Weekly folding update

Welcome back to the Folding update! This week, we're going to look at some of the places on the web where you can check your stats. But first, the weekly stats and links. Go ahead and take a look; you know you want to.

Folding is primarily a scientific research project. However, it is also a good, clean, geeky competition. So what are our options for keeping up with the competition? How do I know where I am in the standings and where I am headed? To inform and enlighten us in this area, there are several top-notch stats sites out there.

The first site that you can go look at is of course the main site, Stanford University's folding stats. This site is, of course, the stats site that all the others are based on. After all, they're Stanford's servers. And while the data on Stanford's site is updated constantly, there isn't much else in the way of "bells and whistles." It gives you the team standings, individual standings within each team, total WU and total points. That's about it. Its a good site to check when you want to see where you are at this minute, and its always good to get the info straight from the horse's mouth, but its all meat and potatoes and no dessert. I don't know about you, but I'm a big fan of dessert.

Another cool stats site is Statsman's Distributed Computing Stats. This site has a lot more to offer in the way of extras than Stanford's, and you have the choice of HTML or Java versions. Statsman offers sortable stats and comparison graphs that Stanford doesn't. It updates every 5 or 6 hours.

iamnotageek.com is a more recent entry into the stats site game, their site is almost entirely text based. No fancy-schmancy graphs or charts here! On the other hand, it has a very easy-to-read layout, and it has most of the same information of the other sites. In a move that neither Stanford nor Statsman has made, iamnotageek introduces color-coding of usernames based on production. Maroon is 5000+ per day, blue is 2500+, orange 1000+, black is 1+.

The granddaddy of the stats sites is ExtremeOverclocking.com's Folding@Home stats. EOC updates their stats every three hours, which is more often than all the other non-Stanford stat sites. They use color coding both of users and teams based on production. They rank team members by total points, and they rank the Top 20 producers. They have a top-notch threats and conquests feature where you can see who you are on pace to pass and who is coming up behind you, both as an individual within your team and as a team. Both graphs and charts are available to see your past production and future projections. And in a feature that none of the other stats sites have, EOC allows you to set the clock days and even years into the future to see where you'll stand six months, a year, or even three years from now (based on current production).

So take a look at the options, pick your site and keep track of where you are!

On the Frankenbot front, the Diskless Monstrosity is progressing nicely. Once again, a huge attaboy to Cass for the hours and hours he has spent on this project. And a big thankya to Mrs. Cass for letting him do it! The Monstrosity currently has 6 processors churning out WUs for Frank, with several more expected in the next few days. The Frankenbot project has a total of 13 processors and is now a regular on the Top 20 producers list. A big thanks to everyone who contributed to the project. Check here for details on our 'bots and here for a listing of what parts we're on the lookout for.

That's all for this week. Have a good week, and good folding!

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