Profile: RockDoctor

Personal background
Bit of a nerd.
In Perth after being laid off.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I've been into distributed computing since the PiHex project which calculated the quadrillionth bit of Pi. Plenty nerdish enough - and it was before I even had a phone line - I'd take my laptop into the office to return results and collect work slices when I took in my expenses.
Later, when I'd set up a workable Internet connection (2 hour time chunks over a 56kbps modem, with which I could auto-dial). I did a few hundred thousand SETI work units then, but I dropped that (home, connectivity, SETI when I went to stay with family after a month of several times-a-week burglaries, and never got back into it until recently. I also did a large chunk of Climate@Home at the same time. That was a climate modelling system which was one of the very early instances of the BOINC architecture for generalised distributed computing. I've noticed that in intervening years things like the LHC and it's empowering "Grid" computing have also benefited significantly from the administrivial discoveries of BOINC, but on "bigger iron".

Around the time I returned to Scotland, I was half of setting up the Aberdeen Linux Users group, which is still trundling along, with it's descendent the 57North Hacklab. At this particular moment, I'm working on a Win10 Laptop, but that's a very temporary thing. When I repair the cracked case on my Ubuntu laptop, that'll be back into process. I've finally got my files onto a NAS, so after some de-duping (some!) the machine's will be sharing an identity.

I'm also a member of the Francophone SETI, just for giggles. I go to the Perth Conversational French club most weeks, which significantly pre-dates the lunacy of Brexit. Ich lerne die Deutsch langsamlich. Я говору ьалинки Русскию. Ninajifunza Kiswahili.
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