We normally spend time talking about how idle gadgets and vampire power are some of the biggest energy drains that are simple to solve. However, every so often we find projects that give us a reason to leave the computer on stand-by during a lunch break or longer break. An example is BOINC, a program that uses idle computers to complete tasks for researching health solutions, or IBM’s World Community Grid that works on green energy. There's another possible reason to leave your computer on especially if you're a Facebook user - Intel wants to use it to solve environmental problems. Progress Thru Processors is a Facebook app from Intel that uses your idle computer for working on three projects. The first is ClimatePrediction.net, working to track and predict climate change. Next is Rosetta@home, which works on curing diseases. And the third is Africa@home, focused on fighting malaria in Africa.
You can download this app and feel a bit more guilt-free about leaving your computer for a short time rather than turning it off during short breaks. "By simply running an application on your computer, which uses very little incremental resources, you can expand computing resources to researchers working to make the world a better place," says Deborah Conrad, Intel vice president and general manager of its Corporate Marketing Group.
Via Greener Computing
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