Nearly five years a folder!
It's been so long that I can't recall exactly where I heard about the game. It was probably after the splash over the successful solution of the Mason-Pfizer Monkey Virus (M-PMV) back in 2011. (If so, it took the seed a while to sprout....)
As a retired software engineer, one of the big hooks for me was the discovery that parts of the game could be scripted using the Lua programming language. More than a few players have a similar background, and some Foldit "recipes" run to thousands of lines of Lua code. Techie nirvana?
I joined Beta Folders at the invitation of the group's founder smilingone about a year after starting the game. Despite being a relatively small group, we've been able to rise to #1, overcoming the fearsome juggernaut that is Anthropic Dreams. Beta Folder retiredmichael led the charge, maintaining an iron grip on the #1 solo position for a year or more.
Lately, retiredmichael has stepped back a bit, being busy having what is known as "a life". I was able to fill in the void, briefly rising to #1 soloist and #1 evolver in late 2016. Sadly, my rankings soon slipped, but I've been able to hang on at #2 on both boards for much of 2017.
Competitive aspects of the game aside, I've been busy updating the Foldit wiki and helping to dust a few spots on the fold.it website. I've recently had the honor of being appointed a Foldit moderator, with the privilege of taking on those lawless school groups who sometimes take over global chat.
I'm looking forward to the new Foldit challenges that seem to be just around the corner! (Oh my, a second exclamation point!)
Bio-engineer at the prehistory 30 years ago, I PhD recently on the opposite scale: the World's ecology and sustainable development indicators.
I find Foldit inspiring for the research process and it's link with development and what we call "technological lock in" in History: one step back, 2 steps forwards can help humanity to go out of the current unsustainable high carbon societies lock-in.
From the game point of view, I like evolving and scripting in order to learn what is a beautiful protein.
-Oct 2012: Joined L'Alliance Francophone
-Apr-Sep 2013: rank 1 symmetric evolvers
-May 2013: Joined Beta Folders
-Nov 2013: first time our group solution further used in Science
-Dec 2013: Came back to L'Alliance Francophone
-Feb 2014: rank 2 evolvers (best rank ever: sym 1, overall 3, prediction 1, design 2, ED 3, CR 5, Experimental 5, CASP 8, PC 7).
-Apr 2014: lonesome soloist then Boinc.be, then founded the unconventional Soloists virtual group, then joined Go Science for the CASP11 race. We ended on rank 4. Nice to have many good evolvers there: this helps a lot for my solos.
-May 2014: strange feeling beeing CASP11 solo n°1 after 5 puzzles (2 after 8 puzzles, 8 at the end). This encouraged me to concentrate on solos.
-May 2014: Got Master soloists.
-Aug 2014: Solo rank 10
-Oct 2014: prediction solo rank 1 !!
-10 March 2015: Solo 2 (during 1 day !)
-Best solo rank ever: 2 (Prediction 1, CASP11 2, overall 2, design 2, symmetry 2, PC 3, Experimental 5, ED 6, HF 46).
-Best Foldit contribution ever (Nov 2015): Solo 2 + Evo 3 = 5 (total rank = 1)
-Sept 2016: Our group solution used in science (Nature paper)!
Information analyst. Background: degree in Mathematics and Computer science. C systems programmer a long time ago.
I'm a retired Computer Systems Analyst after having worked in IT for 30 years.
Struggling to maintain my sanity in spite of the Foldit client.
My sanity has won out. I've stopped playing Foldit until some of the legion client bugs have been fixed. Foldit Central needs to get its priorities straight--concentrate on the user experience for a change. Instead of piling on buggy new "features", fix the major issues already present.
There's an old parable about building your house on sand . . .
or my PC (capable of running ~5 clients) :)
Number of clients is limited by CPU, not Temperature due to efficient water cooling...
Windows 10 Pro 64bit
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (Sandy Bridge) @ 4.6GHz
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler (no noise, the best)
MOBO: MSI Z68A-GD80G3
Graphics: GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5
Ram: 16 GB
SSD: 110GB for OS fast access (Programs and Data on HDs)
HD: Sata3 (2x2 TB) plus a few more for backup and Foldit
Offline HD: for Backups