SETI@Home User Interface


Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
Wed, 23 Jun 1999 14:29:01 -0400


>X-MSMail-Priority: Normal >X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.00.2314.1300 >X-Mimeole: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V5.00.2314.1300 >Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 06:03:02 CST6CDT,4,1,0,7200,10,-1,0,10800,3600 >X-OldDate: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 07:01:25 -0400 >Sender: carlsagan-owner <carlsagan-owner@craigerware.avalon.net> >Reply-To: "Carl Sagan List" <carlsagan@craigerware.avalon.net> >From: "Chris Hoffman" <chryseh@earthlink.net> >To: "Carl Sagan Mailing List" <carlsagan@craigerware.avalon.net> >Subject: Sagan: >Subject: Sagan: SETI@Home User Interface > >----- Original Message ----- >From: David Patterson <davidp@dma-design.com> >To: <setiathome@klx.com> >Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 1999 4:25 AM >Subject: RE: open-sourcing the software > >> When the >> When the S@H project was first announced, many moons ago, the team >> said they planned a number of different screen saver displays, including >the >> star map, and a world map showing the rate of processing in different >> countries. >> >> Probably just getting the project off the ground has taken a lot more >effort >> than they originally thought, so these extras haven't (yet) appeared. >> >> I suspect that a fairly large percentage of >> I suspect that a fairly large percentage of S@H users are programmers, so >> I'm sure the skill and knowledge to do these, and lots more besides, is >readily >> available. Quite how the work could be distributed and coordinated I'm >not >> sure, but if the interface between the display subsystem and the rest of >the >> client software could be isolated and properly defined in a future release >it >> might be possible for anyone to add their own bells and whistles. >> >> David P. >> >> -----Original Message----- >> From: Thomas McCullock [SMTP:thomasmc@thomasmc.com] >> Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 1999 2:37 AM >> To: setiathome@klx.com >> Subject: Re: open-sourcing the software >> >> >> User Interfaces >> >> On the point of user interfaces, I sent a message to the seti staff a >month or >> so ago with several ideas: >> >> 1. give users a deep-sky visual (and perhaps radio or other) image of the >area >> they are scanning, such as can be obtained >> from http://skyview.gsfc.nasa.gov/ . There are lots around. This would >be >> intensely interesting when a deep space object or >> a close-by star is in the field. >> >> As the scan progresses, paint vertical lines across it (since the data is >a pan) >> in colors showing spikes, and the rise and fall >> of gaussians (perhaps change the background color from black to another >which is >> still dark enough for the white images to >> be seen in the strip. Perhaps also have a star field chart on a slightly >larger >> scale, eg 5 degrees, with the scan area pointed >> out on it. If there are any easily identifiable stars/objects in the scan >area, >> list them or even label them on either the large or >> small-field image, with links to astro dbs. In particular point out stars >which >> are closeby. >> >> 2. have in the >> 2. have in the S@H program a RA/Dec starchart (or offer a java download >from >> the site) upon which the scanned areas the >> users computers have done are marked in (to which I would now add, if >DeepSky or >> other astro programs permit custom user >> objects with nonzero area, then create an uploadable file for them to map >the >> regions into these programs). Take the >> abovementioned image graphic and import it if the program permits, as an >image >> background to the sky area in the program. >> >> 3. to support (2), have something in the client software to record a >table of >> the work done on each user's computer. >> Personally I am cobbling together some scripting with Automate (because it >is an >> easy way to work with windows events and >> roll in a bit of vba) which captures the results and outfile files when >>S@H asks >> to connect, and captures the header of the >> data file when it is received, to a log directory with distinct sequence >numbers >> on the files, for my future perusal in ways >> such as the above. >> >> 4. I also suggested having a thin screen-edge dockable toolbar-style >display >> showing the meters, numbers, and just the latest >> scan line as it runs, so I can do other things and still enjoy seeing the >> processing. Perhaps have the scan area (maybe 2/3 of >> the toolbar) register some marks on its upper and lower borders when >spikes and >> gaussians are found, so I can look up from >> time to time and see that things have been found in the current set. One >could >> even put sound effects on it. There should be a >> few buttons for maximizing, quitting, and going to immediate screensaver >mode. >> >> >> All of these ideas are strictly to entertain the users so that their >interest >> remains strong, thereby gaining more support for the >> project. >> >> Perhaps these things have come up before in some other discussion forum. >But if >> anyone cares to proceed with them it is fine >> with me. I may have some simple thing running after a time, but it won't >be for >> distribution. If ideas are tossed around in the >> forum I'll be glad to comment. >> >> Best, >> >> --------------------------- >> Someone has already written a java applet to give a skymap >> showing where the top gaussians were found. Unfortunately the >> Berkeley team has refused to post the RA/DEC info on that page >> so the program can actually work :( > > > >-=============================================================- >-= Send all help/info requests to: =- >-= carlsagan-owner@craigerware.avalon.net =- >-=-----------------------------------------------------------=- >-= TO UNSUBSCRIBE: =- >-= Message To: carlsagan-request@craigerware.avalon.net =- >-= Subject: <blank> =- >-=Message Body: unsubscribe =- >-=-----------------------------------------------------------=- >-= Carl Sagan Mailing List Home Page =- >-= http://frontpage.lightspeed.net/rcbloom =- >-=-----------------------------------------------------------=- >-= This list provided courtesy of CraigerWare Enterprises =- >-= http://www.craigerware.avalon.net/ =- >-= Custom software, internet hosting, and the kitchen sink! =- >-=============================================================- > > >



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