The email below was sent to all members of TPR on September 7th 2005.
Dear Team Phoenix Rising member,
It does not seem all that long ago that TPR was born, but November this year marks our fifth birthday. Many predicted that the team would not last. We have proved them wrong in typical TPR style.
As some of our members are no longer as active on the forums we thought that we would take this opportunity to bring you up to date with the current status of the team.
The team has seen many changes over the five years. We are still at the same URL (http://forums.teamphoenixrising.net), but have changed web host. Although the founder Admins have, due to changes in personal circumstances, chosen to take more of a back seat role both are still loyal members of TPR. We are fortunate to have gained ‘new blood’ over the years and have still managed to be as crazy as ever.
There have been many changes in technology and in Distributed Computing over recent years. It is now far easier to overclock modern hardware but we still have access to a wealth of technical knowledge within the team and TPR members are still sharing their expertise with anyone who asks. The traditional SETI project has been superceded by BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) and many TPR members now support this project, others have changed priority to some of the other Biological and/or Physical science projects. We are still fiercely competitive and still try and give of our best to the projects we support.
One of the ‘missing ingredients’ of late has been the lack of comprehensive statistics we used to get from Milhouse’s stat-o-matic. With the changeover to BOINC this no longer functioned and fell into disuse. Fortunately, recent developments have remedied some of this and we are once again able to provide comprehensive stats for BOINC.
One of the founder members, Mojo, now owns his own pub in rural Shropshire, England. TPR members have been gathering there several times a year now and this has proven to be a great success. It has also allowed those who attend to meet and get to know fellow TPR members, enjoy pub food that would put most restaurants to shame and a wide selection of fine ales. Many also bring their computers to enjoy a wide variety of PC games on our Gigabit network or just to show off their modding skills. The next meet is scheduled for 24th September with the final meet this year scheduled for 26th November. You are cordially invited to attend either (or both) events.
We hope you appreciate this update. With any luck it will rekindle fond memories of TPR and friendships made with other TPR members. If it has, please drop by the forums and say hello – we would love to hear from you.
TPR Admin and Moderator Team.