I'm a 41 year old norwegian.
I work as an IT Advisor with primary experience in operating large mail solutions (Exchange and Lotus Notes).
I have been interested in space, spacetravel and astronomy since I was a little child. So participating in the SETI@Home was a very natural thing to do.
You can read all about me and my interest at my homwepage: http://www.sulebust.com
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I do certanely believe in the possibility of Extra-Terrestrial life.
When looking up at the night-sky knowing that all the stars that I can see are only a small fraction of the Universe, It would seem a very big waste of space if there are nobody else out there.
I realise that the possibility to find any ET's by listening to the sky is like the worst possible "needle in the haystack" scenario but one place you have to start. The greatest discoveries of our civilization has always begun with a dream or an idea of something impossible.
The idea of connecting private PC's into the worlds largest super-computer is excellent. If it turns out that we do not find anything, I still think that all the efforts has been worth every computer-cycle, just for creating the interest and facination and awareness of space with computer-users all over the world.
Like it or not, we have already been broadcasting our precense for many years, from the earlies radio transmission to todays satellite and TV broadcasts. If it really exists ET's out there who are capable of tracking us down it is hardly anything we could do about it. And think of the consequences if we really managed to detect a signal. Probalby the source of the signal would be so far away that it has no practical meaning, but just imagine what it would mean to the way we look at ourselves and our society. I think we would experience a much greater feeling of unity on our planet.