Profile: John McIntyre


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Personal background
Hi, I'm a cellular communications engineer, 53, and live with my 17 year old son Josh in Milton Keynes, England, which is approximately 60miles (100kms) north of London. I work in the European cellular communications industry for T-Mobile International.

Other than watching the sky from time to time on my telescope and supporting the English national Football team both home and away, I am an aspiring skydiver with the USPA, a PADI Rescue Diver and an improving underwater photographer. I also have a life-long passion for American 4x4 Pick-up trucks and have a heavily modified 2001 2nd generation Dodge RAM 3500 1-ton truck with a 5.9L straight 6, 24v Cummins Turbocharged Diesel, which has been all over the continental USA and Canada and now most of Europe and Scandinavia too, with almost 175,000 miles (280,000kms) on the odometer.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
The law of averages suggests it won't be a metter of "if" but "when". Any form of contact with an extraterrestrial being will initially be a cautious affair, to ensure that the wrong impression is neither given nor received nor misinterpreted without compromising the situation.

I run SETI@home, because it's good to be part of a wider collaboarative effort to promote humanity both inside and beyond our galaxy. I still use a desktop planetarium program called Redshift (only version 3 however) for the Macintosh OSX platform, as all subsequent versions 4 thru 6, have been available for WinTel/PC users only. When I get my data units for processing, I can then gain a visual appreciation of the source of these radio signals being received at Arecibo Radio Observatory.

I recommend this great desktop pletarium program to all SETI@home users. Hopefully there will be a cross-platform version for PCs as well as Macs at some time in the future... but only if enough people ask for it.....

Redshift website http://www.redshift.de/gb/_main/index.htm
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