SETI@home is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running this screensaver, which downloads and analyzes radio-telescope data. There's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilization beyond Earth.
This interesting screensaver doubles as a science experiment. SETI@home (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home) uses the idle time of hundreds of thousands of computers to analyze data about radio or light signals emanating from the vicinity of 30,000 sunlike stars that might indicate intelligent life.
The analysis of the data results in a colorful readout on your desktop, with graphs as well as status displays of your computer's part in the project. The graphics don't move, so you might want to set your monitor to power down after a certain amount of time. The allure, of course, is that your computer may be the one to finally make contact with other life forms. Whether the project succeeds or not, this screensaver provides some nice-looking graphics, a way to get involved in science, and a great conversation starter when others look at your desktop.
uses too much CPU, increases CPU core temperatures, diminishes the lifespan of your PC.
DO NOT USE this software. I would very much like to help out in the exploration of space and that is the reason why I tried this out, but this software is not good for your PC. I have a Dual Pentium 3.2GHz CPU, with 5 case fans to keep everything running smoothly. The CPU power consumption of this software is between 50-60% and in a 5 minute test run, the CPU core temperature went up by nearly 30%. If you run this all the time, you'll either fry your CPU and motherboard, or significantly diminish the lifespan of your hardware. Even if you adjust your preferences on the BOINC website it will not help. I read the reviews but was curious and installed the damn thing anyway. It took me 5 minutes to see I should have listened to the warnings, but oh well. Cool idea, but not a good idea. If you want this for the screen saver, you aren't saving anything. I work in the IT field, and this is just a warning for the average user... DO NOT INSTALL !!!
"Not useful with the average computer"
"System runs HOT"
Server Performance is down more than it is up!
Causes CPU temps to rise, causing fans to run full rpm all the time!
none. couldn't get it to work
Could never connect to seti server.
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