What are your New Year's resolutions? Did you vow to shed those holiday pounds you put on the past couple of weeks? Perhaps you promised to finally use this year's tax refund to put together that dream machine build you deserve. Whatever they are, here's an easy one to add to the list: start "Folding" for team Maximum PC.
We're referring to Stanford's Folding@home distributed computing project. The ultimate goal is to better understand (and find cures for) diseases like Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntingtons', Parkinson's, various cancers, and more. If you're new to Folding, or distributed computing in general, the way it works is you download a piece of software that taps into your spare CPU cycles to study protein folding. One machine by itself isn't very helpful, but collectively, it's like having access to a supercomputer.
Points are tracked and there's a lot of friendly competition (and trash talking) between sites. To join Maximum PC, you'd input 11108 in the Team number field. Hit up the links below for more info.