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Ulster Scots

This is part 4 of 5 of McNeill and Beyond Note: This section is taken from History of the Scotch-Irish or Ulster Scot Scotland Most Ulster Scots were in Scotland before they migrated to Ireland. MOST but not ALL.. We’ll discuss where else they might have been later. But for now, where were they in Scotland and when did they move to Ireland and why? Most of them were in areas of Scotland adjacent to Ireland. The largest migration of Scots to Ireland was in the early 1600’s. Due to lack of definitive records, we do not have exact numbers,
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Families and Livelihood

This is part 3 of 5 of McNeill and Beyond The Seven Kingdoms The Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy is the Seven Kingdoms in Britain in the early middle ages. Strathclyde is the Northwestern-most of the kingdoms and includes present day Ayrshire in the Kingdom of Strathclyde. The earliest Anglian settlement established in Northeastern England and Southeastern Scotland was Bernicia, around 420 CE. It was merged with the teritory of Deira to form the kingdom of Northumbria. Bernicia included the area of Galloway. Around 603, the Battle of Degsastan was fought between Anglian king Aethelfrith of Benicia and the Gaelic king Aedan mac
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Ancestral Lands

This is part 2 of 5 of McNeill and Beyond If we go back far enough, our ancestors are from Africa, as are everyone else’s. If we are to talk about a meaningful genealogical timescale, something on the order of human history is needed, not archaeology. The story of families is one entwined with that of the story of homo sapiens and individual people. Therefore, oral and written history is needed as a backdrop. However, it is true that archaeological remains are many times considered a part of human meaning and have value. Essentially this corresponds roughly with the bronze
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Origins and Descendants

This is part 1 of 5 of McNeill and Beyond 3 Things We Know About McNeill There are three stories we are told about the McNeill (and by The McNeill we mean both our earliest known ancestors, the people and culture they were a part of, and of course, ourselves). We hear about the Island of Barra, and its Castle Kisimul as the seat of the McNeills. We hear about the other islands (Gigha and Colonsay), and also about the McNeill name variants as being particular to locations (spelling related to each island, and O’Neill being Irish, McNeill being Scots).
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McNeill and Beyond

This is an extended essay on genealogy and genetic forensics in searching for my male ancestral line. It centers on our emigrant ancestor John McNeill (1680-1765) who emigrated to the American colonies in 1722 and his father Daniel McNeill (1630-1684) who was born and died in Coleraine, Ulster, Northern Ireland. Dedication To my emigrant ancestor and great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather John McNeill (1680-1765) Introduction I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age. — William Butler Yeats Being an old race, an early ancestor of the McNeill was asked by Noah to accompany him on his ark. Our
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Less More – Macbook

I’ve heard the accusations, that Apple is into anorexic design and that the 2015 Macbook is as powerful as a 2011 Macbook Air (though that is an i7 Macbook Air). Since I actually use every day a 2011 Macbook Air (4gb ram, i5, 256gb SSD), I want to comment on this. Performance and Performance For one, performance is measured largely through i/o which is not very accurate regarding day-to-day tasks (yes, I do play some games and watch video, do some video transcoding and editing, but it is not much of the life of use). Limitations over the Years Second,
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Publishing Genre

While there is quite a bit of literary genre everywhere alive and well, there are certain publication genre which are not. The Chapbook (still popular) and the Almanac(k), as well but we don’t hear about it much anymore. Chapbook in the Age of Print-on-Demand The Chapbook seems like a wonder in the age of Print-on-Demand. With a lovely history, the Chapbook nowadays means 40 pages or less. Of course, one can’t get a printed binding at that size, and the economics are not very good, but the e-chapbook should be popular, and of course its cousin the essay, may also
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Buddhism and Economic Development

Buddhism is not some religion of quietism, although it is that as well. But rather, Buddhism as a lived practice (specifically situated, as I am, in mainland Southeast Asia) could potentially inform economic development in the same locale. Let’s find out… The Language of Business As an aside, it is important to criticize those works which remain either hermetical in nature, or deeply embedded in religious discourse, as opposed to economic discourse. When titles such as Buddhist Virtues in Socio-Economic Development are promulgated, it is clear the focus is how one sphere of influence and discourse is supposed to impact
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Etherpad and WebRTC

So, Etherpad is a thing (actually, Etherpad Lite, which is a NodeJS thing). That is, a real-time collaborative editing tool. Essentially the answer collaborative web-based text editors, free and open source. Last year a WebRTC hook and plugin was made available for Etherpad (!!). WebRTC WebRTC is real-time communication for the web. Firefox Hello Earlier in March, 2015, Firefox 36 release came with the Hello feature of WebRTC calling (Firefox account needed, only). That is pretty cool and some say that Firefox is trying to steal thunder from Skype for Web, which Microsoft is supposed to be rolling out with
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fuser and lsof

fuser and lsof are two important tools showing which processes are using what files and/or sockets. Fuser is the simpler one focused on finding out what processes are using a given file (or port), while lsof can list processes without specifying, such as all open sockets fuser fuser stands for file user and lists process IDs of all processes that have one or more file open.1 Since everything is a file (even udp and tcp ports) then those namespaces can be queried and killed. A handy command to kill all processes listed as using a file is: fuser -k filename
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