Profile: hawks

Personal background
I live in Sydney, Australia. I am currently an under employed COBOL programmer
(any job offers?). I have been playing with mainframes for 30 years and PC's
for 20. I enjoy my kids, sport (fencing, judo, squash, triathlons, skiing),
getting programs to run faster and simpler. I have a number of PC's networked
around the house - a couple for me, one for the wife, a few for the kids,
the dog and some spares in transit.
When I started running SETI a few years ago, I had a 486, but soon realised
I needed something better. By September 1999, I had completed 82 units with
an average time of 15 1/2 hours and was in 42,821 place out of 1,116,359.
September the next year saw me with 2 PC's a P200 and a P350 (win98)
optimised and running SETI Monitor (Lior Fainshil) and SETI Queue (Ken Reneris)
and ver 2.0 of SETI. I had completed 2770 units, (more than Vanuatu),
was in 118 place in Australia and 7,397 out of 2,296,650 in the world,
ave 12 1/2 hours. September 2001, 5000 units completed.
The statistics for this whole project are fascinating. What do these figures
show us about the social and economic attitudes of the world? And who can
assess the benefits for nearly 4 million people learning how to use their machines more efficiently. (Phd anyone?).
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Of course there is life out there, the universe is teaming with life. It was
once thought that the world ended beyond the 'Pillars of Hercules', until some
one went to see for them selves. Not everyone wants to look, which is good -
someone has to keep their feet on the ground so others can stand on their
shoulders. In the future we will travel to the stars and meet other life
forms. With genetic engineering we will be able to modify ourselves to travel
the great distances to other systems. Allowing us to live 1000 years, become
thin and wispy to withstand the lack of gravity and then adapt our bodies for
a new world. Human adaptability is provided by the mind, the body follows.
Anyway for us living on Neander, when we have perfected the ion-drive, we are
going to visit a little planet we call 'Thal'. It is a low gravity, blue
planet, third out from the sun in quadrant X.

We will never be ready for a extra-terrestrial visit. Hopefully our adaptability
will allow us to survive. Has someone visited us already? - the first book of
the bible, GENESIS says that Methuselah lived 969 years.

Is a beacon, a good idea? There are dangers, of course, but contact is
inevitable, like death and taxes. We can go out and find them or hide
under a rock. What do you want to do? Problem though, which directions
do we send signals and for how many thousands of years? Does anyone remember
about the signal being received in the movie "On the Beach"?
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