The UNITED DEVICES/grid.org Cancer Research Project
Use your computer to aid research for a cancer cure
Cancer is a feared disease. Almost
everyone has had to deal with it in some way. The feelings of helplessness and despair when faced by Cancer can only be experienced,
not described. You do not have to be helpless and hopeless. You can do something about Cancer. You can fight back.
Devices is about a Cancer research project you can be directly involved in.
United Devices is a world-wide gathering
of people donating their individual computer processing power to a research program that is sponsored in part by Intel and
conducted by Oxford University, Cambridge, England. Estimates are that by running UD we may shave 2 to 5 years off the time
it takes to complete this cancer research project.
In a nutshell, UD is a small, free, non-invasive program that runs
in the background on your computer using "unused" processor cycles. Your computer processes Cancer research "work units" and
returns the results via the Internet to UD.
Some Frequently Asked Questions about UD:
Q. Will UD slowdown
or affect other programs running on a computer? A. UD runs in the background and uses computer resources that no other
program is using.
Q. Is UD spyware? A. UD isn't spyware. Look for it on any spyware list, you won't find it.
Why should anyone join the UD Team PC911? A. UD Team PC911 members enjoy comraderie, friendly competition, and lots of
help from computer-savvy people.
Q. Will UD interfere with game play? A. Not at all. Again, it only uses CPU cycles
that are not used by any other process.
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This is a collection so far of new UD banners...As Alex agreed to they should show the pc911ud team name and the PCQandA forum
name...I will add any to this page so we can see them all together as they are submitted.Try to upload them to the forum server
so we dont drain someones private resources when we use them at PCQandA.I'll change any urls in this post as they change.
To use them just type in the url below each banner
the ht To do this select the example line of code and right click and copy
.open a notepad window and paste it there.it should look like this after you remove the uneeded text.
to whatever link your going to click on to go somewhere and right click on it and choose copy shortcut..paste it after "link:"
and before the pipe sign "(|)" then you remove the http:// from the url you just pasted. now for the second part you right
click on the graphic you want the link to appear as and choose properties,you then highlight the url and right click and copy
it.you then leave the http:// in and you paste it to the right of the (|) pipe sign.select the whole code line you have created
in notepad and choose copy and then paste it in the forum post window to preview it.
if all is well and it links correctly
you then paste it in your sig profile in the user menu and update.
the end result should look like the example on the
above page with your urls in place.
[your linked page url | your graphic url]
or if you know all the info you
could just type it all in... an example of that would be this code
whatever url here|Privileged to be a Member of the PC911 UD Team]
The get_stoners program bparks kindly made for us to retrieve the scores
from the Statsman site.
The file I use to create the table which I will gladly send to anyone who would like a copy.
Or you can of course create your own table.
I can email anyone either or both of these if they wish. My email address
is in my profile or you can PM me here, your choice. The get_stoners program is 1.3megs.
When creating the
table I use Meta-pad which is a freebie program that is so much better than Notepad. It can be downloaded here:- Get your
free Metapad here
Retrieving the scores
and the program starts.
Once opened get_stoners automatically goes to the Statsman site and gathers the names
and scores. It then stores these in a text file called stoners in the same folder that you have get_stoners
stored. It always overwrites the old file without asking for confirmation. Once this is complete the program closes. During
this process the window will remain on the screen for only a few seconds.
Preparing to publish your
Open the text file stoners. This brings the latest names and scores list in Notepad.
Verify this is the current scores because Statsmans fails to report occasionally so you harvest the old scores again.
metapad and in it, open the text file Milestones (This is my blank table without the names or scores added in,
just ,000 because they are always there.) Transfer names and scores over to the table, adding or removing enough blank entries
to cover all those being recognised that day. I use 'copy and paste' for the names, that way they are shown exactly how the
member used them to join the team.
When the list is complete I save it as a text file of that days date like "date".txt. This is totally unnecessary but a precaution on my part till the scores have been published in the UD lounge. I use this
point so it gets saved before I unwrap the lines. Then, if any editing is needed, I can find the edit point easily.
we need to click Select all then edit then block then unwrap lines and finally copy . This
copies the table to your clipboard ready for publishing.
Publishing in the UD lounge
go to the UD lounge and open a new post, give it a title and then copy your clipboard contents to the text window.
As this is my last opportunity to avoid any embarrassing errors I always do a preview before posting.
Remember that my way is not necessarily your way. This tutorial
was written to give you choices. You can have the full picture if you are happy with my style of presentation. Or a starting
point to be modified by you to create your own stamp of recognition. There is no rule saying how these things should be done.
The table needs to be neat and tidy, and presented in such a way that anyone can understand the results.
When I open
Metapad and Wordpad for the first time I sized them so they will sit side by side on my screen and totally viewable
for easy transfer of the data. Then it is so easy each day to just do my copy and paste.
I created three icons on the
desktop for get_stoners.exe and stoners.txt and for Metapad just to make life easier.There was no
need for an icon to start Notepad, starting stoners will automatically bring it on your screen in Notepad.
some time trying your efforts on the UD page but use the preview button. This allows you to see your finished product
in the privacy of your own environment. Then when you are happy with the output you can post it on the lounge. I spent a lot
of time there, mainly trying to refine the table so it looks respectable and easily readable.
If there any questions
or comments please PM me or do it in a post, starting a new thread, which ever you are more comfortable with.
United Devices is a provider of distributed computing services. This means they combine the computing power of
tens of thousands of computers from all over the world by using the idle time and unused processor cycles to work on big computing
projects that would normally take enormous amounts of time.
One of the projects they work on is the search for a cure
for cancer. The idea is to check certain chemical molecules against certain proteins that are thought to be key elements in
cancer growth. However, there are millions and millions of combinations to check, and doing this on only a few computers in
a lab would take a very long time.
This is where regular computer users like you come in. By installing a small program
on your computer UD will send your computer a work unit to complete. Your computer will work on it when it is idle, using
only unused processor cycles, not interfering with anything you do on your computer. When the work unit is completed, it uploads
it to the UD web site and retrieves the next unit to work on.
You probably get the idea. With thousands and thousands
of computer users across the planet installing the UD software and donating their free unused computing time, processing can
be distributed over many computers to help speed up the process.
to setup a PC911 UD 'Sub-Team'...by BigFoot
If you have more than one PC and would like to list them all under
one name and have your own 'Sub-Team' on the PC911 UD Team, here is how to do it:
First...download the UD agent for
the second PC. Then...during the install process, on the Registration screen, you will see a check box asking if you are an
'existing member', say (check) "YES"...After that...use the same username & ID that you used on the first PC...And then...pick
a name for the second PC that is different from the one you used on the first PC and finish the install process...That is
it!... You will then have two units (or more!) running under the same name on PC911 UD Team just like some of the other Sub-Teams.
Note: These same steps can be used on one single PC to start all over again (reformat... or whatever) and still keep the same
member name on the PC911 UD Team list. There are several ways to save your points on a reinstall, just post your situation
as a question on the UD/PC911 Forum and someone should be able to help you get through the problem. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=
I belong to a group (UD/PC911) of computer users who are using our personal computers to process
Cancer research. Our group is actively recruiting new members, including webmasters like you, to join our team in the search
for a cure for Cancer.
This Cancer research is sponsored by Intel and Oxford University. It involves downloading a
small, free, non-intrusive program from United Devices that runs on idle processes in the background while you go about your
normal computer business.
Once set up, the program (UDagent) requires no user input. There is no security risk. UDagent
is being used on more than 1,600,000 computers around the world.
have designed a personal UD banner for your website. It is attached to this message. If you do not want to open the attachment,
you can view the banner at ________ .
If the banner is not satisfactory, we will gladly design one to your specifications.
This banner will refer people to a URL where they can get information about joining United Devices.
The banner asks
people to join you in a search for a cure for Cancer. People can join with you to be part of a subteam of our team. Forming
a subteam is very easy to do and complete details for doing this are at http://www.pcqanda.com/.