I graduated from college in 1980 with a BS in Electronic Engineering Technology, and went to work for Hewlett-Packard in field service. I worked there for 21 years installing and servicing HP-UX boxes, until one day I decided I had had enough of computers 24/7/365. So I quit. Now I still deal with computers 24/7 but they are my own! (currently administer 20) I live in Jackson, MS (have all my life) and enjoy traveling, cooking/eating, growing orchids and collecting. My current collections are stamps, (US, Thailand, Hong Kong), postcards of Jackson, MS and vintage HP equipment.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do think other intelligent exists, but don't think we will ever discover them. The universe is far to vast a place. Hell, this galaxy is far to vast a place. However, I enjoy the competition for credits within my team (Overclockers!) as well as the community at large. So much, in fact, that I build dedicated clients expressly for the purpose of running SETI. I originally built a SETI 'stack' (see my website) consisting of units 1-7. These units ran from ~2003-2008 and have all since been replaced with quad cores, units 1-14. Now its much cheaper to just buy GPU's and run SETI on these, so I'm adding these to the existing units 1-14. Some may think this is excessive and bordering on obsessive, but at least I'm not calculating prime numbers!