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Have you ever been a folding "evangelist"?

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Just wondering if anyone has had luck convincing other people or companies to use the spare processing power of their PC's for folding? How did you do it? I've told a few relatives what a great cause it is and they just don't seem to be interested. I've also sent an email to a few PR departments at companies like Google (who I thought would be interested in folding on a certain portion of their PC's, just for the good publicity it would give them) and nada...no response. This is really discouraging. The cost of running the uniprocessor client is minimal, and I think it should become something that is "cool" for companies to do. It should be one of those essential programs like Firefox that millions of PC users immediately install when they get a new machine. The awareness/enthusiasm just doesn't seem to be out there, despite the fact that so many people are directly effected by cancer and other diseases that F@H is trying to eliminate. Do you have any ideas on how we can "spread the good news" and get more people involved?
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Moving to the main forum.
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well, maybe if the institutions profiting (not the right word, I know) from the folding community released some sort of results, demonstrating that what the community is doing is not fruitless, maybe, then we could convince someone.
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Google already has a folding farm!
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I've tried to get my company to use some servers for folding with no luck. However, I do have my whole plant and some people out in the field using the client. (See my sig)

I've tried a few times to get them to use more powerful computers, they just don't seem interested. I have asked to them to notify me when they replace a server to give me the old one or at least let me use it to fold while it sits somewhere @ corporate.
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see my sig...
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Yup. My work place and our local gym both fold from explaining what it was.
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I'm a folding convert thanks to CarlosSpicyWeiner. He's been working on me for years, and now that I have a decent set up he got me to start. He's fairly persistent .
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I see,turn folding@home into "bloatware". This ought to do the program well.
Edited by PCCstudent - 8/19/11 at 12:57pm
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Oh yea, I have. Of course, I'm also a bio student working in a cancer research lab, so my peers are more receptive to this sort of thing

But yeaup. Even though most of my coworkers run PCs that most of OCN ditched years ago, they still fold (mostly for the default team rather than 37726, but hey, it's all for research in the end)
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