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Published on December 19, 2004 By GreenReaper In Personal Computing
Does your computer sit there doing nothing most of the time? Worried that using a $1000 computer just for web-browsing is a bit wasteful? Are you thinking that SETI@Home or distributed.net may be fruitless endeavours? Well, you just might be interested in Folding@Home! Have your computer spend its time doing some useful calculations for medical research (see the FAQ) rather than letting those cycles go to waste, and download a client now!

I've made a Stardock/WinCustomize.com team - all you have to do is enter team ID number 41029 when asked by the Folding@Home client. And that's it! It will automatically get new blocks of work from the internet every so often and send results back, but you shouldn't have to touch it unless you want to. I chose to have it installed as a service, and the only way I know it's running is that CPU is at 100% or thereabouts all the time. It's all idle use, so it's not stealing the cycles from anything I want to run, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that my computer is working on something useful . . . even when I'm asleep. Give it a go!

Comments (Page 1)
on Dec 19, 2004
I knew they had this for the Mac, did not realize they had it for windows.  Thanks.  Just downloaded and I will join 41029
on Dec 19, 2004
Joined as well... (How do you go about getting your name listed as a team member on the stats page ?).

on Dec 19, 2004
Once your computer submits a work unit and it updates the stats page, it will show you. This may take some time (a block gets done in about a day here).
on Dec 19, 2004
I'll be folding!
on Dec 19, 2004
They have it for everything! (almost )
on Dec 19, 2004
Folding away here too
on Dec 19, 2004
Joined
on Dec 19, 2004
Great . . . all we need is everyone who visits WC to sign up and we can almost have real-time folding!
on Dec 19, 2004
Sorry, my cpu is busy processing 2390 snowflakes

ok, ok, I'll cut back to 250 flakes
on Dec 20, 2004
In theory the flakes should come first . . . it is Christmas, after all!
on Dec 20, 2004
I was doing Seti@home before I discovered my Athlon 64 comes with a Cool'n'quiet thing and before it was sitting there for a week without doing a thing because Seti ran out or units to compute.

With this little program here:
Link
You can help saving Amozon forest... a bit... or conserve the world oil supplies... a bit...

unfortunately it will not work well with SETI@home since it will drop the power consumption only when the CPU usage is low and Seti@home makes it... well... not low.
on Dec 20, 2004
But with Folding@Home you can help the process of genetically engineering new forests!
on Dec 20, 2004
ONe caveat tho.  We lost our broadband last night, and the screen saver does not cut on for some reason.  Cable says we should have it back some time today tho.
on Dec 20, 2004
I like how when you go to the team page they put a new little folding factoid in each day
on Dec 20, 2004
Joined also.
Seems a lot of people joined but still only you GreenReaper in the team roster.
I think we first have to upload a result to be effectively in the team.
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