I was born in 1984 in Estonia (Eastern Europe for people who dont know), so it makes me about 20 years old now. All my life I have been interested in science fiction and computers, so it was impossible for me to pass an opportunity to join Seti@home project. Currently I am studing infotechnology (with focus on hardware) at university, my main hobbies are naturally computer games and ofcourse other computer related stuff, by a weird chance also karate...
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I joined SETI@home a way back ago, because I thought it would be kind of cool to hunt for aliens. Now I have become to see the general benefits of distributed computing projects, as it gives me a chance to do something good with all the spare computing power I control.
Altough it is quite certain that alien life exists, in whatkind of a form it may have found, I doubt that we will find it anytime soon, maybe after a few thousand years we might have a chance, once we are finally able to crawl out of out solar system, because the space out there is WAY bigger than one human mind can ever begin to imagine.
Anyway, by risking to sound as an heretic, I suggest you to check out also some other distributed computing projects that might help us to understand ourselves and our surroundings better, so that we could have a chance to survive until we finally meet alien life. Google for climateprediction or predictor@home or check out other interesting projects that have joined BOINC.