Profile: Jim-R.

Personal background
I liveI live in North Carolina, on the east coast of the United States. I\\'m 51 years old. I might be considered a \\"jack of all trades\\", since I have been a professional automotive mechanic, electronic repair technician, and machinist, plus I have also been involved in many aspects of textile manufacturing, from narrow fabric weaving to supervisory and plant maintenance positions.
I am a licensed radio amateur (ham radio operator) callsign KF4DCF, a certified scuba diver, and I also enjoy camping and fishing, and until a short while ago (when someone broke into my house and stole my telescope) I was an avid amateur astronomer. Even now I love to get outside even on the coldest nights to watch meteor showers.
I also enjoy working with computers. I love taking old unwanted computers and giving them new life. I worked with a local "freenet" a few years ago as the "Helpdesk" and they rewarded me by giving me several truckloads of older computer systems that were donated to them but they couldn't use. I repaired them and set up educational and game computers for kids. I had a few with network cards that I set up at home as terminals into my main computer. I would run a networked multiplayer text adventure game and would get a bunch of kids together playing it. I had a few of them that had reading problems and this was a way for them to practice their reading while they all had fun playing a fun game with other kids.
I just wish, now that I'm involved with SETI, that all those computers hadn't been 88's and 286's. Imagine what a "farm" I could have set up with three truckloads of crunchers!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I have always wanted to talk to little green men! Haha.
Seriously, I\\'ve always wondered that since there are so many stars in the universe, are we the only intelligent life around any of those stars. I have been a follower of seti since my earliest childhood. Now I have the possibility to actually contribute something to the search.
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