Chip's Homepage

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Whether you were looking for it or not, you have found the homepage of Charles M. "Chip" Coldwell. Although I am an alumnus of the Physics Department at Harvard University, these days I'm trying to pass myself off as some sort of computer expert. I'm currently employed as a "Senior Software Engineer" (that's their high-falutin' way of saying "computer programmer") for Red Hat. They pay me to hack on the Linux kernel; mostly storage subsystems.

When I'm not messing around with a computer of some sort, I'm generally riding my bicycle, or hanging out with friends here in the Boston area.

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  1. In 2003 I rode the Boston Brevet Series, a series of four events sanctioned by Randonneurs USA to qualify for the Paris-Brest-Paris.
    1. My friend Max Poletto and I rode the 200K in an ice storm on the day it was originally scheduled for. The organizers chose to postpone the event in light of the weather, but Max couldn't ride on the rescheduled date. Neither of us thought to write up a report, unfortunately.
    2. Max's 300K report
    3. My 400K report
    4. My 600K report
    5. My Paris-Brest-Paris report (85:18)
  2. In 2004 Max and I rode the 200K and 300K events from the Berkshire Brevet Series, as well as the entire Boston Brevet Series and the Boston-Monreal-Boston 1200K. I abdicated all ride-report writing responsibilities to Max this year; neither of us bothered to write up our 600K.
    1. Berkshire 200K
    2. Boston 200K
    3. Berkshire 300K
    4. Boston 300K
    5. Boston 400K
    6. Boston-Montreal-Boston (71:43)
  3. In 2005 I rode
    1. The complete Gainesville Cycling Club Brevet Series
    2. The Fleche New England with Team Cinque Terre (myself, Max Poletto and John Bayley and Pamela Blalock).
    3. The Berkshire 200K.
    Then I took the rest of the season off to nurse my damaged knees.
  4. In 2006 I rode
    1. The Berkshire Populaire
    2. The 300K, 400K and 600K events in the Gainesville Cycling Club Brevet Series (airline SNAFUs prevented me from riding the 200K event).
    3. The complete Boston Brevet Series
    4. The Cascade 1200 (84:28)
    5. The Boston-Montreal-Boston (67:44)
    6. The Deerfield Dirt-Road Randonnee (a.k.a. D2-R2)
  5. In 2008
    1. A ride around the Cascade 1200
  6. In 2011
    1. A Poor Man's PBP


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I worked for the "Infrared and Optical Telescope Array" (IOTA) project at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for a number of years developing real-time data acquisition and control software on (believe it or not) 68000-class Macintosh computers. Later on I developed an avalanche photodiode detector system for them, this time with the data acquision done by a Linux box, using a device driver I wrote.



Since I already get plenty of spam, I'm not going to put my real email address on a publicly accessible web page for the screen scrapers to harvest. Anyone with a little bit of computing experience could probably guess what my email address is from the form of the URL that brought you this page and the additional information that I get my email on the same computer that serves this page. Just to make sure nobody is left out, it's coldwell (at) frank (dot) harvard (dot) edu, where the words in parentheses should be replaced by the corresponding punctuation and the spaces left out.

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