Profile: Charlie Cyr

Personal background
I began running seti work units as soon as the Seti@home program was up and running (June 1999).  At the time I was very hopeful that we would find proof of ET in my lifetime.  I eagerly installed the seti screen saver on my home PC and began waiting for the news that we had made contact.
At about the same time I began studying for my MCSE.   In order to accomplish this without spending a wad of cash for a course at a local computer training center, I had to build a small home network consisting of a server and a couple of workstations.  I decided to install seti on these, also.   At the time (December of 1999) my network consisted of a 200mhz Pentium PC with 32 meg of ram running NT Server 4.0, a 266mhz AMD K6-2 with 32 meg of ram running NT Workstation 4.0 and and my girlfriend's  500mhz AMD K6-2 with 64 meg of ram and Windows 95 as the second workstation.  It was all wired with coax and was a lot of fun to play around with.   It took me about a year, but I did get my NT 4.0 MCSE by studying at home and playing with my network.
As my studies continued my network continuously improved.  After getting my MCSE I began working on my 2000 MCSE.  Because of the requirements of the new OS I had to upgrade my hardware as well.  I built a dual CPU server and upgraded my workstation and installed Windows 2000 on both.  Right now my home network consist of 7 computers. Four are servers and are used in my continued Certification quest. The other three are personal workstations. I crunch about 15 units per day and use SetiQueue to keep a handle on it.
I love the times we live in. The human race is gaining knowledge at an incredible pace and Seti@home helps me be a part of that quest for knowledge! Yes I'm kind of a PC geek but I do love technology and look forward to what the next century has in store for us all.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think life is quite common in the universe --- maybe even in our own solar system. I do not think that it is necessarily intelligent life, but I do feel that it is very important to look just in case. I'm not saying that I'm not hopeful, because I am. Perhaps someday we will make contact with an other intelligent race with whom we can share knowledge and culture. I also feel we should transmit a signal in the hope that others might detect us.
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