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Change for Good

It's easy to believe that one person cannot make a difference.  Yet combine many small efforts into one and you can produce an incredible effect.

We were always impressed by the Change for Good campaign.  We've always had extra change from every trip overseas.  The change is useless to us.  But if enough of us give it away, we can make a difference.  A lot in this case.  To date, the Change for Good campaign has raised over $150 million dollars.

You can do the same thing with your computer.  Most of us do not use our computers 100% of the time.  When your computer is idle - which is most of the time - it can work for good.  How?  There are many efforts where the computer works on research efforts when it isn't busy.

There are many volunteer computing efforts out there.  Many use a particular piece of software called BOINC - the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing.  You can choose from many different educational and research efforts.  Pharmaceutical development? Find new particles that explain our universe? You control what efforts are explored and how much resources (i.e. time) you donate.

So how exactly does idle time on a computer help anyone?  Experimentation is expensive and takes time.  It is possible to model or guide experimentation by running computer scenarios or models.  Modeling can also be expensive unless you have access to donated computing cycles.  That's where we volunteers come in.  One idle computer doesn't help very much.  But many idle computers can make a difference - especially when we are talking about hundreds of thousands of computers.

Main Stage Productions Inc DBA STAGE RIGHT is in the top 1% of donors when if comes to computer cycles. Out of 4.7 million registered users that's impressive. Unfortunately that is a tiny fraction of the 2 billion computers that could be donating their idle cycles to research.

Let's work to make a difference a bit at a time.