The SETI@Home project, based at the University of California at Berkeley, harnesses the power of thousands of ordinary home computers to plow through massive amounts of SETI data collected by radio telescopes. By particpating, there's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilization beyond Earth.
Getting involved is easy. Just follow these few simple steps:
Download and install the software. The SETI@Home client is available for Windows and Macintosh platforms, and is only 170k or 290k in size, respectively. It can run as a screen saver or continuously in the background.
Retrieve your SETI@Home password, which is randomly assigned by the server when you first set up your account.
Go to the Diarist.Net group page and join! Your processed data chunks will be credited to the team, and who knows an online diarist just might be the one that finds E.T.
- You can also manage your account, including a URL with your listing and looking up your accumulated credit.