Profile: 98Mirage

Personal background
I'm a 26 year old assistant manager of a computer store in the NW Florida Panhandle. My interest include (but are not limited to), hiking, swimming, computers (gaming, web surfing, web site design, etc). I also am a huge fan of high performance sports cars - in the Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Porsche classes. My system config (this week :) ). is:
AMD Athlon 1200 266 FSB
Epox 8KTA3 Mainboard
1 Gig of PC133
80 Gig of IDE Storage
18 Gig of SCSI Storage (My MP3 collection mainly)
12x10x32 IDE CDRW
44x CD-ROM
SB Live! Platinum 5.1 w/Live Drive
Plextor 12x4x32 Ext. SCSI CDRW
HP Scanjet 5p SCSI
Intel Pro 100 NIC
USR 56k PCI Hardware Modem
Reflex FX*7200 17" Monitor
ASUS V7700 Deluxe Geforce2 GTS 64M
Running on Windows 2000 PRO

The sad part is apart from an occasional Counter Strike battle or rafce on 4x4 Evolution II, the hardest thing this machine does is run Seti@Home (24/7).. I average 1 packet every 8 hours.

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
1.] Do I belive in ET? Sure, otherwise I wouldn't be participating.

2.] I sometimes think we should try to make contact, but I always remember ID2... hmmm... I think different medias containing every known language and a brief message that we are looking for contact would be good.

3.] I want to donate something to the world, and I feel that allowing my machine to process a few packets a day that could change history is worth the tiny impact it makes on my performance. The project has come so far! The only suggestions I could make are maybe make the packets larger? Or better yet optimize the software for higher end CPUs (ie AMD Thunderbird & XP, Intel PIII & P4, etc).
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