Profile: SeriouslyWhoPaysAttentionToThisCrap

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  I'm a computer programmer for the United States Air Force, stationed at Randolph AFB, TX, with the Electronic Systems Center. I've been stationed to the Joint Analysis Center, RAF Molesworth, UK, and to the Air Combat Command Network Operations and Security Center, Langley AFB, VA. I joined the Air Force to see the world, and so far it has delivered, I've deployed to so many locations I lose count. I've been in every country in Europe except Albania, Russia, Moldova, and the Ukraine. I'm hoping my next assignment will be in the Pacific theatre so I can add to my list of visited countries.

  I'm married to a wonderful and beautiful woman named Jean who doesn't understand my fascination with computers or SETI, but loves me just the same. She has a BA in French with minors in Political Science and History from the University of Iowa. At my last assignment, she began working for the government as a civil servant and she hopes to continue now that we're at our new station.

  I've got a degree in Computer Science and I'm currently working on a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa. Pretty much, I'm a geek. My hobbies are computers, flying, and model trains, in that order. I'm the guy who enjoys doing bizarre physics problems, who day dreams about inventing the new era of computing, who couldn't give a damn about who plays what sport. I'm much more interested in who just solved a piece of some mathematical puzzle.

  I hope to get a commission soon, then stay in the Air Force for a very long time. My goals include stepping on every continent, even if it means that I have to take a vacation cruise to Antarctica, and to further the usage of distributed computing projects like SETI@home and the University of Oxford's Screensaver Lifesaver.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
  I think that SETI is a great idea, that there is life out there, and we may even find it in our lifetime, but we won't be able to communicate back with it before I die. A lot of other information comes out of SETI@home that some people ignore though, the information that fuels astronomers and physicists alike.

  There are so many computers in this world that are just wasting cycles doing NOOP that could be put to good use. Think about it for just one day, how many computers do you pass by. The grocery store has powerful PCs for checkout registers, how many cycles are they wasting? The library or school nearby has dozens of computers doing what most of the day, waiting to be logged into?

  I myself recently volunteered my time at a local library maintaining their computers in exchange for those computers to run SETI@home as a service (they're Windows2000) for my account. In a few weeks I've increased my result count by several thousand! What can you do? What does it hurt to ask the librarian or school IT manager? I'm sure they'd LOVE the help, go volunteer!!!

last updated 28 August, 2003
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