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== About Me ==

||<|4>{{attachment:GaryMellor.jpg||align="left"}}||'''Email:'''||<<MailTo(mellor.gary@yahoo.co.uk)>>||
||'''IRC:'''||'''garyjmellor''' on irc.freenode.net||
||'''Launchpad:||''' garyjmellor||
||'''Keys:'''||D''''''1C81890, 9238B4C0||

'''Background:''' I'm 32 years old and live in England. I am a professional software tester with around 8 years' experience in the industry. I have worked for the following companies:

 * [[http://www.o3sis.com|o3sis AG]] (''Research and Development'')
 * [[http://www.synectics-solutions.com|Synectics Solutions Ltd]] (''Data Cleanser'')
 * [[http://www.surfcontrol.com|SurfControl Plc]] (''Test Engineer'', ''Senior Test Engineer'')
 * [[http://www.appsense.com|AppSense Ltd]] (''Test Engineer'')
 * [[http://www.jumar-solutions.com|Jumar Solutions Ltd]] (''Test Coordinator'')

I have been using Ubuntu for around 8 months and really like it - so much so that I'm now going to start testing it in my free time. I love the whole idea of FOSS and want to help shape Ubuntu for the community.

== Why Do I Use Ubuntu? ==

Having been exposed to Windows 'features' for as long as I can remember in both personal and professional realms, I was on the look out for alternatives. I'd used Unix and Mac at university and I'd heard of Linux. After some Googling, I plumped for Ubuntu and haven't looked back. After just one week of having a dual boot system I decided that Ubuntu (Karmic) was infinitely better than any Windows OS and got rid of the Windows partition completely.:

== My Machines ==

I have two physical systems: a HP 'junker' (with Lucid Beta 1) and a Lenovo 'stable' system (with Karmic). Both systems are laptops. Here are the specs:
||'''Hardware'''||'''Hewlett-Packard HP 510'''||'''Lenovo G550 2958F3G'''||
||Architecture||X86||X64||
||Chipset||Mobile Intel® 915GM Express||Mobile Intel® GM45 Express||
||Graphics||Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900||NVIDIA® Ge''''''Force® G105M||
||Hard drive||Hitachi Travelstar SATA 60GB @ 7200rpm~-^[2]^-~||Western Digital Black SATA-II 320GB @ 7200rpm~-^[4]^-~||
||Processor||Intel® Pentium® M (780 - 2.26GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2MB Cache)||Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (T6600 - 2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache)||
||RAM||Crucial 2GB SODIMM DDR2 (667Mhz)~-^[1]^-~||Crucial 8GB SODIMM DDR3 (800MHz)~-^[3]^-~||
||Wireless||Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 BG [Calexico2]||Intel® PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh]||
~-^[1]^-~ Replaces manufacturer's standard hardware ().

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~-^[4]^-~ Replaces manufacturer's standard hardware ().

== Testing Interests ==

Having looked at the [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/Activities|Testing Team Activities]] I am initially interested in testing the following areas:

  * ISO Testing (on my HP)

  * Laptop testing (on my HP)

  * General Testing (on my Lenovo and/or my HP)

I would rather not have to perform any fundamental changes to my Lenovo as that is my stable everyday personal laptop. I am happy to do pretty much anything to my HP.

== Hobbies & Interests ==

I weight train in my spare time and also enjoy bike riding. When I was fitter than I currently am I have previously cycled to the coast for charitable causes. The most I have cycled in a day is 120 miles. I enjoy watching films either in the comfort of my own living room or at the cinema. I like travelling and have spent 3 months in Australia, 9 months in Germany and I've been to various other places on holiday with my favourite place being The Maldives (honeymoon). I also like anything to do with technology and spend may hours performing what I have termed 'geekery'. Lastly, I find theoretical subjects, philosophy and reasoned debate very engaging. I am currently reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. When I have the time I hope to read The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker, which are also by Richard Dawkins.

About Me

GaryMellor.jpg

Email:

<mellor.gary@yahoo.co.uk>

IRC:

garyjmellor on irc.freenode.net

Launchpad:

garyjmellor

Keys:

D1C81890, 9238B4C0

Background: I'm 32 years old and live in England. I am a professional software tester with around 8 years' experience in the industry. I have worked for the following companies:

I have been using Ubuntu for around 8 months and really like it - so much so that I'm now going to start testing it in my free time. I love the whole idea of FOSS and want to help shape Ubuntu for the community.

Why Do I Use Ubuntu?

Having been exposed to Windows 'features' for as long as I can remember in both personal and professional realms, I was on the look out for alternatives. I'd used Unix and Mac at university and I'd heard of Linux. After some Googling, I plumped for Ubuntu and haven't looked back. After just one week of having a dual boot system I decided that Ubuntu (Karmic) was infinitely better than any Windows OS and got rid of the Windows partition completely.:

My Machines

I have two physical systems: a HP 'junker' (with Lucid Beta 1) and a Lenovo 'stable' system (with Karmic). Both systems are laptops. Here are the specs:

Hardware

Hewlett-Packard HP 510

Lenovo G550 2958F3G

Architecture

X86

X64

Chipset

Mobile Intel® 915GM Express

Mobile Intel® GM45 Express

Graphics

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900

NVIDIA® GeForce® G105M

Hard drive

Hitachi Travelstar SATA 60GB @ 7200rpm[2]

Western Digital Black SATA-II 320GB @ 7200rpm[4]

Processor

Intel® Pentium® M (780 - 2.26GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2MB Cache)

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (T6600 - 2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache)

RAM

Crucial 2GB SODIMM DDR2 (667Mhz)[1]

Crucial 8GB SODIMM DDR3 (800MHz)[3]

Wireless

Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 BG [Calexico2]

Intel® PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh]

[1] Replaces manufacturer's standard hardware ().

[2] Replaces manufacturer's standard hardware ().

[3] Replaces manufacturer's standard hardware ().

[4] Replaces manufacturer's standard hardware ().

Testing Interests

Having looked at the Testing Team Activities I am initially interested in testing the following areas:

  • ISO Testing (on my HP)
  • Laptop testing (on my HP)
  • General Testing (on my Lenovo and/or my HP)

I would rather not have to perform any fundamental changes to my Lenovo as that is my stable everyday personal laptop. I am happy to do pretty much anything to my HP.

Hobbies & Interests

I weight train in my spare time and also enjoy bike riding. When I was fitter than I currently am I have previously cycled to the coast for charitable causes. The most I have cycled in a day is 120 miles. I enjoy watching films either in the comfort of my own living room or at the cinema. I like travelling and have spent 3 months in Australia, 9 months in Germany and I've been to various other places on holiday with my favourite place being The Maldives (honeymoon). I also like anything to do with technology and spend may hours performing what I have termed 'geekery'. Lastly, I find theoretical subjects, philosophy and reasoned debate very engaging. I am currently reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. When I have the time I hope to read The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker, which are also by Richard Dawkins.


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