I am an honorably discharged disabled veteran of the United States Air Force. I've lived Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, and Georgia -- in the United States of America -- and now I live in The Netherlands.
I have retired all but one of my computers. I have a Dell Inspiron 6000, with a Pentium M, 1.86GHz, and 1GB RAM. My other machines were energy hogs, and financial constraints forced them into SETI@Home retirement. But the story has a happy ending: Now they're running Linux, and they've found new homes -- and it's all thanks to these guys:
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Q: Why do I run SETI@Home?
A: I love science. This project lets me contribute to scientific exploration--which otherwise I feel I'd be unable to do.
Q: What are my views about the project?
A: I believe that it is almost impossible for intelligent ET life not to exist.
Here is why:
Through advances in telescope technology, a significant number of planets have been spotted around stars in our own Milky Way galaxy, where previously it was thought there was none. In addition, data from Hubble showed vast multitudes of newly discovered galaxies. If the percentages hold true between our galaxy and others, this represents a whole lot of planets--exponentially more--than anyone would have expected even as recently as twenty five years ago. Bottom line: More planets equal more places for intelligent life to have developed.
The odds are overwhelming, (in my opinion) that somewhere, either within all we've discovered so far, or within so much of what we have yet to find, that there must be intelligent ET life out there.
Q: Any suggestions?
A: See my various message board posts. I might have made one or two!