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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


For many years I have put in computer time with SETI@Home and now Folding@Home. I have decided to create a Folding team of WoW players. I am hoping to help bring this great project to the forefront of the WoW community. It is a fact that if you are a WoW player then you have a computer. How about helping people out in your computers down time?

I have created a Folding@Home team for Warcraft players. It is called: /2 [Trade]Folding says: "WTBCure" If you already know how Folding@Home or other Seti@Home type programs all you need to do is get the program and enter the team number, 160138.

What is Folding?

In your body, proteins are like worker ants. When something needs done the proteins will group together or "fold." Sometimes the proteins do not fold correctly and can cause many types of diseases including Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.

What is Folding@Home?

Some of you may know what SETI@Home is. Folding@Home is the same idea. When you download a program from their website it will analyze information sent to you in "packets." When your computer is finished with a packet it will send the information back to the website and automatically get another packet. When using the Folding@Home program, the students and scientists at Stanford University will go over the packets to learn more about the process of folding. Hopefully they will learn ways to prevent misfolds or have a better understanding of the diseases misfolding can cause.

How do I help?

Go to their download page and get the program. Once it is downloaded and running you can right click the red cog on your toolbar and go to Configure. Once there you can enter a screen name you want to use and a team number. This WoW team number is 160138. Also in the configure you can set it to use so much memory. If I am playing WoW or using other high RAM programs I set it to a lower level but if I know I wont really be on my computer for a while I will set it to max. Even running max you dont notice a difference when surfing the net or playing music/videos. So long as your computer is on and the program is running it will automatically process the data and send and recieve new packets.

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