Currently a member of the SETI.USA team, I was born in 1977. I have been programming computers from an early age. I helped my father create a 512Kb memory bank in our garage in the early 80's. Later in 1983 - 1987, I was involved in the Apple computer club. We modified the early Apple IIe's and offered free techsupport throughout Oklahoma to Apple users.
Today after attending college, I am a Visual Studio .Net developer with a focus on distributed software projects. I pride myself on transforming complex, poorly designed, multiple gigabyte database dinosaurs into tame manageable systems that are used by dozens of people simultaneously.
I use my participation in distributed computing to advance my hardware knowledge and find new system configurations that can help my clients. For example learning that Intel's off chip memory controller drastically affects memory bandwidth my company recently moved it's production SQL Servers to AMD based servers.
Finally, my core cluster is a box fan computer case that I built. Inside are two computers and a 20"x20" box fan to circulate air. Two air filters sit on the bottom of the table to filter air in room and create a clean room environment for the computers.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1. I run SETI@home because it is the only skill I have that can directly affect our push to space.
2. My views on the SETI@home project are that it is 75% focused on data aquistion and 25% focused on analysis. If more effort was focused on analysis of the already compiled data, such as publishing it and making it widely available, the scientific community could find patterns that would point to the success or lack thereof of the current project.