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|Everyone is warmly
invited to join our team. If you're
already a member of WCG, please
Else Can I Do To Help' for tips to improve your computer's
performance, and then click here. If
you are not a member of WCG but are
ready to join right now, please click here.
If you have more questions or are not convinced yet, then please visit
my Entry Page and then my Quick Guide to learn how
is helping mankind and why it is safe and important for you to help, too. You are also more than welcome to contact me
Bill Velek -- or visit the various forums
on the WCG
A Brief Intro -- what our team does -- for those of you who have not visited my Entry Page and are unfamiliar with the WCG.
Team Competition -- it's fun and it helps to promote recruitment.
HomeBrewers -- created for those who appreciate a good brew, but open to everyone (even if you don't like beer).
Our Team Stats -- a sample banner used on the WCG forums.
Our Team's Performance & Goal -- we've been constantly in the Top-100 and the Top Half-Percent for over two years.
How to Join Our 'HomeBrewers' Team -- please be sure to follow all of the following instructions.
Links to Other WCG and Team 'HomeBrewers' Sites -- assisting and promoting the WCG as well as our team.
Entry Page re WCG -- includes an excellent video by Heather Harrison which I highly recommend if you have not viewed it.
Quick Guide -- my main page about grid-computing and the World Community Grid, of which the HomeBrewers is a team.
Home: "Learn Science By Brewing Beer" -- my original page before joining WCG -- includes a link to my brewing Glossary.
BrewingEquipment -- my Yahoo Group with 1,400+ members, devoted exclusively to the topic of homebrewing equipment.
BrewSupplies-US -- my Yahoo Group devoted exclusively to on-line sources of brewing supplies in the United States.
Grow-Hops -- we have 3,400+ members focusing on growing beer & wine ingredients: hops, barley, brewing-herbs, etc.
Grow-Hops Entry Portal -- my page on this website which briefly describes my Grow-Hops groups and activities.
Grow-Hops Wiki -- learn all about growing hops from the Wiki created by the members of my Grow-Hops group.
Grow-Hops Yahoo Group -- this is our original group founded on May 21, 2007, and is primarily our MAIL-LIST group.
Our group includes: Forums, Polls/Surveys, a free Rhizome Exhange, a Whole-Hops Exchange, and more.
|Our team helps conduct computer research for cures for many diseases such as cancer and AIDS. We do this by donating the spare (wasted) power of our PCs (personal computers) to the World Community Grid, a non-profit organization supported by such reputable institutions as the Mayo Clinic, the American Cancer Society, United Way, the World Health Organization, the United Nations, many businesses, colleges and universities, and even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the time most computers, like yours, use only about five to ten percent of their power capacity, and the rest is just wasted, ... so we use it for the good of mankind. The program, developed and donated by IBM, is time-tested, absolutely safe and secure, and will not slow down your computer in the least; in other words, you'll be able to continue to use your computer just as you always have. If you're unfamiliar with grid-computing, please learn more by visiting here.|
wasted computer power is
... but if you do
join, you might as well
join a team. Teams are
useful because they encourage
recruitment and they add some
fun and socialization for those who want that. Merit 'points' are
completed research, and statistics are kept (see example
below). Teams race for higher rankings. Everyone is welcome on our HomeBrewers
team, but if
you would prefer another, there are over 25,000 available on the WCG; you can
also easily form your own team consisting of family and friends,
employees, your church, your school, fraternal organizations,
etc. But my primary interest, of course, is in getting people to
at least join the WCG.
|My hobby is brewing my own beer, so I
formed the HomeBrewers
members primarily from Internet brewing groups. Despite that most
teams had a
head-start of as much
as a year, our
team is doing well and has already passed the U.S. Army, Navy, Air
Force, Marines, and even Microsoft, and the
HomeBrewers, now ranked at #117, are in the top 1/2%
of all teams;
beaten the 'MillerTime' and
Light USA 2005' teams.
HomeBrewers is an international team, so we welcome people from all over the world to join us. When you join, be sure to list your country in your profile so that it will also be given credit for the same points that you earn for our team. If you join, we do NOT recommend the 'screen-saver' mode because your computer won't make use of the vast majority of your computer's wasted power, such as when you are reading email, etc. Also be sure to visit the WCG 'teams' forum and our team thread to read announcements and get the free signature-banner shown below. To join our team click here -- or go directly to World Community Grid. After joining, please return to visit my Home Page about brewing.
|Competition is FUN, and
it encourages members to work even harder for the good of
humanity. Below is an example of a somewhat
file that I have used when posting messages on the WCG forums -- a great
place for help, information, and socializing. The 'green things' are
hop cones which are used to give beer its
bitterness, flavor, and aroma. The quote is from Benjamin Franklin --
the greatest Americans to ever live (signer of the Declaration of
Independence, diplomat, scientist, author, etc.); it is ironic that one
of Ben Franklin's known virtues was temperance, since he liked to have
a good ale while discussing
politics at the pub. Several
statistics are printed on the bottom; my personal stats are in the
middle column and the HomeBrewers
team stats are in the right column. 'Total Points'
line) is the primary statistic for comparing performance, and colored stars are an
easier reference for different amounts of points
earned; the top
stars are mine and the bottom stars are for the team. Computing time
(two bottom lines) is expressed in Years :
Days : Hrs : Min :
Sec ... so the HomeBrewers
donated the equivalent of OVER 322
YEARS of continuous
computing (there is sometimes a short delay in the updating of
the banner, below). For a more complete view of our team's
progress, including some nice graphs, click here.
The World Community Grid also provides widgets that members can use; an
example appears after the following banner:
performance: Although we didn't make it into the Top
100 Teams by our first birthday on November
21, 2006, we finally succeeded very shortly thereafter and made it all
the way to # 66; we were able to remain in the Top-100 for nearly three
years before we were finally passed by teams which are just too big for
ranked at # 117 out of 25,412
teams on 'points', which still puts us in the TOP HALF PERCENT of
the total number of teams now competing on the World Community Grid,
and working together our team has already donated over 322 years worth of
|How to JOIN Our 'HomeBrewers' Team:
of these instructions. First, all members and prospective members
should read 'What
Else Can I Do To Help' for tips to improve your computer's
performance, etc. Then, if you are already a member
of the WCG,
here. On the other hand, if
you are not yet a member of
then there is no way for you to join our team until you first download and
install this program and then
return to this page and click
here. All members
are encouraged to join our HomeBrewers
so that there is some way to get important announcements to you; the
group is monitored, email addresses are secure, and mail is absolutely
minimal. Thank you for your interest.
|LINKS TO OTHER WCG AND TEAM HOMEBREWERS SITES:
The official World Community Grid home page is www.worldcommunitygrid.org
Here is a link to WCG wiki for some technical information about WCG and the 'agents' you can use.
'Fred B' has created and is generously sponsoring our new OFFICIAL* team page -- www.worldbrewers.info
(*it replaces this page, which is just my personal web-page to help with recruitment).
If any other "HomeBrewer" has a personal team site, please notify me so that I can add it to this list.
Here is a link to our Yahoo Group; it is for announcements, is moderated, and mail volume should remain low.
Here is our team thread on the WCG forums.
My personal portal to the WCG and this page: www.velek.com