I understand I need an image capture device to use this software?
Correct. YETI@Home works by capturing images from a camera or other image capture device and then analyzing them, scouring the pixels for clues and patterns which would positively identify a yeti, bigfoot or other unidentified simian.
What image capture devices are supported?
Some of them.
Where should I aim the camera for best results?
Aim your image capture device, such as a QuickCam, out the window. Please choose the most rural of your window views, as this will decrease the odds of a false positive. Try to think like your prey and find the spots most likely to be attractive to a Bigfoot. Shrubbery, glades, streams, and caves are all good choices. Try not to aim it directly into the sun, up in the sky, or inside your house. Please take a look at some of our examples of good and bad views if you don't understand completely.
What about filming at night or in darkness?
We do not recommend lighting the area continuously with security or flood lamps, as this may interfere with nocturnal simian behavior. However, we are proud to announce that YETI@Home is compatible with the latest American or Israeli military grade nightvision equipment -- NOT second rate surplus nightvision scopes though. (Don't even ask about that Soviet crap!)
But I only have a surplus Soviet nightvision scope.
Sorry, not good enough. Should you not have the required nightvision equipment available immediately, we have added the capacity for external strobe lamps to be triggered at the moment of image capture. A few minor modifications are required to your system's motherboard and CPU chip, which can be done with a soldering iron. Simply wire your motherboard directly to the lamp's high voltage chargers and aim the lamps to broadly illuminate the viewing area. Then, every time an image is captured, the strobes will go off, providing plenty of light for a clean image. We recommend 200,000 candle power or greater. In consideration for your neighbors who may be concerned that the large flashes may be lighting or silent gunfire, we recommend you also connect an air horn to be triggered at the same time as the flash. Your neighbors will recognize the sound of the air horn in sync with the flash and know it's not lightning, but simply YETI@Home. Since the image is captured instantly as the strobe goes off, the air horn will not interefere with simian nocturnal behavior until after the image is captured.
Um, I'm afraid of soldering irons... I got burned once.
Very well. But don't give up... Even though capturing an image in pure darkness does reduce the odds of success somewhat, the magic of distributed computing allows us to offset this handicap by having millions of users. A million user increases the odds a million times! Therefore, we still need your contribution even though the odds do get reduced by the darkness.