Born many years before the transistor was invented, back when computers were made with the 12AU7 and programmed with toggle switches. When 512 bytes was a lot of main memory. Been crunching SETI units nearly since the project was born (Sept 99). Computer programming hasn't been an interest so probably won't be. Computer hardware is. I can't keep up cost-wise with some of the latest hardware. What I manage to justify for SETI and the other projects is to stay off the bleeding edge by a year or two because its cost effective. Returning to college at age 40 I did not strike out for a PhD, stopping at the MS. Continuing would not have been financially advisable and I needed to keep working. Computers and computing is Hobby Nr. 3 behind Amateur Radio and tire smokin' V8 cars (that get decent mileage). Now retired from a second career in electrical engineering, with my wife I run our ranch near Allison, Colorado out in flyover country where I regularly conduct target practice in my front yard.
Your opinions about MilkyWay@home
Since childhood I've had the astronomy affinity. So I contribute to SETI, Einstein and now MW. Like others I see round and about in the forums I bleed red, white, blue with special interest in the amendment that makes all others possible, the 2nd. I've the feeling reading thru the boards that if some principals knew my leanings they'd shut me off (OK maybe too harsh). Views on the project, the distributed computing part, will develop with time. I read up on some of the very impressive principal investigator resumes, publications, thoughts on academia etc. I had to send the public speaking article by Dr. Newberg to my eldest daughter who recently ran afoul of the economy but who I expect will appreciate the encouragement and coaching.