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Tue 25 May 2004

SETI@home writes...

Category : mac and the internet

I got mail from the folks at SETI@home.

"SETI@home turned five years old on May 17, 2004!
Thanks for participating in SETI@home."

'According to our records, you have processed 936 work units,
the most recent on April 17, 2004." (iBook 600MHz - was originally a Powerbook 1400cs/133MHz later 233 MHz)

'According to our records, you have processed 343 work units,
the most recent on April 27, 2004.' (G4 Desktop, dual 1GHz)

"According to our records, you have processed 167 work units,
the most recent on May 12, 2004." (Datamini PC)

"According to our records, you have processed 19 work units,
the most recent on January 31, 2000." (some rogue unit; must revive it)

Didn't realise that last unit existed. I registered four computers between 1999 and 2001 and must have been one of the beta testers, as I began on 27 April 1999, shortly before the launch date of 17 May.

See my old SETI stats webpage. The largest contribution above is ranked 300 out of the 7633 contributors in Singapore, but is less then 2% of the top contributor. Still every little bit helps - that's the idea beehin this project.

All this is, of course, partly to torment Teuteberg who is trying to recover his lost credits from an extinct email userid.

But I was (still am) quite enthusiastic about this idea of distributed computing, extraterrestrial life and how a message would be sent across space. I posted on the SETI@home mailing list, and even gave a talk at the Science Centre, complete with the opening planetary (radio wave) sequence from Contact, while wearing a SET@home t-shirt. The talk was presented through a series of webpages - and this was long before the days of tabbed browsing. I must find the URLs for that and offer it as a talk for our journal club. After all, we essentially cover topics about life, and this is about finding it.

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