I now live in Melbourne - just for the fun of it - and seem to spend most of my time working in front of a computer screen.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. It seems a shame to let all those CPU cycles go to waste, so I figure that If I have the resources to spare, why not devote them to something useful. Besides, the whole idea of distributed computing (assuming the sum really is greater than its parts) is kind of funky.
2. I like the concept(s) introduced by set@home e.g. prompting folks to consider something bigger than themselves. Not only in the sense of the search for intelligence elsewhere, but also the idea that by participating in whatever means big or small, you can contribute to something possibly profound.
3. No suggestions. The Boinc software is a total winner.