Profile: Beau Cox

Personal background
Hi -

I live and work (I'm a computer consultant) in downtown Honolulu. I joined SETI@home in August 2000, and have just passed the 6,000 WU mark (July 2002). I hope to make the "magic" 10,000 sometime this fall. I have five machines (named after my wife and pets: Cathy - dual Athlon 1.5 Ghz running W2K Server, Jeff - PIII !Ghz running W2K Pro, Hanako - Athlon 1.7Ghz running XP Pro, Rocky - Athlon 1.8 GHz running W2K Pro, and Tomoko - Athlon 1.4 GHz running RedHat 7.2. When I started I had just one machine, a PI 200MHz, and a version 3 WU took 100 hours. Now I'm averaging over 30 WU's per day at just over 5 hours per WU!

My wife thinks I'm crazy!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I am almost _sure_ extraterrestrial life exists. The numbers of stars in our galaxy alone make me think that conclusion is inevitable. I’m not sure a “beacon” announcing ourselves would be worthwhile with our current technology. The any signal powerful enough to go a worthwhile distance (>30 light years) would have to be very narrow, and hence we would not be able to cover much of the sky. I participate in SETI@home to help find other life, and because it’s fun!
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