Popular Power really are the new kids on the distributed computing block. Following in the great footsteps of SETI and distributed.net, these guys are attempting to offer paid-for computing. Popular Power are not the first to tout the idea of being paid to let someone else your computer when it’s idle. There are at least three other companies trying to achieve the same goal. Currently Popular Power does not yet have any paying clients on-board. What it does have is a Macromedia Flash screen saver that process data, which is providing research into an influenza vaccine. The screen saver itself has a simple animation, but it simply repeats and bears no relation to the data being processed. The general client operation is poor. It’s very much hit or miss as to whether you’ll get any data to process. I have perceived with this, but have only processed a couple of hours of work. There are no instructions with the client, and no real help of any substance on the web site. The web site is very static. I found this site about two months ago, but the content has not changed since. In summary, although I really do hope someone like Popular Power does truly start the paid-for-computing, I really don’t think it will happen for a while. If you want to get into distributed computing, others organisations such as those mentioned earlier are a better bet at this time.