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Save the World with Distributed Computing

February 15th, 2007

You've likely heard about Distributed Computing, or at least some of the well-known projects like [email protected] that got a lot of publicity in the early days of the Internet.

Distributed Computing has come a long way since then. Currently, there are dozens of projects that use Distributed Computing, and many of them solve some very important problems, like finding a cure for diseases like AIDS and Cancer, solving complex physics and mathematics problems, or trying to understand climate change.

Most projects use the BOINC platform. Rather than choose a single project, you can download a single program, then choose to help as many projects as you are interested in.

Running Distributed Computing software on your computer takes advantage of unused resources (CPU, RAM and disk space) to benefit the world at large. It takes just a few minutes to install and start making a small but significant contribution to humanity.

Help stop phishing

April 26th, 2006

I really hate phishing emails for two reasons. First, they're just more annoying spam in my inbox. Second, I know that some innocent people out there are going to be frauded because of these emails.

Thanks to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, there's something we can do to help stop phishing. And it's really easy too.

The next time you get an email asking you to log in to a banking or credit card site, even if it's from a bank you've never heard of, please report it. You only need to:

  1. Create a new email to [email protected]
  2. Drag and drop the phishing email, so that it gets sent as an attachment. (Don't just forward the email or some of the headers will get lost.)

Even if you forget all this, at least remember that you can always search "report phishing" on Google to find the Anti-Phishing Working Group — right now it's the first result.

Phishing will never go away completely, but the more people that report it, the less victims there will be.