|I am Paul Sullivan, 57, from just north of SETI@home's home base. (U.C. Berkeley)|
I am a truck driver (class A) and photographer.
My hobbies are home computing, home computer building, amateur radio, woodworking, short wave listening, and photography. Oh, and I am a Monty Python fan, in case you hadn't noticed!
Main (and fastest...) computer is a home-built AMD x3 455 triple core CPU (but all 4 cores work...) running at 3.41 Ghz, 7 hard drives, (4 SCSI, 1 PATA, 2 SATA) 2 optical drives, (1 LG DVD Multirecorder Lightscribe, 1 CD-RW [usb]), with 4 Gb of ddr3 1333 memory. Motherboard is by Gigabyte. (880GA-UD3H) OS is Win XP Pro x64. There is a Nvidia 9500 GT video board for CUDA crunching. All but one of the SCSI drives, including a tape backup drive and the USB CD-RW, are external to the main computer. Also on or near the desk and plugged in to the main computer are a scanner, a stereo system, and a VHS player. (none used for BOINC...) This system is currently dead, as I moved it, and the SCSI drives refuse to work correctly in the new location...
Next fastest computer: a home-built Inte£ Q9300 2.5 Ghz Cor€ 2 Quad, Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G mb, with 4 Gb DDR2-800 RAM, 320Gb, 2Tb, and a 1Tb SATA hard drives, Nvidia GT 660 1Gb video board (running CUDA), Sony DVD±RW,LG Blu-Ray writer, Win XP pro x64 dual booting Win 7 Home Premium (x64) This is an overclocked CPU, currently (at times...) running at 2.70 Ghz. It has a very large Zalman heatsink/fan. This computer's crunch power is around 2400 credits/day with stock app at stock clock, not counting CUDA credits. The video board is also slightly overclocked. An upgrade (a Q9550...) has been purchased and is in transit...
There is another (found) computer (Dell P€ntium-4 3.0Ghz HT), OS is Win XP Pro, 60 Gb hard drive, CD-rom, DVD±RW (transferred from my main computer when the Lightscribe went in...), 2 Gb ram. Crunch power is about 450 to 500 Credits/day.
I aquired my father's computer, after he terminated internet service and is no longer able to get to it, due to advancing old age. (his computer room was in his basement, my old darkroom...) A Compaq CX5000 series with a Athlon X2 215 dual-core, a 500Gb hard drive, 3 GB main memory and a Lightscribe DVD multicorder. Upgrades to this computer will be coming - a CUDA-capable display adapter, and a faster CPU with more cores. (a Phenom II X4 955 or a Phenom X6 1055 are possibilities, as is another HD and more memory...)
My laptop, used on the road, is a Toshiba C655D, running an AMD C50 Dual core at 1 Ghz, with 3Gb main storage. Its video board is running an ATI chipset (an ATI 47??)(I've installed Alex Kann's optimized apps, for both the CPU AND the ATI video...) This was bought for not a lot of money (~$350US) when I was still fairly broke...
All the above computers are networked, (laptop when home...) sharing a Motorola cable modem, (along with file and printer sharing) through a Linksys router and a Trendnet switch. Backups are archived on the Q9300's 1 Tb hard drive.
Printers: an inkjet [13x19 capable], one laser [with duplexer] and another letter size inkjet strictly for photo printing, all networked and available for printing on any of the four computers.
You really don't want to see what's in back of (and between) the computers, which is a computer engineer's nightmare (particularly the power cords!) - with nothin' labeled, yet! :-)
picture taken 10/11
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|I think, with the "billions and billions" (Carl Sagan) of stars in the Milky Way, not to mention the other galaxies, there have got to be other intelligence(s) out there - and if we are the best the creator can do, then he/she/it is not as omnipotent as some of us claim... :-)|
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