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Self Introduction

Hi Everyone,

Name: Andrew Ross
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Profession: Quality Engineer
Company: Red Hat

I am currently employed at Red Hat, working in QE. I write documentation for internal projects and review documentation from Engineering Content Services.

Goals: I would like to help out, where I can, with documentation for Fedora. Whether this becomes a QA type of role, or a content author role is up for debate :P

What other projects or writing have you worked on in the past?
 * I am writing SRS's and user docs for internal Red Hat QE projects as well as reviewing docs for external use.
* Prior to this role, I was a high school teacher, and the designated driver for all things computer at my school. This involved documentation for "technologically challenged" staff that ranged from email access to report card writing. The school was a pilot for the new intranet based reporting system, OneSchoo, and I was implementation leader. (a euphemism for SLAVE).
* In 2005 I was volunteered to be the editor (and only contributor) for the Queensland Association of Maths Teachers (QAMT) newsletter. However, in May of 2006 my first child was born and I did not have the time to continue in that role.
*In 2001 I worked for Computer Science Corp (CSC) in Sydney on a helicopter flight sim project - although that was mainly coding, there was also some doc editing.

What level and type of computer skills do you have?
Lol an easy one.
* I have a B.Science with a comp science major.
* I am sitting for my RHCT in early February (providing the course is not canceled).
* I get easily excited by technology, and I can be a bit OCD when it comes to getting things working.... which is probably why I am a good person for QE.

What other skills do you have that might be applicable? User interface design, other so-called soft skills (people skills), programming, etc.
* I am writing documentation using DocBook for internal processes.
*I have worked for 4 years as a high school teacher, so my people skills are good. (aka thick skinned)
*I can talk to anyone (and often do)...
* I did the programming major at uni, mainly Java, with some C++ and C. Although I will never forget the one semester of Cobol.
* I programmed commercially in Ada for CSC.
* In my current role, I will soon be reviewing JBoss docco's, so I am brushing up on Java :)

What makes you an excellent match for the project?

* My RH role is documentation validation and writing - so it should be an easy transition from RH docs, to Fedora docs :)
* I am good at explaining things to different end users
* I enjoy "fact checking", that is, ensuring that the steps listed in a publication produce the desired (claimed) results.

GPG Details
[anross mithrandir ~]$gpg --fingerprint CF53DC64
pub   1024D/CF53DC64 2009-01-13 [expires: 2010-01-13]
      Key fingerprint = E2C2 5C4F 0DAD C8F0 78EA  638C 3F8D E60A CF53 DC64
uid                  Andrew Ross (Fedora Key) <anross redhat com>
sub   2048g/3677BA18 2009-01-13 [expires: 2010-01-13]

Aside:  I loved my hostname until yesterday when I re-read my sys-admins hostname... margrathea...  and the light finally clicked :)

That's about all from me for the time being.


Andrew Ross
Associate Quality Engineer
Red Hat Asia Pacific
Phone: 3514 8331
E-mail: anross redhat com
GPG-KeyID 0xCF53DC64 

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