Profile: Flash Flint

Personal background
My name is Mark Flint and I'm from England. I'm 38, married, a Sales Manager for a large software company although my background is technical -- I was a developer in a previous life.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@Home because you never know what is out there - I believe that we are not alone in this vast universe and SETI might just find proof.

I also run SETI@Home because it makes use of the trillions of unused computer cycles made in between typed keystrokes or whilst I step away from the keyboard. I'm glad to donate these cycles to SETI@Home.

I've recently switched to the BOINC version which was incredibly painful. I presume a large majority of users of SETI Classic (i.e. a million or more) are simple home or office users running a Windows environment. The QA of the BOINC version leaves a lot to be desired with respect to this group of users. They are a valuable resource and the lack of a smooth automated migration will mean a lot of the resource is lost, possibly forever. So my suggestion is to spend some effort in getting the migration automated and idiot proof for the standard Windows platform user.

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