Profile: simon

Personal background
Hey there,

My name is Simon Kongshoj, I'm 21 years old, and I live in Aalborg, Denmark. I study computer science at Aalborg University.

I am mainly a coder, mainly in the demo scene, but I also dabble in graphics, networking, Linux administration and a lot more. I'm more or less a geek of all trades, at least when it comes to computers. Apart from writing code and talking to myself, my interests include Aikido, role-playing games and fantasy / sci-fi litterature.

I like all kinds of music, all the way from heavy metal to death metal.

The box I have hooked up to SETI@Home is my development and graphics workstation, which has dual 600 MHz Pentium IIIs running on an Intel i840 chipset. A nice if somewhat aged machine.

My email address is . If you'd like to mail me, leave out the _NOSPAM_ bit and you're set to go. I hate having to do this, but I also hate receiving spam.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Do I think extraterrestrial life exists? Yes. Why? Because of the huge number of stars we know about, I think it's improbable that only Sol has planets, or that only Sol has one with life. Whether such life is anything like what we know is a completely different question, though.

I have absolutely no idea when, how or even if humans would ever discover such life. The SETI project attempts to make such a discovery by looking for radio waves, although we have no idea if extraterrestrial life would use radio for communication. Because of the distances in space, it's unlikely we would ever encounter an alien species discovered using radio either: Remember that signals we receive now may be millions of years old.

Transmitting a beacon for other lifeforms to find faces the same problem -- if such a signal is received, it may be millions of years from now, and humans probably won't be around at that time anyway -- at least not in a form recognizable as human.

So why do I run this? Because I think it is an interesting experiment in distributed computing, a field of computing theory and practice that fascinates me.
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