I'm a web developer specializing in back-end dev, data integration, sys-admin and a handful of other disciplines. I live in SLC, Utah and am interested in astronomy and lots of other science fields. I'm pretty pedestrian in my understanding, but find it quite interesting. I'm stoked to be helping out with SETI@home!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Great project, it would be interesting to have a little more feedback about what our results specifically have helped achieve. I'm sure the majority of them are pretty insignificant, but it would be cool to know if our machines processed anything noteworthy.
BOINC interface is pretty solid, it's worked great thus far. I love the auto-pause function so it doesn't interfere with your ability to use your computer or require you to turn BOINC back on when you're finished. Definitely ups my compute cycles, I'm sure that was your intention. Well done there.
Option to not interfere with transfers during comp use would be cool. It's so low bandwidth I don't really care if it downloads while I'm checking my email. And I'm a geek and love watching the transfers haha :)
Screensaver kills my productivity on BOINC tasks. It seems to be very cpu and gpu intensive, though I don't have a great way to benchmark that with 1 screen. My machine will sometimes start the screensaver, and then stop b/c SETI detects high cpu usage and turns itself off. It always happens right when the first 3-d graph starts to render, it shuts off only to come back 5 mins later and do the same thing. Fiddling with settings seems to have solved it, but it would be nice if the two co-existed well without slowing down task work too much.
All in all a job well done! Let's find some aliens!!