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The more people participate in volunteer computing, the more computing power will be available to science projects, and the more scientific progress will be made. In addition to volunteering yourself, you can help BOINC-based projects by attracting other volunteers.
You can do this by helping to publicize BOINC and BOINC-based projects in the mass media. There are various media that could effectively publicize BOINC. For now we are concentrating on magazines related to computing and/or science. You can help this publicity effort by communicating (by mail, email, or phone) with these magazines.
Please scan the following list of magazines, and select magazines in your country (and, preferably, that you subscribe to or read occasionally). Add any magazines that are not already listed. Wikipedia has a good list of computer magazines. You can find more info about many of these magazines there.
For a given magazine, you can:
- Send a letter to their "Letters to the Editor" department describing BOINC and why you use it, and urging readers to participate.
- Send a letter to their editor, encouraging him/her to run a story on BOINC, to include BOINC on any CD/DVD that they include with their magazine, to develop a "private label" version of the BOINC client with their logo, to create magazine-centered teams on the BOINC projects, and so on. Please have the magazines contact David Anderson, and/or the leaders of BOINC-based projects, for info.
- If the magazine has Web-based forums, join them and post about BOINC in the appropriate forum.
If you contact a magazine in any of these ways, please edit this web page (below the magazine's entry in the list below), saying what you did, and the date. This will reduce duplication of effort.
To get a magazine to write about BOINC, you need to convince them that there's something new and exciting. Here are some possible "talking points":
- Volunteer computing is doing research in a wide range of areas, from medicine to climate change. There are new projects all the time. It's not just SETI and prime numbers any more.
- With BOINC, you're not locked in to one project. You can run as many as you want, and change whenever you want. Many "stats sites" are available to show your credit totals all in one place.
- BOINC gives you extensive control over when and how your computer is used, including CPU throttling and day-of-week preferences.
- Each BOINC-based project has a global community of volunteers, with whom you can communicate using message boards, profiles, and private messages.
- BOINC is open source, and many of the projects' applications are too. It's possible (and encouraged) for volunteers to optimize applications for specific architectures.
Articles like this are an example of quick, helpful asenrws.
- Computer Totaal
- An article about BOINC (and DC in general) was published in the september 2007 issue.
- Mac fan
- PC magazine
- PC active
- PC plus magazine
- PC consument
- tips & trucs
- Computer Shopper
- Maximum PC
- PC Answers
- PC Format
- PC Plus
- PC Pro
- UBT - Timbo contacted Editor on 25th June about possibility of running feature on BOINC and including software on cover mounts. Have now spoken to their News Editor and details have been requested by them to use as a NEWS feature. Maybe we can follow this up with more news and the cover mount idea.
- PC Utilities
- PC Advisor
- Personal Computer World
- Computer Weekly
- UBT - Timbo - The three MAC titles above will be contacted soon, as a PR friend has some useful contact info available.
- Custom PC
- Computer Shopper
- Computer Power User (CPU)
- Smart Computing
- PC World
- PC Magazine
- Call A.P.P.L.E
- Dr. Dobb's Journal
One or two to rmeember, that is.