Oshwah and his crazy hair
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Oshwah is my username. I began contributing to Wikipedia in 2007. After a few years of vandal fighting, discussing AFDs, patrolling new pages, and assisting new editors, I took an extended leave of absence in 2011 to focus on my education (you'll notice a large gap in my contributions - software engineering and applied mathematics isn't easy). After graduating from college and becoming established in my Software Engineering career, I returned to Wikipedia to resume where I left off.
If you're not on IRC, you'll typically run into me through Huggle, AIV, RFPP, UAA, ACC, and ANI, or in various other places where vandalism, trolling, and abuse is taking place. I've been patrolling recent changes and removing vandalism and disruption for over 8 years now. I started in 2007 by performing each revert and leaving warnings completely manually. I then progressed to using Twinkle and Lupin's tool to make the process of locating bad faith edits and reverting them much easier. After the rollback user right became unbundled from the admin toolset in 2008, I expanded my involvement after being one of the first editors to have it granted to an account. Many years later, I now direct, manage, recruit, and participate in a significant amount of
of areas and projects on Wikipedia.
People often ask me why I spend so much time doing it. The answer is simple: I enjoy it. Everyone on Wikipedia should be volunteering in places they enjoy. Otherwise, what's the point? :-)
I started using a computer when I was 5 years old - a Compaq computer with a 200MHz Intel Pentium processor, 48MB of SDRAM, and two USB ports on the back. It may seem standard to today's average computer user, but the fact that the computer provided SDRAM, USB output, and the fact that it included a sound card and an internal 56K modem set my parents back ~$2500 at the time. I used it to play the many old computer games that it came with, such as Star Wars: Rebel Assault II, Star Wars: Dark Forces, StarCraft, and Jurassic Park: Chaos Island. At age 7, I was proficient enough to teach my parents (mostly my dad) how to install programs, write documents, print, access the internet, and fix the many stupid things that he would do to break his Operating System. I built my first computer at 10 years old: a Slot 1 Pentium II Processor at 400 MHz, 128 MB of SDRAM, a Voodoo3 2000 GPU, and an ABIT (BH6 Model, I think?) motherboard given to me by my uncle. It wasn't the hottest computer on the planet, but building it myself was a huge achievement. I was a computer tech assistant for two years at my Middle School and for four years at my High School. I learned to handle helpdesk tasks, work with switches and networking equipment, address network and IP Addressing issues, perform server administration tasks (domain controllers and active directory), and I did a lot of computer repair. I put enough time into learning all things computer-related, that I was mostly self-taught in many Information Technology skills and concepts by the time I entered college.
Quotes that speak for me
"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge."
- Thomas Carlyle
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination"
- Albert Einstein
"Raise your words, not your voice. It is the rain that grows flowers, not thunder."
"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings."
- Salvador Dali
"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."
- William James
"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."
- John Burroughs
"What care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today."
- Edgar Allan Poe
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough."
- Mark Twain
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