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Project Information Project % Complete Major Supported Platforms
DALiWorld logo DALiWorld (DALi stands for Distributed Artificial Life) isn't technically a distributed computing project since it isn't solving a problem. It is just a fun toy: a distributed virtual aquarium. Written in Java by DALi, Inc., it creates a virtual saltwater aquarium in a desktop window or in your screensaver and populates it with fish (which currently don't do much more than swim around). When you are connected to the Internet, some of your fish will occasionally migrate to other users' aquariums and some of their fish will migrate to yours (you can turn this feature off if you want to). You can click your right mouse button on each fish to see its passport, which shows who created it and where it has been.

This project is still in development and requires you to install Java and Java3D libraries. The Windows software downloads everything you need, but for the Linux and Solaris users I recommend this project only for users experienced in downloading and installing Java packages. Version 0.5 is available as a July 30, 2001.

Note: the project appears to be abandoned. The website has not been updated in a long time. The client still works, though. Participate at your own risk.

ongoing Windows 32
Monkey Shakespeare logo Help test the monkey Shakespeare theory with The Monkey Shakespeare Simulator. The theory states: "If you have enough monkeys banging randomly on typewriters, they will eventually type the works of William Shakespeare." This project is just for fun.

To participate in the project, display the project web page in your web browser. A Java applet runs in the web page while the page is displayed. The applet generates random pages of text and compares them to all of Shakespeare's plays, and displays any matches between the first X characters of a random page and a Shakespeare play. The web page displays the current record match: if you beat that record, you can press the Submit Record button in the applet to submit your new record, or you can follow instructions on the page to submit your new record manually. Note that the applet does not seem to be CPU-intensive, so you can run it at the same time as a CPU-intensive distributed application.

current record:
the first 11 letters from "Antony and Cleopatra,"
November 20, 2003
any web browser which runs Java applets

The following icons may appear in the Supported Platforms section of the table:
dialup-friendlythis project is good for users with dialup Internet access
paid projectthis is a for-pay project
Windows 32this project runs on the Windows 32-bit platform
Linuxthis project runs on the Linux platform
MacOSthis project runs on the Mac OS platform
Solaristhis project runs on the Solaris platform