Weekly Folding update

— 11:04 AM on March 8, 2005

Welcome back to the Folding update. Not a whole lot new this week, so we'll be short. A special thumbs up to spworley for his assistance with writing this week's update.

And now, the weekly stats and links.

In honor of our new Folding tutorial, this week's update is aimed mostly at you. Yes you, the guy or gal who isn't Folding. What is your CPU doing right now? Go ahead and look. If you're in Windows, right click on the Windows Taskbar and pick "Task Manager." Under "Processes" you can see everything your CPU is working on. You may just notice that almost all of your CPU's time is going to "System Idle Process," which means your CPU has nothing to do.

You can use that wasted CPU power. You can easily contribute it to disease research. Your computer can help us understand what causes cancer and how to cure it. Your computer may help give us answers about BSE, the "mad cow disease." Your computer may provide clues about how Alzheimer's disease progresses. And you may say to me, "idchafee, what's the catch? I mean, a deal this good has to have a catch doesn't it?"

Well, Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Non-Folding Person, I'm glad you asked. The answer is no, no catch. The Folding@home project uses only the wasted idle cycles of your CPU. It won't slow your computer down, since it's only using the wasted cycles. Here, look for yourself. As soon as those cycles are needed somewhere else, F@H releases them. All you need to do is spend three minutes to install the Folding software. And our Folding tutorial will walk you through those three minutes step by step.

So give it a shot. We're about to pass those pesky Ragers again, and we'd love to have you along for the ride.

Tip: You can use the A/Z keys to walk threads.
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