My name is Julian, and I am a CS major at Pitt. I am 21, and currently hopping from job to job waiting until I can get a real one. My hobbies include video games, programming, most things tech - especially staring at my rig as it crunches numbers, astronomy, music, and occasional bouts of UFOlogy. I'm a member of MUFON, so this is my #1 way to assist the search.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@Home because I truly believe in the SETI project and wish to help out whenever and however I can. I have a good CPU and GPU, so why not use my hardware for science when I'm not using them? I hope to be of service in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. I also run Universe@Home, Cosmology@Home, and Asteroids@Home, from most to least frequently. I intend on allotting my CPU and GPU to other tasks like Einstein@Home in the future as well.
I believe that within the next 10 or 20 years, SETI will find a signal from a source in space that is undoubtedly both extraterrestrial and intelligent. What an honor it would be to flag the signal as "interesting" on my PC! If I were older, had a real job, and could afford it, you bet that I'd have donated monetarily as well.
The only suggestions I have are the following:
Can you possibly put more information as to what data we are crunching?
i.e., What constellation, or specific stars, we are looking now or what important astronomical objects are included in the patch of data. If possible (I'd imagine it a waste of time though) an included picture of the patch of the sky, even if it's just black with blue dots.