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Daniel Zappala
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Professor and hacker

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A win for self-directed learning. Thanks to +Gideon Burton for inspiring me in this area.

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Emma received a 98/100 for her performance of this piece from Brahms -- sophomore year Lone Peak Solo & Ensemble night

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Sagebrush Flat
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Built an Ember front-end and trying to hook it into a REST API with token-based authentication. Obscure error messages, lack of error messages, out-of-date tutorials, poorly documented functionality ... very frustrating. 

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Wrote a small tool to backup a remote server, using fabric and rsync.

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Beautiful night up in the mountains.
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American Fork Canyon
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We're busy writing a paper for submission tomorrow, and I was proud we had thought of a measurement method that nobody in their right mind had ever tried before -- putting code into a Google advertisement. Nope, it was first tried 5 years ago. It's really hard to come up with novel ideas. Luckily our results don't depend on the novelty of that particular method.

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This does a good job of expressing why I like the idea of UTOPIA using a public-private partnership to get their finances in order. UTOPIA is like building an airport, where any airplane can land. Comcast or Google Fiber is like a single airline owning the entire airport. The type of open access network that UTOPIA is building is rare in the US, but the law in Japan. One company owns the fiber, and then any company can use the fiber to be your ISP. This creates competition and a free market, which I prefer to the cable or fiber monopoly any day. Especially when the fiber monopoly is basically given a network taxpayers built for free (I'm looking at you, Provo).

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I've released the latest version of Bene, an educational network simulator written in Python. 

https://github.com/zappala/bene

This now includes transport connections and a sample Stop-and-Wait protocol that students can use to build on for TCP reliability. You can also find a new lab posted here:

http://cs460.byu.edu/winter-2014/
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