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 Linux desktop machine that I use for BOINC, working remotely, and as a backup server for other computers in the household.
I currently have 6 computers working on BOINC projects to some degree:
- Self-built desktop Linux machine
- An old DELL laptop running Linux
- LENOVO laptop running Windows
- Surface 3 tablet running Windows
- 2 Raspberry Pi's running Linux
These machines are working on a mix of SETI, LHC, Rosetta, Einstein, GPUGRID, Milkyway 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.