Wow, that's pretty cool Full_Taoer (great nick by the way). Congrats on the anniversary, that's pretty special. So is the career path. I wonder how able someone would be now to follow a similar trajectory. I wasn't sure if we would hear anything from you here. Most of the old hands don't bother. Not that I blame them, but you can never go home again. I figure everybody has a point at which life or finances move them out from the Fold, so to speak. Hey, you've done your bit (but y'know, if/when you start again, we need all the points we can get. The new Maxwell based cards from NVIDIA look poised to have great price/performance). Hope everything is good on the homefront, healthwise and sundry.
Good observation, I think. Life (work/health) pulled me out of Folding for a significant stretch (years). I wasn't happy about it, but lack of time/funds made the decision for me. When Rose & Gordon passed, I was compelled to do something, and seeing as I had to replace a dying home pc anyway, I decided to go with what was MaxPC's budget build at the time, so as to allow sufficient flexibility to game (son), check email/surf (wife/daughter), and Fold (me).
I think in years' past I may have maxed out at around 10K PPD during the Mighty Marathon, and it took getting everything I had set-up to Fold: desktops, laptops, several office pc's, a couple of friends' pc's, the toaster, microwave, blender... Now I have just the one desktop build (quad core + 7770), and at the moment an i7 office laptop with a lamer vid card folding (temporarily) - combined, when I am home to maintain them, they total close to 30K PPD.
My basement, affectionately know as "The Cave" (since where else would a "monster" live but in a cave), used to house so many machines that it was hard to walk around without tripping over Cat5 cables - now, after the flood, it's nearly bare, except for the HD projector & a couch - and I manage almost 3 times my Marathon PPD at just a fraction of the power usage and real estate footprints.
Maybe some of the old timers will pop in for a shout-out. It looks like several of them are still folding, albeit at much reduced rates.