Profile: Pato

Personal background
I work as an IT project manager / consultant from home in Melbourne, Australia, and was once a software developer.

Interests: science fiction, photography, bike riding.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
There's plenty of spare CPU power up for grabs on the computer here, so it's great to be able to put it to good use. The idea of distributed low-cost computing is cool: I first read about it in the 90's. I've been interesting in astronomy and space since primary school, where we watched the first moon landing on the school's single television while seated in the corridor, so SETI@home was an good project to connect to.

Now my eight-year-old son is fascinated by the progress graphs in BOINC Manager, watching the various projects having a 'race'. His ideas on aliens come from cartoons, so goodness knows what he thinks we'll find out there!
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