I'm from Las Vegas Nevada (Greetings from the high desert!) and got my start with classic seti@home when Art Bell was ruling the air waves in the late 90's/early 2000's. Even though he is gone (and I've been gone myself from Team Art Bell for a long time) Decided to jump back in and contribute to the group again.
Primarily my interest is the preservation of history. I administrate a few facebook groups for the defunct Riviera Hotel and Casino (See below for information on the primary equipment used for seti@home)
My family has a history in space, unfortunately many are deceased. Information left behind by my grandmother pointed to the fact she probably designed control boards that went into space for some of the probes (Voyager seems to be a possible one. Using fuzzy logic, found a company she worked for built a on board reactor for use in the probe, so some of her handiwork is still out there above our heads)
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Came to the project back when Art Bell dominated the air waves in the late 90's/early 2000's. Definitely slower computing power then today that's for sure! My primary workhouse is a Dell Optiplex 3020 purchased from the defunct Riviera Hotel and Casino. It was used by a food and beverage manager on property. Added a Nvidia Video card last year and recently rejoined the search after a very long absence. Secondary systems are a beater Lenovo laptop and my old Samsung Note 4 phone. Probably will put a old android tablet online also to process units. (These are both retired now. Note 4 battery swelled and the tablet was slow. Pretty dismal turnout so focused efforts elsewhere. Hopefully the new iOS can support seti@home, always wondered what my pro tablet can do)
I run seti@home to hopefully find proof out there of life not just on our planet. Maybe there are civilizations we never think would exist. Seen Zootopia? Who knows. Can't just all be two legged humans... I'm primarily driven by a interest in just what lays out there in the form of questions with no answers
Not sure a signal from a distant civilization will ever be found in my lifetime? It's hard to say. Would be nice, but seems the universe likes to withhold information until the last minute. Might be on my death bed and then the signal comes in?
Hopefully the project is helping find other data. Not too sure if any secondary data is gleaned from the hunt to find some distant civilization broadcasting a come visit message. Heck, we could find the signal is some distant planet that loves country music! Probably would make others run, but i'll take a trip and meet the interstellar DJ!