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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
3
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
I'd also like to note that the US has had multiple parties in the past, such as the Know-Nothings, Moose Party and some others. Although the entrenchment of the Democrats and Republicans makes it harder to create a third party in this country that is viable, but we still have the Greens, Ross Perot's party and others around just not as viable independent parties on a national level who can run candidates for general elections.
Nov
3
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
If you look at the origins of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists their creation was more about Unification than about Division. Although you could argue it's helped more to define our divisions. I think you need to reformulate your question WITHOUT using the US as a basis of Civil War creating two-party systems since that had nothing to do with the two-party system which existed before it happened.
Nov
3
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
While this doesn't answer the question, to me, it does reflect the reality of the US situation in that we had a two-party system in place BEFORE the civil war. So in the US's case it did not need a Civil War to create the existing system.
Nov
2
comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
Just note the Ming and Qing dynasties rather than the time period, I did know what you mean though.
Nov
2
comment What unique personal experiences contributed to the formation of Mao's brand of Communism?
This is much the same as what I learned in a History of Modern China course, mostly Mao shunned cities and stayed in the countryside rallying the peasants to him to fight the government. Although some of his politics at the time seemed kind of sketchy, he never seemed a reliable Communist Cadre but in many ways was more an opportunist.
Nov
2
comment Why did Huldrych Zwingli and Martin Luther stand for clerical marriage?
I always thought that the celibate priest concept was more about economy and control rather than belief, this at least lets me think that I am onto something.
Nov
2
comment What is the most widely accepted theory on the ancient “Sea Peoples”?
It's just linking to a wikipedia article and asking something off it without much detail here, that doesn't really add much to our site. I'd expect more detail here on the question. Just to note I didn't downvote, I just asked about the question.
Nov
2
answered Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
Nov
2
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Nov
2
comment What is the most widely accepted theory on the ancient “Sea Peoples”?
Sorry, but if you are linking to wikipedia in your question, which has information on them, what are you trying to get here in addition? Theory is nice but it's pretty broad.
Nov
1
answered What was the religion of the Arabic people before conversion to Islam?
Nov
1
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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.