I'm an IT Professional by trade, and have been donating CPU time to the SETI@Home project for several years. Initially, we had 65 OS9 Macs cranking away at an advertising firm in San Francisco. Now I'm working in the office of a construction firm here in Prescott, AZ where we've got about 20 OSX-based Macs all crunching away. I'm forty-four years old, a longstranding Mac enthusiast and amateur space buff. Also a binocular-based astronomer -- an expert comet and satellite spotter.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Personally, I think that we're not alone in this universe, but we're probably so far away in time from other nearby civilizations that contact is unlikely. But hey -- it only has to happen once and it would be quite amazing!! The creation of the universe itself was an extremely unlikely event, and just look at what a single occurrence wrought....
I'm looking forward to using the new BOINC client and will fully switch our machines over once I've computed 5,000 classic workunits. I've noticed that the SETI@Home classic server sometimes lets our machines go idle. I'm looking forward to splitting our CPU resources across a number of worthy scientific computing projects to make best use of our systems.