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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.

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Magazines

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.

Australia

Bangladesh

Brazil

Info Exame is a science and technology magazine. The magazine contains articles and reviews on software, PC, laptop, iPod, BlackBerry, iPhone, and more.

There are more mobile subscribers than people in Brazil, with 272.4 million mobile subscriptions shared among a population of 199 million. In 2013, for the first time, the number of smartphones sold (32 million) outpaced the number of feature phones (29.1 million). Mobile Web use is rising rapidly – 36 percent Brazilians are regular users of 3G services. But the majority (78 percent) of the population remains on prepaid – pay-as-you-go – contracts. (Sources: Anatel/Teleco; World Bank; IDC/Abinee/Teleco; Anatel/Teleco - March 2014).

Canada

China

Croatia

Czech Republic

Articles like this are an example of quick, helpful asenrws.

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Malaysia

Mexico

"Middle East"

New Zealand

Norway

Netherlands, The

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Russia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Syria

Thailand

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States

One or two to rmeember, that is.

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