Hello fellow E.T. enthusiasts! I was raised in the United States in the state of Michigan where I can recall my visits during the early 60s (my pre-teen years) to a place called "Camp Ozanam" located just off of the banks of vast and beautiful Lake Huron. Before the camp counselors called bedtime roll call, I could find myself gazing up at the seemingly endless night sky, wondering about the countless points of starlight and the possibilities of other inhabited planets. I would then contemplate how other intelligent man-like beings might perceive their view of this vast universe from their perspective if they truly existed...
I now reside in the state of Utah, where I sometimes peer into the darkened skies above the Wasatch Valley with my 6-inch refractor, still feeling the same youthful wonder and curiosity about extra-terrestrial life, and letting my imagination soar while I conjure up visions of standing on the surfaces of other inhabited planets with colors and views that sometimes become quite different and most beautiful, while attempting to compare the imagined features to the familiar ones that many interested observers like ourselves enjoy here from our view from planet Earth.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I discovered the SETI@Home program in September of 2002 while browsing the internet for a new screensaver and was quite surprised and delighted to find that everyday people may take part in the important task of helping to perform the enormous task of helping to analyze real space observatory data!
My astronomer skills are very limited, so I try to concentrate my efforts on an area that I have some control. My "SETI System" started out as spare parts from my Home-based Custom-built IBM-compatible PC/MS SOHO Networking Services business computer lab which consisted of an AMD K6-2/300Mhz processor-based PC with 64Mb SDRAM and a Seagate 2.1Gb HDD, and eventually evolved into an AMD Classic Athlon 900Mhz Slot-A processor-based system with 128Mb 10Ns SDRAM and a 4.2Gb WD DMA33 HDD with which I began to run data close to 24/7/365. The most recent upgrade has been to boost the processor to an AMD Athlon XP Thoroughbred 2Ghz Socket-A processor (purchased especially for the SETI PC) with a spare 256Mb PC2100 DIMM and an 8.4Gb WD UDMA66 HDD. My goal at this time is to eventually run dual dual Athlon MP 2Ghz processors with 1Gb of PC2700 DIMM memory and a Maxtor 30Gb UDMA100 HDD. CPU time now averages 4hrs for each packet which is a big change from the 35 hrs processing time needed with the 300Mhz PC setup, and future CPU time should benefit by 35-50% by those upgrades.
I hope that someday our team may "strike gold" and E.T. is discovered! Hopefully our first encounter will be with peaceful beings. Of course, just as we humans have our destructive capabilities, logic tells us that other beings out there may have the same types of detriments as we ourselves posess.
My entusiastic THANKS! goes out to the SETI program team for creating this outlet for all E.T.enthusiast's yearnings for confirmation of extra-terrestrial life. So finally, I wish all the best to the main SETI team and all of the SETI@Home program participants, and THE BEST OF LUCK! in our common quest to discover intelligent extra-terrestrial life!!!