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Monday, September 27, 2010


Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

What is the capacity of your personal computer(s)?

Do you realize that your personal computer(s) can probably be used to participate in scientific research programs, without interfering with any of your regular functions?

I ought to know.

I'm using a Toshiba Satellite notebook with less than a hundred gigabytes of memory.

Yet, I'm able to volunteer my computer in support of several critical scientific research projects being conducted globally by numerous universities.

These projects cause no interference with anything else I do on my computer, or on the Internet, and I do a LOT!!!

For instance, I invite you to watch my numerous original videos I've created and posted on my channel at the YOU TUBE web site.

Also, I constantly use the Internet for puzzles, referencing, discussions, listening to radio broadcasts, watching television and/or movies, and even to help guard the Mexican Border from criminal invasion.

It's quite possible that your computer(s) is/are a whole lot bigger, faster, and more powerful than what I use.

So, I'm certain you have the capability.

Anyway, what I'm referring to is Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (i.e., BOINC), which coordinates individuals who volunteer their personal computers to help with research projects.

The specific science projects I currently participate in are the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (i.e., SETI), the Einstein Project (pulsar search), Climate Prediction, the Large Hadron Collider (particle accelerator), the Rosetta Project (protein research for combatting disease), Spinhenge (nano-magnetic molecular research), Computing for Clean Water, Help Conquer Cancer, Discovering Dengue Drugs, and Influenza Antiviral Drug Research.

Another project that I participated in, Nutricious Rice for the World, has already been successfully completed and terminated.

When participating in multiple projects, a project management program is recommended, and I use Grid Republic to manage my projects.

As stated previously, my computer has less than a hundred gigabytes of memory, yet I have no difficulty running all of these projects in the background, as I continue to perform all of my other normal operations, both on and off the Internet.

Because of these projects, I leave my computer turned on twenty-four hours a day, and it causes no problems, not even with overheating, since I use a cooling pad.

A fringe benefit is the interesting screensaver graphics which accompany these various research projects.

Please read the article, EIGHT COOL SCIENCE PROJECTS THAT CAN RUN RIGHT ON YOUR HOME COMPUTER, by Adam Hadhazy, at the TECH NEWS DAILY web site.  

So, please consider joining with me in helping with some of these research projects.

Your computer might be the one to find a cure for cancer, or stop a pandemic from occurring, or your computer might be the one to detect intelligent life from another planet.

And, yes, if that happens, you WILL be given the credit, and it will be published!

Thank you.
Offical Bard of Clan Henderson
Washington, D.C.  20011-8400

NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions do not represent my Scottish clan."

1 comment:

John Robert Mallernee said...

There have been numerous complaints about Version 2.15 of Rosetta causing memory problems on the personal computers of volunteers, or about instructions not being clear enough for ordinary users not profficient in high technology.

So, I've detached my computer from the Rosetta project.

I also detached my computer from the Climate Prediction project, merely because I'm becoming slightly suspicious of the amount of memory it requires.

I detached my computer from the Large Hadron Collider project because I never got any work from them.

I continue to run the SETI, Curing Cancer, Clean Water, Spinhenge, and Einstein projects.