Profile: Clyde C. Phillips, III

Personal background
I'm retired, was born in 1944, and have replaced my 1999 Pentium III 450MHz with two CyberPowers with Pentium D950s. I chose the more expensive Asus P5WD2-E motherboards but just the default (but 1GB) Corsair Value Select DDR2-667, two sticks per machine. Later I found that the CAS latency is a lousy 5; don't know how much that slows. I also chose the in-case $60 watercoolers (include extra fans). I used the configurator there and had to do extra stuff to get what I wanted. Updated June 5, 2006. Picture taken in June 2004. It's distorted with vertical magnification. Update January 24, 2007: One watercooler on one machine started leaking in mid-2006 and that machine had to be rebuilt. Downtime was almost two months. Version 2.0 of Simon Zadra's cruncher enables my machines to do about 1200 credits per 24 hours, about double that of the default cruncher last year. Connecting two machines to one monitor causes problems - I can't use native resolution with one machine. I can't use digital, have to use analog on the monitor. I disconnected the part which makes use of only one speaker set so I can use the subwoofer. Nobody at Best Buy ever told me of these problems.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
We may have to settle for a signal from a defunct society (if we are ever able to detect one that feeble) because I don't think that, within 50 light-years of us, there is much chance of there being a planet that supports intelligent life. Maybe there is something within the Milky Way (within 75,000 light-years). After all, a large galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars, a whole lot more than a few hundred or so. We need something more sensitive, to examine more frequencies, and to find a place almost free of terrestrial RFI.
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