Profile: Sean M. Goodman

Personal background
I'm originally from Williamstown, Massachusetts although I have lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania (near Philly) and currently reside in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Love computers, people and photography, and am currently working full-time as a Senior Support Engineer for UNIX and Linux based platforms. I have spent well over a decade and a half working on UNIX, Linux, name it. My first computer was an Atari 400/800 (although I had an Atari 2600 when I was a kid), worked my way into a VIC-20 and eventually a C-64. My current machines are...well, I have a lot of them: servers, workstations, laptops, Palms (I wonder if you can run SETI@Home on your Palm?). I sure hope some day, they'll make a cellphone-based SETI@Home as I sure hate wasting its spare CPU cycles and battery life on phone calls and text messaging. ;)
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think, deep down inside, everyone wants to believe that there's Extraterrestrial Life "out there" or even right here in front of us. I'm sure a great portion of the folks who run SETI@Home would love to be one of the folks who helps to find a signal in the noise...the proverbial needle in the haystack. Personally, if my computer's are all going to be sitting around idle, they might as well be doing something halfway useful. Plus I get to see my name and team creep up the various statistics boards, which is cool. I'll probably never have access to the SGI and Cray machines I used to back when I worked for SGI but boy can some of my home machines fly!
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