Profile: Nicholas Mitchell

Personal background
I am located in the US, in New York. I first became interested in computers in junior high school where I joined the computer club and learned to program in BASIC on a Commodore PET computer and through the school's time sharing on a DEC PDP-11 mini computer (using punch cards). I pursued my interest in computers and obtained a B.S. in Computer Science in 1987. Since then I have worked in software development. Although I've owned a variety of computers over the years, it was only in 2016 that I became interested in building my own computer. I wanted to practice Linux at home so I obtained a Raspberry Pi and it spurred my interest in computer hardware. Since then I have put together a modest Windows desktop machine that I use for BOINC, working remotely, gaming, and as a backup server and print server for other computers in the household.

I have 6 computers working on BOINC projects to some degree:
- Self-built desktop Windows machine (BOINC 24x7, when not in use)
- 2 Family laptops running Windows (BOINC evening hours only, when not in use)
- Surface tablet running Windows (BOINC 24x7, when not in use)
- 2 Raspberry Pi's running Linux (BOINC 24x7, dedicated to BOINC)

These machines are working on a mix of SETI, LHC, Rosetta, Einstein, and World Community Grid tasks.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I have always had a keen interest in science and its nice to think that I am contributing to scientific research in some small way by contributing excess computer power to this effort.
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