I'm a self-employed business professional in Kalamazoo, MI. I've recently put together a beast of a gaming PC and decided to get back into crunching work packets for SETI. In fact, the bug bit pretty hard and now it's running on multiple computers, including a purpose-built (for SETI) Ryzen machine. Two more are in the works, to the annoyance of my wife lol. I enjoy the bargain-hunting challenge, the cost/packet production analysis as well as putting the actual rigs together.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
We aren't alone, the universe is too big for that. I think it'd be best if we found them before they found us lol
Although the story of SETI was upsetting to me initially (some ding dong senator in Wisconsin essentially mocked SETI funding out of existence), I recently read that the current proposed budget for NASA had a recommendation to spend $10,000,000 on this exact thing. Science is important, even the parts that we're pretty sure won't yield the result we're looking for. The only way to find a signal in space is to look; the only way we absolutely guarantee failure is by not looking for it.
SETI@home should advertise itself a little bit, I think it's been long enough since the first time it was announced. Computers have gotten so powerful that even 10,000 new users could make a big impact.