I'm from seacoast New Hampshire. I work at the University of New Hampshire as the Macintosh Support Manager.
I have been away from SETI for a few years as I have been working on Distributed.net's RC5 64bit encryption project. Used a dual 1.25Ghz G4 running Mac OS 10.2.1 to cranking out 2 SETI units about every 6 hours.
NOW (Feb 2008) I have a MacPro with dual quad cores @ 3GHz working for SETI ... Mmmm EIGHT cores!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
It has to exist - the sheer volume and expanse of the Universe would seem to demand it!
Hard to say, we'd be pretty naive to assume that ALL alien life is friendly!
Mostly for fun and for the snowball's chance in H*LL that we find something, but if we don't try how could we find ANYTHING! The only issue I see with SETI is that even if we do detect a signal, the chances of us communnicating back are practically nil ... who knows the path the signal took to get to us and what celestial body has bent the signal from it's original path and how many times it's been bent!