We need you in the Artemis Society International SETI@Home Team!
Why you want to do this
"... there's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilization beyond Earth."
We did it! On March 29, 2000, the ASI Team reached the #99 spot on the SETI@Home clubs list!
Participating in the SETI@Home project doesn't cost you anything but 5 to 10 minutes of your time, and you get a nifty screen saver for your trouble. Once it's set up, SETI@Home does everything automatically so you don't have anything to worry about.
Your participation in the Artemis Society Internaional SETI@Home team will help us get into the Top 100 Clubs List. We chose this goal just for fun. If we achieve it, we don't win much (maybe a bit of publicity), and if we don't, we don't really lose anything.
More importantly, as it says on the SETI@Home web, there's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilization beyond Earth.
How SETI@Home Works
SETI@Home is a program that runs on your computer when you're not using it. It uses your machine's unused computer power to search for radio signals from an extraterrestrial civilization. Once in a while it will need to get to the Internet to download a new workunit. A workunit is a block of data, about 250K, from the giant Arecibo radio telescope.
SETI@Home works like a screen saver. It starts up when your machine has been idle for a while, and obediently gets out of the way as soon as you want to do something. You can set the amount of time your computer waits before the screen saver stars.
"... it's all automatic, you don't have to do anything -- or know anything -- about SETI@Home ...".
You can also run SETI@Home as a regular application program. Full instructions come with the software, and more information is available at the SETI@Home web site.
When it's not busy doing something else, your computer will analyze this block of data, looking for the distinct signature of a radio signal from an exterrestrial civilization. Each time it completes a workunit, your computer will ask to connect to the SETI@Home site on the Internet. Once you let it connect, it will automatically upload its findings and get a new block of data to work on.
Since it's all automatic, you don't have to do anything -- or know anything -- about SETI@Home to participate in the program. You can interrupt the program at any time, except when it is uploading its results or getting a new work unit. This only happens once every few hours (every couple of days unless you have a very, very fast computer). It will tell you when it doesn't want to be interrupted.
While it is analyzing the data, SETI@Home keeps track of where it was and start back up at the same place the next time it runs, so don't worry about interrupting it.
Here's how to do it. If you are already running SETI@Home on your computer, skip to Step 4.
Step 1: Download the SETI@Home Software
This doesn't cost anything but a few minutes of your time, and you get a nifty screen saver in the process. All you have to do is download the SETI@Home client and install it.
Click here for the SETI@Home download page
There are versions for the Macintosh, Windows, and many variations of Unix, so chances are you'll find SETI@Home available for your computer system.
Step 2: Install the SETI@Home Software
Installing it takes about 5 minutes. You'll have to reboot after it's installed.
Step 3: Set up SETI@Home
When your machine restarts, SETI@Home will start automatically and ask you to set it up. Setup is easy. Just punch the buttons.
If you use a dial-up connection and don't have a dedicated telephone line for your computer, you probably want to have SETI@Home ask before uploading a work unit. Otherwise, click the button that lets SETI@Home connect any time it wants to.
For much faster processing, set it to blank the screen a minute or two after the screen saver starts.
You can choose a corner of your screen as a hot spot. The default is the lower left corner. If you move your cursor to the hot spot, the SETI@Home screen saver starts immediately.
Hot spots work well, but we have found it convenient to turn off the hot key feature so that you don't accidentally start SETI@Home when you don't want to. The hot key feature lets you start up SETI@Home with a combination of keystrokes that you specify.
If you don't want to fool around with setting up your own SETI@Home account ... enter "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The first time it runs, the program will ask you to create a new SETI@Home account. That's easy, too. Just use your email address. In a few minutes, check your email for a note from SETI@Home that tells you your password.
If you don't want to fool around with setting up your own SETI@Home account and keeping track of yet another password, click on the "Use Existing Account" button and enter "email@example.com". That's the general Artemis Society SETI@Home account.
If you use the firstname.lastname@example.org account, you can skip the rest of these instructions because email@example.com is already a member of the Artemis Society International SETI@Home team.
Step 4: Join the Artemis Society International Team
Start up your web browser and go to the Artemis Society International SETI@Home Team. Click on the "Join" link near the top of the page, and you're in!
Everyone is welcome!
You don't have to be a member of Artemis Society International to participate in the ASI SETI@Home Team.
Of course, we'd be delighted to have you with us, so if you're interested in the work of Artemis Society International to open space travel for you, then please do join Artemis Society International!
That's all there is to it!
Welcome to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence!
Related Web Pages
Top 200 SETI@Home Clubs, Moving Averages
ASI Team Individual Moving Averages