Profile: Frank van den Brink

Personal background
I'm a 39 year old IT-Consultant from The Netherlands (Europe, next to Germany). Usually you can find me sitting in front of my workstation (Self-built off coarse) trying stuff for most of my day. If not there, I'm swimming, driving my motorbike, cooking or working.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I became interested in SETI@Home back in 1999. Chris Pirillo pointed out this program in his Lockergnome magazine. Since I'm running a complete testnetwork at home, usually consisting of 4 systems, powered continiously I thought it would be a good idea to make use of those clockticks which were ticking away unused.

I like the thought of having those machines doing something usefull in the time I am not actively using the network. I think the SETI@Home project is the way to bundle the enourmous computerpower we have in the world in a 'low-cost' manner. Since I believe we are dumb enough to call ourselves an intelligent lifeform, there must be a species in the galaxy that actually deserves that title!

As of 2005 I enrolled in several other BOINC projects, which are also important to me. Since then I have infected quite some systems by running BOINC on them.
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