Profile: TheInternal


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Personal background
I'm a current undergrad student working on a degree in advertising (though I'm considering changing my degree). I'm a student at UNT and NCTC. My first degree is an associates of applied science in Digital Media Design. I grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas, which is about an hour south of Houston.
In my free time, I often like to write, ponder, come up with grandiose theories about philosophy and social change, make music, make poor attempts to impress women, try to improve myself and eliminate negative thought processes, play around with Battlefield 2, Unreal Tournament 2004, Warcraft III, and other diversions.
I'm also a bit of a hardware geek. I recently rebuild my computer in an Antec P180b midtower case and dubbed it "Monolith" due to it's sleek black monolithic appearance, and very quiet operation.
The AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+ processor is Scythe Ninja'd, the dual XFX 7950 GT Extremes in SLI come stock with passive heat sinks, and the MSI Neo 4 Platinum SLI motherboard chipset is passively cooled with a spiky Zalmann cooler. With three 120 mm case fans on the low setting and my drives being the only generators of noise, I can leave good 'ol Mono on 24/7 in my bedroom and still be able to sleep.
I also am able to do almost all my daily stuff with BOINC set to 100% processor utilization on both cores. Recording two TV shows while surfing the net while IMing is usually quite stable, as is watching a DVD or listening to some music. About the only time I kill BOINC and related apps is when I feel like playing some games or need to restart my system after installing updates or a new program.
Monolith is a little finicky on startup due to Windows XP's finicky IRQ assigning, but once it gets up and running, it's quite pleasant and smoothe.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I'm a big supporter of incorporating and improving the usage of computers and technology in our daily lives, both for the individual and for society, hence my running BOINC nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Although I think searching for radio transmissions may not be the most practical way to hear ET's, it's still a step in the right direction.
Laser telescopy or the next generations of communication technology may hold more possibilities for actually finding them, but I'm not sure how practical it would be to implement those technologies into the SETI program.
I also like to use it as a test of my computer's power by comparing my BOINC scores to other's. I'm apparantly in the top 30,000 users in the world based on daily average. Wooters.
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