I am an industrial control systems guy. This includes PLC programming and control panel work. I used to work in IT as a server admin in the Windows NT 4.0 days. Maybe I should have stuck with that but I don't like being in an office all day.
I love astronomy and astrophotography, I have built a couple telescopes over the years. I have a full metal shop at home with lathe, mill, welders, etc. I also enjoy working on classic cars and have built several. My next car project will be to convert something old to electric.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI in the hopes that someday we will find a signal that confirms the existence of intelligent extra terrestrial life. I am completely convinced that there are many civilizations out there. I do think the odds of us detecting a radio signal are somewhat low. I think we have a pretty good chance of discovering simple life ( or evidence it once existed) elsewhere in our own Solar system.
I think the project is great. It's a daunting task.
I used to run this almost 20 years ago. Back then it took a dozen hours or more to complete a single task. It's remarkable how far we have come since then. I think removing the 100 unit cap for GPU's and replacing it with something based on RAC would improve the overall efficiency of the project. I run out of GPU work after less than an hour. There are many faster machines out there.