Join the SPCR Folding Team today -- even if you can only make a "little" contribution. We need as many "little" contributors as we can get!
One more thing to consider folks:
Sure, Folding@Home is about medical research, and maybe it's a long shot, but what if this research actually leads to a disease cure, or at least greatly eases the suffering of those who are afflicted with some physical or mental malidy?
Assume for a moment that this long shot gambit pays off and even if all you have to contribute is a dusty tired old 500MHz machine that you setup for folding and it only turns in one measily work unit per week - wouldn't you like to know that you were a part of that cure?
To view this from another perspective, if you had a crystal ball and you positively knew for a fact, without a doubt, that a cure for some nasty human ailment was going to come from folding@home, would you fold then? I think most of you would, in fact you might be running around telling other people about it just like those of us here on the SPCR Folding Team
Why, well if a cure was certain, let's hurry it up and get it sooner than later right? Of course!
So, bring it home where it matters and ask yourself "How good would you truly feel when that great medical breakthrough does occur and you knew for a fact that you, and your dusty old PC, played a very real part in it?" Come on people, how many times in your lifetime do you ever get to be involved in something so purposeful with such high stakes for all of humanity? When was the last time a true scientific genius of the likes of Vijay Pande from Stanford University knocked on your door and asked you to do something so grand and wonderful for all of mankind?
And at what cost? Really people, it's just a couple bucks per month in electricity per PC! I'll bet we all waste a LOT more money than that every week on junk food and movie rentals that we don't even think twice about, and those things have very little actual redeaming value in the big picture of life.
Remember, you don't have to become a folding fanantic to do your part, some of you might, but that's a personal choice that you make on your own. And you don't have to run your PC or PCs 24/7 like some of us do, again only if you want to. But honestly folks it sure wouldn't hurt you one bit to give your PC something meaningful to do while it sits there and twiddles it's virtual thumbs most of the time.
Do a little something good today with your PC and set it up to fold@home for team SPCR