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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


Nov
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answered What was the religion of the Arabic people before conversion to Islam?
Nov
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awarded  Beta
Nov
1
comment Which country traces its roots back to the oldest civilization?
I'd also ask what is meant by prominent, are we talking the first, earliest civilization that can be detected with current methods and tools?
Oct
31
comment What Factors Contributed to the Success of Certain “Long March” Strategies?
Wars or attrition are not always useful for those with numerical superiority either, if you are highly mobile v. an army that is not you can snipe them and drag it out. The American Revolution would be one case of that, as noted.
Oct
31
comment Why did Jews not immigrate to the Muslim world?
This is what I learned in my History of Islam classes, the Ottoman's were not as kind to anyone other than Muslim's, although they still taxed the heck out of you.
Oct
31
comment How is it that King Philips War devastated the colonists so much, but the Colonists were not driven out?
Do you have any sources on this? Most of this I had already thought of, but nothing to check it against.
Oct
31
comment What was the religion of the Arabic people before conversion to Islam?
It was a mixture, basically you are looking at people who were on the trade routes from Europe and Africa to Asia so there were a lot of religions going on. Some were animist, Zoroastrean (sp?) and others. I'll have to check my notes on my History of Islam class to see what we discussed.
Oct
29
accepted Was Theodoric the Great killed by Justinian?
Oct
29
comment Was Theodoric the Great killed by Justinian?
Now that is a nice list of sources. Got to give it to you.
Oct
28
comment Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
Providing the map, and the evidence it COULD be done, was a good start too.
Oct
28
answered From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Oct
28
comment From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
I concur, superstitions while they have a thread of truth are hard to nail down.
Oct
28
asked Was Theodoric the Great killed by Justinian?
Oct
28
comment Why did the Monitor and Merrimac (aka Virginia) have such radically different designs?
Yup, that was it. I hadn't checked all the links out by yesterday. Thanks!
Oct
28
comment Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
+1 for the "history favors the winners", although I always looked upon Columbus' claim more along the fact that he began continual contact - the vikings presence was not really lasting. Maybe it should be "Columbus helped colonize America."
Oct
27
comment Why did the Monitor and Merrimac (aka Virginia) have such radically different designs?
I thought I read somewhere that the USS Merrimack had been burned to the waterline and sunk to make sure it was not used by the Confederacy, which to my mind would have given it its shape when it was raised and fitted.
Oct
27
comment What Were the Types of Sieges?
I wonder if this is where Forlorn Hope came from, although I saw it popularized more from the Richard Sharpe novels.
Oct
27
answered Why did the USA stay out of the League of Nations?
Oct
27
asked At what point, and why, did Snuff Tobacco fall out of favor with European Nobility?
Oct
26
awarded  Nice Question