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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


Mar
6
comment Why were the British so reluctant to allow Jewish migration to Palestine?
This coincides with my point about land ownership, the Zionist settlers figured out early on that basically if you can't get people to leave you can buy the land out from under them. With no work, and no land to live on, it was expected that the Arabs would leave and thus the land would belong to the Jews.
Feb
20
comment What is the single longest Presidential Campaign run in the United States?
That is how I am defining "start", but I also look at it as if you are going to get on the ballot for a primary you have to be a declared candidate otherwise you cannot gain delegates at the party conferences. Which would have to be a goal to be a candidate and campaign; I am eliminating campaigns like Donald Trump that might have started and stopped without a serious intention to continue.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
Dec
20
comment Who is responsible for the partition of Palestine?
Titles need to be reflective of the question as often that is what people will first see, please keep them consistent and not a two word placeholder. This is an ok question but you could easily find this elsewhere and in some of the other answers on Israel, I think I touched on this once on another answer.
Dec
18
comment What exactly was the Philby Plan?
Nice find, my Middle East history books don't mention the plan at all, an interesting omission considering they are fairly balanced otherwise
Dec
18
comment When did songs extolling leaders of companies go out of fashion?
+1 for the nice question and bringing up something that is sort of forgotten when looking back at industrialism in America
Dec
17
comment What exactly was the Philby Plan?
Yes, much more so. It's always better to give more detail in the question to point out only what you are looking for to keep the answers from meandering
Dec
17
comment What exactly was the Philby Plan?
Could you put more into the question? Perhaps the point that you are unclear on rather than just a link to wikipedia would help immensely in able to answer your question.
Dec
12
comment Why did Ford pardon Nixon?
Believing Haig about anything is not really going to get you towards the truth.
Dec
6
comment What made Washington DC “dominate” politics in the USA?
I've tried to clean up your question, let me know if this is what you are asking. It's an easy answer but I'd like to be sure of the question first.
Dec
5
comment What post 18thC countries rulers escaped to a remote/separate region and hung on while the country collapsed under revolution?
A good example but they stayed in Constantinople, I'm trying to see if there are other examples like in the case of Taiwan where the leaders basically gave up all but one remote area and moved government there.
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@T.E.D. I've come across point 4 in dealing with other historical claims of who rules where, and for how long, its a question I have yet to find an answer for. Mostly its either you take the claims and have no way to then go back and determine who the actual people were who owned the land, or accept the current situation. In either situation there are losers and someone is always unhappy.