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November 24, 2005

The @Home Revolution

It seems that almost everybody has some sort of spare computing cycles program available today. They range from finding aliens [berkeley.edu] to finding a cure for AIDS [scripps.edu] with everything in between. I've done the SETI@Home thing since college using their "classic" client, but recently they've decided they're going to go with the BOINC [berkeley.edu] architecture, which I guess is better, but when I made the switch I think I lost all my stats. It's not like I'm doing it for stats, but it still sucks. I felt like I made some sort of difference when I saw all the computing time I donated, but now I'm back at 0. I guess shit happens.

I think that these programs are so useful I don't know why everyone doesn't do it. Seriously, our computers just sit idle for so much time that these programs can benefit from so much. I think most people just don't realize how often their computers sit idle when they could be doing things, great things.

Posted by Guy at November 24, 2005 11:14 AM