Profile: Thund3rb1rd


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[June 2005] My IT history goes back to the IBM 1005, punched cards, and COBOL 68, which was the original DOD implementation of the COBOL language. I've seen a great deal of change in the past 38 years and can remember when computers fit in auditoriums. With absolutely no disrespect intended, I imagine I've forgotten more about computers and information technology than most people who read this have ever known. Nowadays, as an older and therefore unhireable casualty of the IT crash a few years ago, I spend my time screening passengers at the airport as a member of the Transportation Security Administration.

The best part of my life now are my two grandchildren, Noah, who is 2-1/2, and Sydney, who is 10 months old.

[August 2009] Still no ET, but keep the faith, baby! Noah is now almost 7 and Sydney just turned 5. Not long after my original post some four years ago, we were devestated to learn that she suffered several birthing problems, and was born blind in her left eye and deaf in her left ear. Apparently, her nervous system had some development problems. We couldn't possibly love her any more, so in the long run, these speed bumps don't matter.

BOINC is the big deal now, and it seems like the science behind the many DC projects has gotten lost behind credits and which BOINC version has such-and-such a problem. Most of the projects have home grown their own gurus, who dispense advice on "their" project with all the grace and wisdom of a mother bear with a bad tooth. Even SETI has become more interested in SETI@Home as an end in and of itself as opposed to little ol' ET. See you in a couple more years. Shalom!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I became involved with SAH fairly early on in May 1999. The two things that most excited me about the project were the distributed-computing environment and the [remote] possibility that someone somewhere would actually find an ET signal. At this writing (June 2005), I must admit I'm not too impressed with things as they now stand with SAH@BOINC, but I keep the faith that ET might yet be found.
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