I swear it’s been more than roughly 1 month since I did the last one. Obviously I’m wrong, AdmiringWorm’s post went out on the 15th, it’s probably because of the madness that we had at the beginning of the month when we finally found out we’d got our millionth point in a single month.
Meh… this month we have the Man that is ShovellyJoe, but as you’ll see a bit later, things are not how they seem…
Folding Q & A
There are several different reasons why people run [email protected], be it experience with one of the diseases folding aims to cure, just helping out, or just for community status. But what got you into folding and for TheSixthAxis’ Team?
I used to fold back when Life With PlayStation was called simply [email protected], but after a while I just got out of the habit of doing the odd work unit every now and again. Then when TSA started the Folding team I joined up and decided that my love of competition meant that I couldn’t resist trying to fold so much as to get into the leaderboards.
There are several different platforms that [email protected] can be run on (PS3, PC, MAC), what platforms do you use to fold?
I have my 80GB PS3 which I run a few times a week to complete a work unit, usually when I get home from Sixth Form till the work unit finishes, then I have my Mac desktop computer which I run every day.
Some people get worried about using the PS3 to fold because they’re worried about their PS3 dying on them. As a guide, how long do you fold on your PS3 for, and in which mode?
I run my PS3 a few times a week, usually weekdays meaning I tend to get about 3 work units a week from it. I fold in Advanced simply because I think it sounds cooler and it’s probably better, and I just turn my telly off and let my PS3 fold away!
The [email protected] software on the PS3 has evolved over the past few years, brining in Music playback and most prominently Life with PlayStation.
Is there anything that could be added to improve the experience?
Or is there something that you would like to be removed from Life with PlayStation?
For me, I wouldn’t really be that bothered if they removed all the extra fluff and just had the basic Folding software, I never use any of the extra features and I never watch the little molecules on my screen. If the PS3 could somehow fold in the background while I’m on the XMB that would be great. And the option to do work units offline and store them to be uploaded later would be cool as my router is currently broken and I feel like I’m letting the folding team down, I don’t know if it already does this. Otherwise I’m happy with it as it is!
There may be some people who might think that their hardware isn’t powerful enough for whichever reason. What Specification are you running [email protected] on?
I run [email protected] on my Mac, using Mac OS X 10.5.8 on Leopard, and according to my ‘About This Mac’ menu I have a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3 memory, whatever that means!
There will be people from the TSA community that will read this who don’t currently fold, is there anything you’d like to say to those members?
You should definitely get into it, if you’re scared about your PS3 dying then just run Folding for around 3 hours a day using the auto-shutdown option, it takes 6 hours to do a work unit and even doing just one helps contribute to the team and hopefully help Stanford cure some diseases!
So there you go, ShovellyAlex’s folding habits, now on to his stats, because no folding post is complete without them.
|Team Rank||Project Rank||Weekly Points||Total Points||Work Units||Next Overtake|
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We’d like to thank Alex for his time in answering our questions.