Profile: Steve Root


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Personal background
I was born in 1976 and I own/run a small kitchen company based in Kent in the south east of England. I have a wife and two children. My favourite hobby before i started the kitchen company was flying light aircraft, but I have had to stop while i grow the business (www.rootskitchens.co.uk).
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
<strong>Why do I run SETI? </strong>
It is running on a server which we keep off site. We send data backups to the server over a wireless network. The server is converted desktop from the Mid 1990's (1994 i think), Pentium 200mhz (yep, one of the early Pentiums), a seemingly tiny 32mb Ram but with an enourmous IDE hard disk to store backups. It runs on "Trustix Secure Linux" (a small, efficient OS for servers, running only the essential services with no bloat). As the server is on all day waiting for the overnight backup it seems a shame for it not to be doing something useful. I originally had the SETI program as the screen saver on my first PC for the new business, although as the business grew I stopped using it as the (now numerous) PC's are kept purely for work programes to minimise the chance of anything going wrong with them (a.k.a. if it works, don't tinker with it!)

<strong>But is there life out there? </strong>
I think there is life out there (the universe is a big place and I'm sure we can't be the only place that has life). What I'm not sure of is what form that life will take. While I expect our first contact will be with other intelligent, technology based life, I can also foresee the discovery of a planet with only bacterial life (is bacteria alive?).
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