Profile: fatmac

Personal background
My name is Steven Hill. I'm currently 17 years old, and live in Florida. I'm an 11th grade high school student. My hobbies include building/fixing/networking computers, and (mainly) guitar. I'm in front of my computer most of the day, it's where I can almost always be found (whether I'm practicing guitar or otherwise.) I've been running seti@home since Jan. 14, 2003. I started off using Windows XP, however, I found that using Linux was much faster (in many aspects, including crunching WUs.) I then proceeded to install Linux for, basically, the sole purpose of seti@home.

OS: Mandrake 9.1, kernel 2.4.19; Windows XP

CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2600; 2.08GHZ

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Yes, I do think there is other life out there. I always have. When will humans discover it? Not for a long while. The possible benfits are a partnership with another form of intelligent life. However, I also believe that we have enough troubles here on earth between ourselves; possible dangers: need I say more? I run Seti@Home mainly because there's a lot of time that I'll pull up a tab for a song, and just have that loaded for two to three days without really using much more than that and instant messaging software. I figure with all the extra CPU, why not put it towards something useful? I think the project is a great idea, it helps common people become part of something big. It also helps the project itself advance a lot quicker than it would without all the extra computers.
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