I'm a retired ('02) computer professional from Cat, Inc. in Peoria, IL. I'm a long-time Radio Amateur (K9MFI - 1958), Boy Scout volunteer ('86), and Pinewood Derby enthusiast. With those as hobbies, any new hobby (like SETI@HOME) must not take much more of my time ... let the computer do it!
SETI@HOME is great! It helped me justify getting a faster computer. My old 0.075GHz PC ran some applications fast enough, but ...
Running SETI@HOME on a mixture of hardware, including (until summer of 2007) an old Pentium II. It has gone to live with my son now.
I installed BOINC early on (userid=30110 and earliest hostid=10130), but did not start running it seriously until the SETI/Classic Data Servers were shut down. I've experimented with various mixes of applications, but I prefer to focus on SETI.
My contribution to the SETI/Classic "crunching community" was a set of tables maintained at http://members.aol.com/standcmr/setipage.htm which showed how the community of data crunchers were pushing the envelopes. The tables show how benchmark percentiles and ranks change over time. The page included a "computer" to project individual attainment of those benchmark levels. I have not tried to update this process to BOINC.
SETI@home User of the Day: 3 Jan 2015 ... with thanks.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
ETI is probably "out there." If ETI is within reach, I want to know about it.
The SETI@HOME project is among the most cost efficient scientific endeavors I've seen. (As an avid reader of Scientific American magazine for 45 years, I've tracked a lot of science.) With its strategy of piggy-backing on otherwise expensive resources, it uses the left-overs that would otherwise be wasted. It makes a scrounger's heart proud! A CPU cycle or signal reflected off the Arecibo dish, left uncaptured, can never be reclaimed.
Now, about those other radiotelescopes ... And, I wonder if Microsoft would bundle SETI@HOME?