Profile: SilentBob420

Personal background
Not a whole lot to say. Just a geek with plenty of spare processor cycles to spare. At the time this profile was filled out I was 27. Originally from Wi now permanently relocated to Mn (Had to get me some of that dot-com pie, not much chance of that happening surrounded by cows). Hobbies? What are they? I'll bet they're high in fat and cholesterol.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
The main thing that intrigued me about S@H was the distributed computing aspect. The whole thing is general is pretty flippin' amazing. My computers are always on, so they might as well be doing something. The search for ET was interesting as well, but initially wasn't even a factor. After watching the GUI plug away for a while I started wondering just what exactly it was doing so I headed to the home page... and lost countless hours reading article after article. Granted a lot of it was way over my head, but I was still able to at least understand the general principles. The more I read, the more it sucked me in. In the interest of chugging through the packets I switched to the command line version as soon as I figured I could drop from 32 hours a unit down to 10 there wasn't much of a question. I do miss seeing the GUI run though, I could watch it plot it's life away for hours on end. Kudos to the folks at S@H for a job well done. The whole project is awe-inspiring. I would definitely like to see some more distributed computing projects come along... but there will always be a processor searching for ET (He's still got my Speak & Say and I want it back).
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