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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


Oct
14
comment Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
That's my thinking, after Iberia the terrain changes a bit, although Hannibal made it across the alps so it's not unprecedented. The Mongol invasion is a good point too.
Oct
14
asked Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
Oct
14
comment Is the Cold War still going on?
Agreed, if you look at how the term was used it was the state of affairs between Communism and Capitalism. Whatever else is going on now is basically "diplomacy by other means".
Oct
14
awarded  Commentator
Oct
14
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
I think this is sort of answered if you look at the "Mandate of Heaven" where there is one Heavenly Emperor and when the gods smile on that one they rule. This has been considered the rationale behind the continual acceptance of dynasties, when one rises they have the Mandate but if they fall and are replace it's considered that the Mandate fell to someone else.
Oct
13
comment When did the practice of formally “declaring war” cease and why?
I don't think it's gone away, maybe there is more international cooperation to share the burden, war is expensive.
Oct
13
comment Why did Meiji consider switching from Japanese to English?
Well they were already enamoured of Europe so sure there might be interest in the culture, but changing a national language of centuries is a hard sell.
Oct
13
comment Why did the French sell Louisiana?
Well considering that the French had just lost Haiti, couldn't get Florida officially and continual war with England they probably needed more money to keep fighting. I'd have to look at my various history books but I recall this one being a multi-pronged issues.
Oct
13
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Well I think in Point 2 the colonists fought for the British, so they did have the experience of being conquerors rather than the conquered. Although I don't get what you mean in point 3 about colonials in Africa and Asia having those advantages, they were British weren't they?
Oct
13
asked What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Oct
13
awarded  Student
Oct
12
awarded  Editor
Oct
12
revised How is it that King Philips War devastated the colonists so much, but the Colonists were not driven out?
Changing title
Oct
12
comment Which Confederate State provided the most troops in the American Civil War?
Probably not many records but I know they took part in grunt work, not much in the way of fighting since giving them weapons really would have done John Brown proud. I was just curious as to how you were defining troops in this respect.
Oct
12
asked How is it that King Philips War devastated the colonists so much, but the Colonists were not driven out?
Oct
12
comment Which Confederate State provided the most troops in the American Civil War?
Just for clarification are you referring to whites or would you also include slaves forced to fight for the Confederacy in any respect?
Oct
12
comment What are the factors that caused the new world civilizations to be less technologically advanced than the old world?
Jared also noted that those same elements are what helped us remove pesky "natives" when the Europeans went colonizing. If the US had developed sedentary civilizations it might have been the Europeans who were dropping dead from disease when they landed.
Oct
12
awarded  Supporter
Oct
12
comment What events led to the fall of the Zhou Dynasty during the Warring States period?
Never heard about the lineage and vassal system in use in ancient china, I'd be interested in information on this.