Profile: SlumLord

Personal background
The picture above is my sister, her son, and I on vacation at Niagra Falls, New York.

I am a 41 year old software developer for the Defense Logistics Agency in Battle Creek, Michigan. The small city of more than 50,000 is corporate headquarters of the Kellogg's cereal company. I commute there from Ypsilanti where I live with my wife and our toddler son. In August 2008 we got married in Traverse City, Michigan.

In 2012 I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems. Since 2005 I have completed a C++ Programming Certificate, Computer Programming Associate and in May, 2011 achieved a Computer Information Systems Associate at Washtenaw Community College.

See my other BOINC project profiles, for project statistics and different pictures, at GPUGrid, LHC@Home, and Rosetta@Home.

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Current System: SETI@Home v8 work units have completed in about 3 hours.

First Workunit: April, 2014

Computer Make/Model: HP Pavilion 15n-255w laptop

Processor: AMD A10-5745M quad-core 2.1 Ghz

Memory: 8 Gb (1 Dimm) DDR3 1333 Mhz

Hard Drive: 750 Gb 5400 RPM

Video: ATI Radeon 8610G integrated on die

Networking: 802.11n wireless | 10/100 ethernet

Internet Connection: 24mbps dl/5mbps ul AT/T U-Verse
Retired System: SETI@Home Enhanced v6.03 work units have completed between 2 1/2 to 10 hours. The memory was upgraded from 3 Gb to 4Gb with matching model numbers to take advantage of dual-channel capability.

First Workunit: June 20, 2011

Computer Make/Model: Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5048 laptop

Processor: AMD Athlon II P320 dual-core 2.1 Ghz

Memory: 4 Gb (2Gb + 2Gb) Dual-Channel DDR3 PC3-1066 Mhz

Hard Drive: 320 Gb 5400 RPM

Video Card: ATI Radeon 4250 on-board shared ram

Networking: 802.11n wireless / Gigabit ethernet

Internet Connection: 12Mb dl/1.5Mb ul AT/T U-Verse

3DMark Score: 2006: 1767
Retired System: This machine was inherited from my wife's fathers estate. The video card was upgraded from integrated Nvidia 6100 LE graphics. The memory was upgraded from 512Mb. An Enhanced Seti CUDA unit took from 1 minute 30 seconds to 1 hour 40 minutes. Before the video card upgrade an Enhanced work unit (non CUDA) took anywhere from 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours. The first two Astropulse units have taken 117 and 201 hours.

Date Inherited: January 2009

Date Purchased: November 2006

Processor: AMD Athlon 3500, 2.20 Ghz

Computer Make/Model: Compaq Presario SR2020NX (On-board: Gigabit Ethernet)

Memory: PNY 2 Gb (2x1Gb) PC2 4200 (533mhz)

Hard Drive: 160gb (8mb cache)

Video: MSI Nvidia 9600 GT low power consumption (40% less than standard 9600 GT)

Internet Connection: 15mb dl/768k ul Comcast Cable modem

3DMark Scores: 2006: 5764 2005: 10672 2003: 27056
Retired System: Returned about 14 Seti Classic work units a day, and a BOINC Seti work unit in about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Did an Enhanced work unit in anywhere from 7 to 11 hours. This system died in November 2007 and was not replaced until January 2009 due to me splitting my time between college, work, getting married, and the sickness and eventual death of my father-in-law.

Date built: August 2003

Processor: Pentium 4 2.8c ghz hyperthreaded 800mhz fsb

Motherboard: ASUS P4P800 (On-board: Raid, 5.1 Surround, Gigabit Ethernet)

Memory: Crucial 1GB (2x512mb) PC3200 (400mhz) dual channel

Hard Drives: Seagate 160gb (2x80gb - raid 0, 2x8mb cache)

Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 PRO (AGP 8x)

Internet Connection: 15mb dl/768k ul Comcast Cable modem

3DMark Scores: 2005: 1319 2003: 3388
Retired system: Returned 6 Seti Classic work units a day.

Date built: March 2002

Processor: AMD Atlon XP 1.47ghz 1700

Motherboard: SOYO Dragon Platinum

Memory: Crucial 768mb(3x256mb) PC2100 DDR

Hard Drives: Western Digital 160gb(2x80gb - Raid 0, 2x2mb cache)

Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 3 TI-200 (AGP 4x)

Internet Connection: 1.5mb dl/256k ul AT-T Cable modem

3DMark Scores: 2003: 975 2001: 7099
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
The possiblity that other life exists is too good a thing to pass up looking for. I would think you might need just the right mixture to create life but this could be somewhat varied.

It would be awesome to find that there are other variables besides Earths that create intelligent life. Maybe other beings have a higher tolerance for heat or cold or could survive on less oxygen than us. This would cause them to need Space suits to come to this planet which would seem strange.

Even though we process a very small area of the radio spectrum this is at least a beginning. Seti@Home is probably a life long maybe even multigenerational project just like much of science has been. The possibility always exists that we will find ETI, I would not run it if I did not think so, but maybe not in any of our life times.
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