(First off thank you to our friends from Siriusbackstage.COM it is where I stole this explanation of Folding@Home, its one of the best explinations I have ever seen.) SatelliteGuys.US has started a "Folding Team" in an effort to help in the fight against serious diseases. Stanford University is leading the way of this research with their "Folding@Home" effort and have provided the means for individuals and teams to participate. The results of this research could lead to the prevention, treatment or cures for diseases such as Alzheimers, Cancer, Mad Cow, Parkinson's and other serious diseases, and in fact has already had some positive results. As a member of the SatelliteGuys.US community you are encouraged to join our "folding" team to contribute to this important research. This won't cost you anything so please read on. You can read the details of this research program on the Folding@home Page View a short flash slideshow for an overview of why you might want to join: Slideshow As you can see from the SatelliteGuys.US Official Team Page, points assigned to each member and each team to provide rankings within the team and amongst all of the teams. While points aren't the primary motivation for doing this, it does provide some feedback to members that participate to see their names listed and their level of contribution. We hope to make SatelliteGuys.US a major contributor for this great cause with the help from our members. To get started, all you need to do is Download the appropriate software - MAC, Windows and Linux are all supported. It only takes a few minutes and you will be up and running. If you have a Playstation 3 system you can also join in and put your PS3 to good use when your not playing games! For more information on how to use your PS3 to help the cause please CLICK HERE! Installing: When you install it, you can use any name you want to be on the list, but it's best to use your SatelliteGuys username so we can recognize you. After installing, make sure that the name is filled out and the team number is set to 55236 . On windows, you can right click on the little red icon in the toolbar and select the "Configure" menu option. Once you are up and running, spread the word by adding the image above to your signature in your profile. Here are some Questions and Answers to some common questions we think you might have. Q: Is it Secure? A: Yes, it is very secure. It will only contact Stanford's website to download new problems to solve, and upload the results when it has completed. No other information is gathered and transferred between the computers. It uses the highest encryption possible to validate the download and the results to provide the most secure exchange possible. Furthermore, you can only download the application from their servers so they have control over it. Let's put it this way, it's more dangerous to use email or browse the web than to run this software imo. Read more about security Here Q: I have more than one computer, can I run multiple copies and get credit? A: Yes, there is no limit to the number of computers you can put to work with your name getting the credit. The more CPU's you have working, the faster the points accumulate. The more the better! Q: Is there a reward for getting the most points? A: Not at this time, but you will be recognized on the list as a participant with a team ranking. In the future perhaps we will have other ways to recognize those that participate on behalf of the Sirius Backstage Team. Q: Will it slow my computer down? A: No, it only works when you aren't. Even while browsing or typing you are using only a small percentage of the CPU - this program will use whatever is left over. In the event that you feel you need to disable it, you have complete control and can pause it and resume it at any time. You can turn off your computer and it will resume where it left off next time you launch. Q: I have a family member that would like to do this, do they need to be a member of SatelliteGuys Member to be on the team? No, everyone is invited to join the SatelliteGuys.US folding team. All they need to do is make sure they use the team number 55236. Q: What if I decide to quit participating? A: No problem, simply uninstall the software. At least you gave it a try. Q: I joined and have it setup with the correct team number but why hasn't my name shown up on the team list? A: Your name will not appear until the first work unit has completed so be patient. Sometimes a work unit can take anywhere from a day to a few days. For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions visit the following Folding@home FAQ's If you have any other questions, please post them here in this thread Thanks for participating!