Profile: William Altheer

Personal background

My name is William, I was born in 1968 in Chile (you figure out my age). I now live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, together with my wife Anne and my son Nathan.

I am a systems designer at a Rotterdam based software house, where I've been employed since 1994. I have a bachelor degree in applied physics.

I sing in the choir of the Student Church in Rotterdam and I spent some time building websites in my spare time.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think Seti@home is great! As soon as I heard about the project I registered and installed the screen saver. Currently it is running on two PC's at home, my NT Workstation at work and about two UNIX servers.

To my humble opinion extraterrestrial life almost certainly exists. However, I don't know if we will find it. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack. But I think one sure way of NOT finding anything interesting is to not look, so I think it's great what SETI is doing.

The arguments of critics about the project are sound too, though. The chance of finding a meaningful signal in the EM range Seti@home is looking at may be just on the slim side. It is not unlikely that 'looking' at a higher frequency range, i.e. (laser)light, just might be more promising.

Well, we'll wait and see. At least the idea of possibly finding anything is very exciting.

Keep up the good work!
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