Hey folks, I love seti@home. It is such a great idea to harness the wasted computing power of computers all over the world through the internet. I'm a romantic and just love the idea that I might be the one to decode the message some day. I am interested in folding - the easier shot at top 100 (we are already there), the team spirit, and all the great scientific and medical applications are all great reasons to participate. I just might download folding and do both. BUT I have read in various threads of people keeping their computers on all night BECAUSE OF THESE PROGRAMS. Some of you keep them on for other good reasons anyways - web servers, whatever. Ok, fine. But I am not sure it is such a great idea to leave them on all night only because of these distributed computing programs. even if you set energy conserving settings on (hard disks, screen turn off, etc.), I would argue that a computer on all night is unnecessarily using energy, and often, depending on where you get your power from, environmentally irresponsible. I live in Michigan - I get my power from coal! there is no way I am going to leave my computer on looking for aliens at night on coal power! What type of power plant are you getting energy from? Do you leave your computer on all night? Should you? In California there is the Energy crisis to add to the picture. And, dont forget that you pay for that energy. etc. etc. What do you folks think? shall we have a friendly discussion here?'