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Message 2823 - Posted 19 May 2007 15:21:59 UTC

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    http://dcteam.guru-mountain.com/
    Welcome to our site...

    Guru Mountain\'s Distributed Computing Team was formed in April of 2006 as a means for us to put some of our computing power to work for humanitarian causes and the advancement of scientific knowledge.

    This rewarding hobby is something that anyone with a personal computer can get involved with, takes up very little of your time, and costs you practically nothing. The software runs in the background on your computer,...


    http://guru-mountain.com/dcteam/forums/viewtopic.php?t=25

    The Guru Extra Effort Kruncherz Squad (GEEK Squad) consists of active members who have been on our team for at least 30 days and who wish to help out with our efforts to raise team rankings on various projects, or contribute to the discussions involved.

    Access to the GEEK Squad private forum requires membership in the GEEK Squad usergroup. Interested members can send me a private message or email me if they wish to be added to this usergroup.

    This public forum may be viewed by anyone, and most discussion regarding our efforts takes place here, as there really isn\'t anything terribly top secret about any of it... we keep the really boring stuff such as squabbling over which projects should be next on our list of targets in the private forum in order to avoid boring our visitors half to death.

    For a very small team with very few active members, we\'ve done remarkably well in a short period of time. But recruiting new members should become a priority in the coming months. To this end, our feeling is that people might be interested in joining a small team with several projects already high in the world rankings. I confess to a certain amount of pride in our accomplishments so far, but more active members is what will take the team higher in the rankings and recruiting will have to be a serious priority in the near future.

    Both casual and serious crunchers are always welcome.. even a rather outdated PC can contribute to our cause. I still keep some old clunkers running 24/7 on BOINC projects in spite of the heat generated and electricity used for a few extra credits per day. So, don\'t ever believe that we won\'t take you seriously if all you can do is fire your old 500MHz Pentium II machine up on BOINC for half the day. There are several projects that run just fine on such a machine, and every credit counts.

    We\'re more interested in the contributions we make to the sciences than we are in anything else, and the sense of community and family our small team can provide. Already in a big, top-ranked team? How about taking that old 700MHz Celeron box you\'ve been using for a doorstop most of last year, and putting it to work for us? Make another account on our GEEK Squad current projects, join our team with that account, and help us out a little. I don\'t think your other team will ostracize you or take you off their Xmas card list.

    For new visitors looking for a team, let me say that there are advantages to the big and small teams, alike. It\'s more important that you get involved than which team you choose. Just know that you\'re always welcome here, regardless of which team you choose to join.

    Distributed Computing is a rather rewarding hobby that lets you do something good for humanity without really doing much work, or spending a bunch of money. Of course, some of us do that, too... building cruncher farms with many CPU\'s warming up the house in the winter (and killing us trying to keep it cool in the summer) but only the truly dedicated need to go to all that trouble. We\'re glad to get casual crunchers on the team, because every contribution counts and is appreciated.

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    Message 2824 - Posted 19 May 2007 17:00:13 UTC

      So why should you consider our team? Well, look around the site. It\'s not fancy, but I think that I\'ve done a fair job of keeping it simple, pleasant and easy to navigate. Look at our team rankings on the projects we are currently crunching for. It\'s not very often that you see a team this size get so many projects that far up those ranking lists, and keep them there. We\'re dedicated, serious enthusiasts. But we want the casual enthusiast to feel welcome and know that we don\'t care if all you have is one old, outdated 500MHz Celeron machine. Every contribution is important to us. Because we believe in the technology, and what it can do (and has already done) for a number of scientific fields.

      You might not be a computer geek, and feel a bit intimidated by the rather escoteric techno-talk. We only talk like that so we sound smarter than we really are, and to frighten small children. This is a very easy hobby to get into, costs practically nothing, requires almost none of your time and has been proven to improve your sex life. Ok, I made that last one up. But it\'s actually pretty fun. If you want to, you can go overboard and spend a fortune building a massively powereful cruncher farm that will keep that little disk in your electric meter spinning at a steady pace. But it\'s not necessary.

      We will be more than happy to walk you through getting started, and offer what advice we can on how best to do things or which projects to crunch for... you can toss out the advice and just take the help with getting started, too. The important thing is that you get involved. Most of the projects really are doing great things for science.

      I know that it might not help me recruit new members to our little team if I tell you that it\'s not important which team you join, but that\'s exactly what I\'m telling you. The contributions to science made by distributed computing far outweighs my recruiting efforts. So get involved. We\'ll be glad to have you on our team if you think you\'ll like it here. You\'re welcome to stop by and chat on our forums no matter what team you join, or even if you don\'t join any team (it\'s not a requirement), but this is something you can do that makes a difference. Maybe the news media will never take note of your contribution to the sciences... but we will!

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      Message 2826 - Posted 19 May 2007 17:16:44 UTC - in response to Message 2824.

        All previous posts cut and pasted from http://dcteam.guru-mountain.com/

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