Profile: Stan Pope

Personal background
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 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?
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