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I have been a tester, manager, automator, and release angineer for over 15 years. Working in Windows, *nix and distributed environments I've come in as the first part of QA and built groups or joined existing groups. I like process and am an evangelist for process improvement. I also dabble in tool smithing, while I am not a great coder I stick with it and have built up a nice array of tools over the years in Perl, Ruby and PowerShell. I automate when I can now, as that is my prime passion, and I wear all kinds of hats doing whatever is needed but always handling code from test to production.

I have many interests in cooking, reading, home improvement, MakerSpaces and many more. You'll find me on many SX's here.

I currently work for NaviNet as a Software Engineer in Test II


Feb
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Nov
26
comment What were the key differences between United States' and Indian revolutions?
From the US side you can look at my old question on this focusing from the Colonial times in the US - history.stackexchange.com/questions/235/… There might be some relevant information there
Oct
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Oct
12
awarded  Yearling
Jul
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awarded  Nice Question
Jul
10
comment Were Puritans Prudes or Progressive?
In some ways they were rather strict, you can read some of that yourself in the memoirs of Anne Hutchinson or Roger Williams. The Massachusetts Puritan colony was not averse to expelling those who did not keep with their beliefs.
Mar
18
comment How would Eastern European emigres have traveled across Eastern Europe to Warsaw in the early 20thC?
Very indepth, thank you. The rails is an interesting fact I did not know, seems to be a similar condition to American railways of the 1800's which were different gauges at one point (especially the American south). Gdansk is what we were told, and I have nothing to refute it at this time, maybe there was a change in ports for 1917?
Mar
5
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Mar
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Feb
23
comment Why did George H. W. Bush select Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988?
Quayle had tons of gaffes, some more memorable than others. I'd have to find something concrete but if I remember he was chosen to appeal to younger voters under the impression that GWH Bush was too old and unable to do so.
Feb
23
comment How did the “Forty Niners” get to California in 1849?
More on the Chagres River route and the Forty Niners - trail2.com/embera/history3.htm
Feb
23
comment How did the “Forty Niners” get to California in 1849?
@T.E.D. Actually there was significant passage through the Canal road, which was not all impassible jungle. The Chagres River road up to Panama City was a well known and used road, that the Fourty Niners used as an alternate path. Henry Morgan even used it in his supposed sacking of Panama City, which is where I saw the reference to the Forty Niners as they used the same path later on.
Feb
20
comment What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
The scholarly class were looked upon with respect from the Confucianists, but I suppose it depends on how you define elites. Merchant families often tried to have their children take the civil service exams, since it was a point of pride to have a relative who took and passed them. Those who passed and were in civil service had their children take the exams as well, that is how meritocracies are built.
Feb
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Feb
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Jan
25
comment Why were the British so reluctant to allow Jewish migration to Palestine?
@JimThio Although the land was purchased many of the Arabs felt that the process was against them as land was purchased from absentee landlords or those who lived there were out of work and felt they had no recourse but to sell to the only buyers who happened to be Israeli Jews. Rightly or wrongly, I don't have a position on it one way or another, to them it seemed the land was slipping from Arab hands to Jewish ones.
Jan
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
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awarded  Necromancer
Dec
22
revised Were there weapons that a private citizen could not legally own in 1789 in the US?
Removing pro-gun friend comment since it doesn't add to the question
Dec
21
comment Were there weapons that a private citizen could not legally own in 1789 in the US?
I recently got into this discussion and a friend of mine noted that some cannon at the time were privately owned, though I have not looked into it deeper. Not sure about other weapons, though considering we were still a frontier/colony/country its doubtful there were laws regarding who owned what.