2 Minor BOINC Manager Suggestions

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Message 81284 - Posted: 15 Sep 2017, 14:53:14 UTC
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I'm not a power user, just a long time BOINC user (actually SETI@HOME pre-BOINC). There are a couple of things I'd like to see. If there's already a way to do either then I just haven't found them.

1. I recently installed BOINC on my Android phone. There's one option there I'd love to see on my Windows tablet. On the Android BOINC will suspend even when plugged into the wall outlet if the battery is not at least 90%. Great option.

2. This is a very minor tweak and maybe I'm the only one who'd advocate for it. I occasionally like to bring up the BOINC Manager just to see what it's working on. I'll go into the Activity tab and click the "always' options for everything. The problem is that I will get interrupted or otherwise forget and leave it that way. I only discover it when my machine (this being several machines over the years most with pretty good power) starts getting slow. On rare occasions it becomes totally unresponsive and I've had to boot and then quickly start the BOINC Manager and change it back to the "preferences" options. (There have been, over the years, 2 or 3 projects that acted that way no matter what your settings are. I'm not talking about the misbehaving apps.)

What I'd like to see is either a timer I could set for it to change back or, maybe better & easier, an option to have it go back to preferences when I close the Manager.

- Dick Duggan
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Message 81298 - Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 3:35:49 UTC - in response to Message 81284.  

1. I recently installed BOINC on my Android phone. There's one option there I'd love to see on my Windows tablet. On the Android BOINC will suspend even when plugged into the wall outlet if the battery is not at least 90%. Great option.


Before I got my Surface Pro 3, I had an Atom-based Asus tablet that used USB for charging. This was a huge problem with BOINC, because even the factory-provided charger could not make positive progress charging the battery while computing; inevitably, I would have to pause BOINC in order to use the tablet while charging or else I would drain the battery. I'm pretty sure I brought it up a few years ago, and there seemed to be some difficulties in getting charge-state information from Windows. Not sure if any of that has changed, but I am definitely a +1 for this feature even though it's not as much an issue for me anymore.

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Message 81595 - Posted: 26 Sep 2017, 22:28:43 UTC - in response to Message 81298.  

Thanks, noderaser. My tablet is an ASUS and that is exactly my problem. It's not all the time, but enough that I really can't run BOINC when I'm not sitting with the tablet. In that case though I'm probably using it, so the amount of time BOINC can run is minimal.

- Dick
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