Profile: unixman

Personal background
I live and work in Pretoria, South Africa, and I am currently employed as an IT Consultant/administrator for a company writing financial systems in the RTGS arena.

My IT background includes administration and operations work on mainframes (IBM/Hitachi 390 series), UNIX (SCO/SUN/HP/DG) and Netware (3.x, 4.x) as well as a bit of Oracle DBA work... How fast can you make a Oracle database disappear if you zap it's shared memory on a *NIX server ;-)

I like to read (fiction/SCI-FI) and when I make time, to spend it outdoor and appreciate nature.

When my budget and holiday leave support it, I have a habit of traveling and backpacking. This way I have toured through the USA/Canada for 3 months as well as Western Europe up to Greece. I enjoy meeting new people and spending some time with them.

My congratulations on the people at SETI@home to use all the CPU power out there, and to the SETI community to support them. Remember even before those “I-want-something” P2P share networks like Napster, Kazaa, etc. went online (they are all necessary, don’t misunderstand me), SETI@home “lets-give-something” was already there…

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1.) Yes, I think extraterrestrial life forms exist. I think we have already through the ages discovered it, "if we could not understand it we could have thought it was magic or mystical." For humanity the benefits could be endless... knowledge is power (good or bad), that is also the danger. Yes, I do think there has been confirmed contact between humans and extraterrestrial life forms that are (for whatever reason) kept quit or suppressed by governments. (No, I don’t dwindle on all those conspiracy theories.)

2.) I think we should transmit a beacon... although what we will send, I do not know. In all the space-contact type movies through the years, the one scene I waited for was the one where you see "what" was included in the craft going out, or in the message being send. The other question is, we as this small green-blue planet, do we really want to broadcast our location while we are still at the start of our own space travel?

3.) I run SETI@home because I believe there are answers out there for which we have the questions here on earth. I think the project is worthwhile, why else would I tunnel my own firewall to update SETI@home data ;)

Good luck.
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