How Your Mac Can Help The Search For E.T.

by John Carroll on July 23, 2012

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Since May 1999, S.E.T.I. (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has used large numbers of internet connected computers in homes across the world to analyse radio telescope data looking for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals do not occur naturally and would provide evidence of intelligent life.

The project, established by David Gedye and Craig Kasnoff, is known as SETI@home.

The universe is a pretty big place and consequently there’s an awful lot of data to analyze.

SETI@home installs software on your Mac that crunches this data when your computer is idle. You decide when the software will run and which research programs it can work on.

SETI At Home

The software is perfectly safe. It ‘s designed to be inconspicuous and it won’t attract viruses or allow unauthorized access to private information.

Download the software, with the delightful name of BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing,) fromĀ here.

Setup is a breeze. You’ll be asked to restart your Mac and whether or not you’d like BOINC to run as your screensaver.

On restart, the BOINC Manager runs and asks which research programs you would like to assist with. BOINC distributes computing power to many other projects including those concerned with climate research, protein analysis and mathematical problems. If you just want to help SETI@home, that’s the only one you need to pick.

After you provide an email address and password you’re done.

Now all you need is patience and a little luck, to be part of the most important discovery in human history.

Gertie kisses E.T.

How Your Mac Can Help The Search For E.T. was last modified: December 17th, 2012 by John Carroll
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Avatar 1 John D July 25, 2012 at 5:11 am

My therapist said I should find myself. Do you have anything for that?


John Carroll 2 John Carroll July 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

I’ll be posting something next week. Stay tuned.


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