Profile picture upload is working
The past problems with uploading a picture for your profile
have been solved (a while ago now). You should be able to
upload a profile picture or avatar for the forums with no
31 March 2005 Testing, testing...
We are testing some news management software...
24 March 2005 Power Failure
The Pirates@Home server went down around 2:00AM EST this morning due
to a loss of power on the Vassar campus caused by bad weather.
The server should be restored by this evening.
28 February 2005 Pirates@Home upgraded to BOINC 4.66 The Pirates@Home web site has been upgraded to BOINC version 4.66. Some problems have already been found, but reports are welcomed. Click here for more
17 January 2005 Test MacOS X installer A prototype of an installation script for MacOS X is now
available from the 'Download BOINC core client' page, and feedback
and suggestions are welcomed. Click here for more
31 December 2004 Upgraded to BOINC 4.57
The Pirates@Home web site has been upgraded to BOINC version
4.57, and work is being given out for scroll 4.60 compiled with
Happy New Year to all BOINC users.
21 November 2004
Some work is being let out, just to test screensaver improvements.
10 November 2004 Image upload now working
Image upload is now working for profiles and forum avatars.
9 November 2004 Forums fixed
The problem with the forums has been found and fixed.
7 November 2004
After the upgrade posting to the forums seems to be broken.
We're looking into the problem...
6 November 2004
The project web site has been upgraded to BOINC version 4.54.
Let us know (via the forums) if you see anything wrong.
We 'found our keys', and now the scheduler is up and unrestricted.
We are letting out some very small test workunits, but only a few
at a time to see how they do. BOINC version 4 is now the
9 September 2004
The download problem has been fixed. It was just a missing
directory, not a problem with signatures. We are continuing to
'tweak' and try out the whole cycle of work creation and
validation with BOINC 4.
8 September 2004
New account creation has been enabled. We are mostly converted
over to BOINC 4 but there are still a few problems. In particular
downloading of executables (BOINC itself or applications) is
not working correctly, probably due to bad file signatures.
We will post a note when it's fixed.
7 September 2004 Discussion Forums The discussion forums are now working, both the
Helpdesk (Questions and Problems) and the Message Boards. Click here for more
2 September 2004
New account creation is disabled while we work on converting
over from BOINC version 3 to version 4.
If you want to join the project please come back later.
29 August 2004
We will be updating to BOINC version 4
sometime in the next week or two, after we see that SETI@Home and
Predictor@Home have succeeded in doing so.
ClimatePrediction.net has just started using BOINC and they are
already using version 4.
You should therefore consider upgrading your version of BOINC
over the next few weeks, but you should also consult
the web sites for the other projects in which you participate
for better news about their plans.
(You have to upgrade the core client manually, it is not done
We will continue to give out work mainly to just a few selected
sites as we test our code, but we will occasionally give out
work for everybody in the project when that aids our testing.
Thank you, as always, for letting us use your computers.
5 August 2004
Work is only being given out to
selected sites as we test our code with our
collaborators. Please feel free to look around and attach to
the project, but please don't expect work for a while as we
go through internal testing.
29 July 2004
We now have a working screensaver
that does some simple graphics, to show that we think we know
what we are doing. :-)
21 July 2004
Our small test server has been overloaded by all the new users, so we
are throttling back on work.
We really were not ready for users, we are just testing our project
We hope you'll come back later when we are ready for you.
20 July 2004
Welcome to all our recent new users. We don't have much work for
you yet. We are trying to get graphics to appear in the screen
saver, not just the 'Show Graphics' pulldown, but it's not
happening yet. Also, credit may or may not be given, so please
don't worry about that yet. But we do appreciate you joining the
project. Please stay tuned...
9 July 2004
We now have apps for Windows with simple screensaver graphics.
Don't be surprised if your screen turns yellow for a bit.
5 July 2004
Credit is now being given for some simple jobs. Please keep
in mind that since this is a test project not all jobs will be given
credit, and credit might be reset from time to time.
2 July 2004
We now have apps to run for Windows, but there are no graphics
24 June 2004
Hello again, now we can do file input as well as output.
16 June 2004
Hello World! Today we had our first successful app run on another
10 June 2004
Pirates@Home has moved to http://pirates.spy-hill.net
9 June 2004
We have succeeded in creating a single work unit. Wow.
8 June 2004
Account login/logout on the web site now working.
7 June 2004
Primitive news system working (as you can see).
6 June 2004
Accounts can now be created. Please read the
Rules and Policies page first.