You know, in a lot of ways, GuruZim and I don't play well together on this board, but he has just passed an accomplishment I didn't want to let slip by. He just submitted his 1000th Work Unit (Ok, he's up to 1002 already) at our Folding at Home team.
Why is this important? There's a tremendous amount of medical research to be done if diseases are to be conquered and I am in favor of that research being done as soon as possible. The Folding at Home process allows those of us with spare seconds on our PCs to download work and run it when our PCs aren't doing anything else, then feed it back to the researchers.
Guru's done more than 1000 of those projects. I mean, my God, maybe he's helped to alleviate Alzheimer's or something? It's an incredible contribution.
You can help too. Look at the top of the page. Find the F@H link, click it, and download the client (I suggest the no nonsense client) and get started.
(edited by AWArulz on 30.10.06 0731) We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
Thanks AWA. I try not to get into it with you in the politics and current events folder any longer, if that means anything
I hadn't noticed the milestone, but that's pretty cool. Overall, this is my 2240th wu - I had a pretty good run over on the arstechnica team. Prior to leaving there I was in the top 100 contributors, and with my combined stats I would be #64 on the #9 team overall.
Still, I'm more proud of what we've done as a small team. I didn't think anyone would run this at all originally, so I'm glad to see so many of you have stuck with it. I don't say thanks often enough, but thanks for running this. I have no idea if this project will be useful overall, but the idea of community involvement in science really appeals to me, so hopefully this idea can gain traction and spread.
I have an old Gateway that came with 64 mb of RAM. I added and added and it now has about 320 mb. I also re-installed the OS before giving it to my kids and it seems as fast as my new Dell (although I know it isn't).