Profile: Gerry Michaud

Personal background
My name is Gerry and I'm from East Hartford, Ct. I'm over forty (let's leave it at that ;-) and work for a major IT outsourcing company. I enjoy biking and hiking, and I'm working on my BS in computer science. I'll get there some day.

I found out about SETI@HOME by accident almost on the day it went production. I signed up immediately! What a great idea. I knew it would be a hit, but who would have thought it would become this popular? I guess the general public has more interest in finding life outside Earth than anyone realized.

I run SETI on my home computers as well as on several lab systems at work. I get to play with some of the latest desktop PCs and workstation and, in addition to helping the project, the SETI command line program helps me benchmark and stress test new configurations. I've actually run 110 instances of SETI on a 1.7 GHz dual CPU workstation with 2GB of memory! It worked surprisingly well. Don't try that @home!

The picture is of me on Lions Head mountain, a good hike in northwest Ct.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think there MUST be other life out there, somewhere. There are just too many other solar systems...planets...galaxies... Our existence can't be a fluke. As explorers, we have to look for that life. I don't know what we'll be able to do if we find it, but just knowing would be an incredible revelation.

I think we should also be sending messages out to the heavens. Chances are, by the time anyone out there hears us and sends a reply, we'll be gone. But, for all our faults, humanity is worth remembering. It would be nice to know that long after we're gone, someone will know that we were here once, on a planet called Earth, near a star called Sol, in a galaxy called the Milky Way...

The next time you look up at the stars, just think...there might be someone looking back! Wave.
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