Profile: RDC

Personal background
I'm a long time number cruncher for SETI@home. I started out in 1999 with an old 1.x version of SaH and an old 100 MHz computer that took close to 100 hours to complete a single work unit. I probably still have the original SaH program I downloaded on a zip disk somewhere in my mess. It's much faster today even though my 1200 MHz computer is considered obsolete by todays standards. :)

I moved over from Classic to BOINC in 2004 and now also do some crunching for Einstein@home, Predictor@home, Rosetta@home and many others in addition to my continual participation in the SETI@home project.

My main interest is in public transit operations, both road and back room operations. I like comedies, especially the English variety such as Red Dwarf and Blackadder. I'm of the type that believes in technology but that much of it is rushed in before it is truly ready for general use.

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do believe that there is life somewhere out there. Where it is we may never know for a long time yet but unless we start looking, we can never be sure. I became interested in the possibility of life elsewhere from watching the original Cosmos series on TV. While I never thought I could help in the search for extraterrestrial life, the Seti@home project has given me the opportunity to assist, even if only in a very small way.

I do sometimes question what other civilizations out there will think of our civilization (or lack thereof) on Earth. I also sometimes question what we will think of the other civilizations. They say the grass is always greener on the other side but then again, that saying is often wrong...

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