Profile: Steven Paterson

Personal background
At current, I'm a male 18 year old student (DOB:26/12/88). At college I study A2 Mathematics, A2 History, and AS Sociology with an AS completed in Chemistry.

The majority of my hobbies are: Astronomy, drawing, badminton, computers, music, programming, and playing the guitar. I've always loved telescopes since I was young and find stars in the night sky beautiful. I'm quite poor at drawing but find it relaxing and enjoyable at times. Badminton is a passion I've had since I first started playing around the age of 14 or 15; I was terrible to start with but persisted and now I'm at a fairly high level and enjoy playing, regardless of whether I win or lose. All my computers are self-built to varying specifications, e.g. some I make to be literally completely silent, while some I wish to be more powerful as powerful & completely silent isn't a concept within my budget.

Music is very important to me as it's got me through the hardest of times, and made the best times even better. I love well over 150 artists but, I won't name them all here, it'd take too much space. Here are a few of my favourites though: Jonny Cash, Patsy Cline, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Meat Puppets, Nirvana, Type O Negative, The 69 Eyes... - My music setup consists of a fairly cheap (£120) micro system with Aux-inputs in the form of 2 Phono inputs, I connect a 3.5mm extension from my computer to a stereo 3.5mm to dual phono adapter into the aux slots. My soundcard is an Audigy 2 (sold for £25) - now a Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music (OEM, cost £50 but only £25 since I sold the Audigy 2).
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@home because I love the stars, the sky, planets, the general thought that we can't be the only intelligent entities in the entire universe...

I'm not exactly wealthy/well-off, however I try to contribute and I think that's what's so great about SETI@home, in a way it almost unites people under a single cause, no one's saying "oh it's some program from That country" or something similar.

I've set up my old silent P3-733 to run 24/7 dedicated to SETI@home. I also run it on my Athlon XP2500+ (mildly overclocked to 2.1GHz) which is on around 15 hours a day, and it's always on while my computer is on.

- Unfortunately the P3-733's PSU died as of 23/2/07, and I can't really replace a fanless PSU as I don't have the money, especially for a computer that isn't really worth more than a few quid itself. It did a good job while it lasted. Hopefully I should get some college money soon (next few months) and I'll replace the Motherboard, CPU, PSU, and Memory of the P733 system for a setup with a little more grunt for crunching work units. (Probably a Pentium D 915)
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