I'm from Eagle Creek, Oregon. I retired from my career as a Navigator/WSO in the the USAF after 20 years and became a mainframe computer programmer for 18 years. From 2006 t0 2009 I was a school bus driver. I am 70 years old. I have a wonderful wife and four grown kids, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. My hobbies are computers(I have 11), hunting, and fishing. I started with SETI@home on Jun 22,1999 using the screen-saver. After several months, my youngest son suggested that we use the command-line version and we hooked up his computer as well. Over the years, as I built a new computer to replace my older, slower one, I couldn't bear to throw the old one away. I would add it to my network, running SETI@home. I used SetiQueue in conjunction with SetiSpy to handle everything. Toward the end, we were averaging in the neighborhood of 60 units per day. I was reluctant to switch over to BOINC because of the ability of SetiQueue to keep a good supply of units to process on hand, and to handle the upload of results at one time each day. During the last few days of Nov 2005, it became impossible for SetiQueue to upload results. They were being rejected as duplicate returns. I decided it was time to switch to BOINC, and here I am. My youngest son, my brother, one of my granddaughters, and two of my weekly poker playing buddies are all running BOINC SETI@HOME for me as well. I also devote about 1/2 of my own computers time to Einstein@Home.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@home because I believe in the project.
I believe that BOINC is a good way to upgrade the system and to be able to offer the computer power of the computer owning community to other worthy projects as well. I find that the low priority of BOINC running in the background has no effect on my ability to run it full time while continuing to do anything else that I want to do on my computer at the same time. The only time that SETI has had any effect on my computer was when Symantic Antivirus Corporate Edition tried to do a system scan while SETi was running. I finally found out how to reset the priority within S.A.C.E to a level higher than SETI. No more problems.