Was a bit bored at work so I thought I would write up my profile on seti@home. I have been part of the seti@home project on off for a while now, but only lately have a dedicated serious cpu time to the search. I have three computers running 24/7 (2x800mhz P3s and a 600mhz Athalon) processing data.
I was born in Perth and lived there for the majority of my life. Work as a Web Designer/Developer lead me to Sydney where I am now based. If you ever get a chance try to get to Sydney, its a beautiful place and alot of fun.
Being a designer and also a programmer leads to some confused looks from some people (especially the pure software engineers) but I believe it gives me the edge in creativity.
Anyways, get out there and keep looking! You never know, we could find nothing which would make us VERY special in the universe (and therefore we should look after ourselves a bit better) or we could find a multitude of life, which would be even more exciting!
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
My interest in the SETI project was really boosted after reading Carl Sagan's book : Contact. Fantastic. Don't give me the 'Ive seen the movie' speil. Its completely different and much more interesting. Anyways, it wove such a details story of the search and the ramifications of actually finding evidence of life else where in the universe that I just wanted to become part of it. Seti@home was the answer.
Seti@home is very interesting in many ways:
The search itself is entertaining and intriquing
The system (using distributed processing) is very interesting in that it is technically amazing and also mind boggling when you think of the PC power out there NOT being used.
I hope we do find something, and I hope I am around to see it