distributed.net is a loosely knit group of computer users from all of the world that is taking up challenges requiring lots of computing power (most notably the RC5, DES, and OGR cracking contests). It is simple to participate in the challenges by downloading and running their client software (which uses idle CPU time to complete its tasks).
xd3d is a simple scientific visualization tool designed to be easy to learn. It can plot 2D and 3D meshes, with shadowing, contour plots, vector fields, iso-contour (3D), as well as 3D surfaces z=f(x,y) defined by an algebraic expression or a cloud of points. It generates high-quality vector PostScript files for scientific publications and still or animated bitmap images. The distribution includes the graph plotter, xgraphic.