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I am Paul Sullivan, 52, from just north of SETI@home's home base. (U.C. Berkeley)

I am a truck driver (class A) and photographer.

My hobbies are home computing, home computer building, amateur radio, woodworking, short wave listening, and photography. Oh, and I am a Monty Python fan, in case you hadn't noticed!

Main computer is a home-built AMD Opteron-165 dual core, 6 hard drives, (3 SCSI, 1 PATA, 2 SATA) 3 optical drives, (1 LG DVD Multirecorder Lightscribe, 1 CD-RW (usb), 1 CD-ROM) with 1.5 Gb of PC3200 memory. Motherboard is by Gigabyte. (GA-K8nsc-939) OS is Win XP Pro x64. Crunch power is on the order of 650 credits per day. There has been some juggling of hard drives in this computer recently - I had to replace the XP 64 boot drive (too small...) and a SCSI drive that failed. A second PATA drive will be added when purchased!

There is another (found) computer (Dell P€ntium-4 2.6Ghz HT), OS is Win XP Pro, 60 Gb hard drive, CD-rom, DVD±RW (transferred from my main computer when the Lightscribe went in...), 1 Gb ram. Crunch power is about 400 to 450 Credits/day.

Fastest computer: a home-built Inte£ Q9300 2.5 Ghz Cor€ 2 Quad, Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G mb, with 4 Gb DDR2-800 RAM, 250 Gb SATA hard drive, Nvidia 9500GT 1Gb video board (running CUDA), Sony DVD±RW, Win XP pro x64, dual booting openSUSE Linux x64. This is an overclocked CPU, currently (at times...) running at 2.728 Ghz. It has a very large Zalman heatsink/fan. This computer's crunch power is around 2400 credits/day with stock app at stock clock, not counting CUDA credits. The video board is also slightly overclocked.

I'm about to install an IBM 335 server, dual Xeon 2.8Ghz, 2GB memory, with a 36Gb HD and (?CD?). Crunch power and OS still undetermined as of this writing (will update...)

All the above computers are networked, sharing a Motorola Cable modem, (along with file and printer sharing) through a Linksys router.

Future plans: An Inte£ core I7 with 6 Gb... This computer might have the Nvidia 9500GT from the Q9300 quaddie, which would be replaced by a faster video card...

Printers: an inkjet [13x19 capable], one laser [with duplexer] and another letter size inkjet strictly for photo printing.

You really don't want to see what's in back of (and between) the computers, which is a computer engineer's nightmare (particularly the power cords!) - with nothin' labeled, yet! :-)
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