Despite being a relatively young, feisty buck of 34, I've been reading sci-fi for most of my life.
I found out about this project through one of the database gurus at work and I thought I'd enjoy a parasitic computing project like this.
I suppose that I'm like the rest of the folks who are partaking in this project: I believe this is a neat thing to do, I believe in other life forms and simply want to help.
Armed with 2 P2-400's and a P4-2.4, I'm slowly grinding my way through the data and really, really dig the colors! To be sure, they appeal to my Grateful Dead color tastes...nice work!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think other life exists, but I'm not sure that we're searching for it in the right way.
I believe that while there may be other planet-bound life forms out there, we have a better chance of looking for those that already travel.
To travel these great distances, and with our current understanding of how mass moves, we really should be looking for signals in the light spectrums, such as UV.
As far as what we should be sending out to others, if radio waves are detectable by others, we do plenty just by existing. If not, then I'd wager that light signals would be better.