I'm a 66 year old "Senior Software Development Engineer" (programmer) from Lincoln, NE USA. Being from Nebraska, I'm a huge Husker football fan. Other hobbies include fishing, camping and computers.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Ever since I watched my first Star Trek episode during my freshman year of college I've been fascinated by the thought of alien life and want to do whatever I can to aid the search.
I'm afraid that finding ET by radio telescopes is somewhat unlikely though, since the signals would probably have to be sent by a civilization during a narrow window of its history, travel perhaps thousands of years and then reach earth while we're listening for them.
Just as with smoke signals, radio waves will likely be used for communication --by any civilization -- only until something better comes along. What that better thing is or how long it takes to develop is anyone's guess.
That being said, I can't think of anything I'd rather have my computers do in their spare time than look for ET.