Hi! I'm 34 years old engineer from Finland, currently employed by Nokia! I have been interested in astronomy since kid, and shifted this hobby into high gear about a year ago when I joined the local astronomy club and purchased a telescope (8 inch SCT by Celestron). My dream has been also for a long time to join Seti@home, but unfortunately my employer has decided to disable the ability to run the software in the work PC. Now, finally, we have purchased a powerful home PC with a broadband internet connection, and one of my first things was to join SETI - and also Planetary Society while I was at it!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think the work SETI is doing is very important, and I strongly believe that intelligent extraterrestrial life exists. Finding a signal is possibly the best way to detect intelligent life; non-intelligent life may be detected indirectly from exoplanet atmospheres or from e.g. Martian soil. There may be no direct benefits from such a discovery, but emotionally its impact can't be denied - it really redefines our place in the universe. I think it might also be interesting to send a beacon signal ourselves, with similar information as in the discs within Voyager spacecraft. I run SETI@home to provide my humble contribution to this scientific project - partly as I can't provide same level of service in the observational astronomy, and partly also because it is my way of paying respect to my great idol, late Carl Sagan.