Do you still [email protected]? I do a little. I still have the BOINC program installed in my home computer and it runs in the background while I'm actively at my computer reading blogs or checking my checking account. But when I step away from my computer for an extended period, I put it to sleep, suspending any SETI-related number crunching.
A press release we received late yesterday says that new radio data will be incorporated into the [email protected] analysis bin, and that people are still needed to sift through it all. I guess there have been a lot of people like me who jumped on the bandwagon years ago, but for one reason or another let participation slip.
I'll help, but in these days of being "green" and trying to save energy and money, I'm not keen on leaving my computer running all day long. So, [email protected] will get a mere couple of hours a night out of me. What about the rest of you? Do you leave your computers running all the time?
My PlayStation 3 has the capability of doing such distributed computing with the [email protected] project built in. I haven't signed up because I'm definitely not leaving that game console on 24/7 because that beast can get HOT, clearly sucking up a lot of juice. I probably use the PS3 less than my computer.
On the other hand, [email protected] was one program that I didn't restore when I got my new work computer. I should reinstall it and add another 45 hours a week — if I can find the e-mail with the old login code for "Bob!"
Update: Oh well, I guess Bob! will have to stay retired. I can't seem to resurrect him. But, my work computer is back BOINCing again. If you decide to do likewise, there's still an active Sky & Telescope team you can join. It's currently No. 146 of the "Top None Teams" for total processing credits. Woo hoo.