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We held our second weekly chocolate tasting today, with much better attendance. Whereas last week, when we were doing 70% chocolates and most people preferred a “reference” 85% chocolate, this week was 85% chocolates and a plurality preferred a “reference” … Continue reading

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Chocolate tasting results for week 1

I posted the results for week 1 of the chocolate tasting on our wiki. My summary: One of the “ringers”, the Theo Pure 85% Dark, was the overall winner, with two first-place votes and two second-place votes. Opinions on the … Continue reading

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Chocolate tasting: week 1

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As I mentioned a few posts ago, I wanted to organize a chocolate tasting. We have a small group of chocolate-lovers in CSAIL, and next Tuesday will be our first of at least six weekly tasting sessions. During this time, … Continue reading

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Debugging a weird network problem (or: IPv6 privacy addresses, just say no)

All you folks who followed my blog for food porn are going to want to skip this one. The past ten days have been pretty horrible for me at work, thanks to the combined effect of five different network issues. … Continue reading

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Human-What? Interaction

Somewhere near the intersection of cognitive science, psychology, and computer science lies the subfield of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) — sometimes called Computer-Human Interaction. It’s not a subject I’ve studied at all (and if you saw the user interfaces I’ve developed … Continue reading

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The latest way in which Firefox is broken

At work, Firefox is our recommended and officially-supported browser. We have historically liked it because (a) it works the same on all platforms, and (b) it implements SSL client authentication correctly. Unfortunately, it seems that very few Firefox developers actually … Continue reading

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LISA’13 recap

The first week in November I went to the 2013 Large Installation System Administration conference, one of the Usenix Association‘s two annual flagship conferences (the other being the summer Annual Technical Conference, which is part of what they call “Federated … Continue reading

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In the previous installment, I posted a script that will output a series of lines that look like this: multipath/s33d7: 417.3 ms > 372.9 ms multipath/s25d22: 682.9 ms > 372.9 ms multipath/s29d5: 699.2 ms > 372.9 ms multipath/s25d4: 1449.1 ms … Continue reading

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My first (well, ok, third) DTrace hack

We have a storage server with a bunch of marginal disks in it. They aren’t bad enough to return read errors, and of course the SMART data claims they’re just fine, but the built-in error-recovery takes much too long (sometimes … Continue reading

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I am a network administrator. I work on a team of fewer than a dozen people, only one of whom is a full-time developer (and it’s not me). But I do write code — software that supports the operational needs … Continue reading

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