Profile: Steve McKay

Personal background
I originally joined the Seti@Home program back in early 1997 when I connected my old 486DX266 to a Shaw@Home cable modem (It was the first of it's kind, colored white).

After running 100% load on my hand built system, it started overheating and crashed repeatedly. I also was huge gamer back then so I had to opt out of SETI.

So, here I am in 2014 running my system 24/7 in an attempt to make up for lost time :).

I like to ride my 2001 Honda VFR800FI Street Bike. I also enjoy camping a lot.

My background is in I.T. I've been doing this role for 16 years now and currently work as a Network Administrator for my company.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@Home because I believe that we cannot be alone in the universe. It's simply TOO vast! With enough computing power, together we all may have a chance to make contact with another society much like us.

I want to personally thank the creators of SETI@Home for coming up with the most amazing idea of decentralized collaborative computing back in a time when the Internet was in it's infancy and people were just starting to connect to broadband.

My future outlook is Earth's wealthiest countries pool their resources and launch a quantum computer probe that can take advantage of the coldness of space to help cool it. An expandable collector dish could then be deployed that could listen for signals as it travels out of our solar system, crunch the data fast (minutes) and then send only a positive result back to earth.

This sounds incredulous, but just think, if you told someone back in the 60s, an oven could reheat spaghetti in 1 minute they would also say "That's impossible!". Microwave Ovens are now everywhere. Never say never.
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