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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


Oct
7
comment What toys tend to be a child's favorite, and why?
Very true, every new toy gets played with a lot for the first few days then it slacks off. Good points!
Oct
7
comment What are best practices for managing student-teacher relationships?
Thanks, but I read your question differently - "getting students to manage their relationships with teachers" to me is giving the students the responsibility for this. I email with my sons teachers when the need arises, and I bet if the kids were older (he is in 1st grade) there might be an option there to so. Still I wouldn't want to manage, then you intercede, I'd rather facilitate and get the student/child empowered to handle the relationship.
Oct
3
comment When should a child see Star Wars: A New Hope
I like the question and I'll upvote if it's reworded, as it stands it's vague. There are similar TV show questions already here that would give a good format for rewording like the Doctor Who or Terrorism questions
Oct
3
comment When should a child see Star Wars: A New Hope
+1 for not jamming it down their throats, our children may come from us but that doesn't mean they will like the same things we do.
Sep
30
comment What are some fun (no TV or computer) activities that a 2 year old and a 4 year old would enjoy together?
+1 Very true, my sons do the same. The oldest is the leader and the youngest only wants to do what the older is doing, and building blocks is the best example.
Sep
30
comment What are the pros and cons of using a nanny-cam?
Agreed with cabbey my state has strict laws on recording of people over phones and in homes, not others in the US do. You'd best talk to a lawyer about that. Regardless, the video in that site looks very staged, I saw a few edits that showed me things were not the way they appeared
Sep
28
comment What are some fun (no TV or computer) activities that a 2 year old and a 4 year old would enjoy together?
I love the gardening part, though I never got my oldest to understand the difference so I just give him a spare area to dig in - that keeps HIM amused. Not so much for the youngest though.
Sep
26
comment How can I potty train my 4 year old daughter?
When she says she doesn't like it anymore, do you know why? Confronting the fear usually means really making sure the kids understand what they are afraid of, whenever you can get there which is sadly not always the case.
Sep
23
comment What should parents consider when selecting a pacifier?
These are the criteria I used to make my selection. And buy multiples, I have no idea how but these things disappear like socks and pens!!
Sep
23
comment How young is too young to start wearing makeup?
+1 This says it all to me, it's all about what you as a parent feel is right. Every child is different.
Sep
9
comment How can I encourage my 2 year old to drink milk from a sippy/drinking cup?
We've used straw cups and sippy cups with success in transition, it was good to mix them up and if you find ones with a slightly tight fit with the straw you won't get much spillage with the inevitable tossing of the cup.
Sep
6
comment Can you effectively influence the behavior of a 6 month old?
This would be my tactic, I've found that my kids respond to actions that I respond to, if I find it funny or act in an approving manner I will more than likely see that behavior again. If I ignore it, then it lessens the chance of that behavior repeating. Raspberries during eating are minor, you'll have larger items coming once mobility arrives.
Sep
2
comment Should I monitor my child's internet usage?
I like the decreasing supervision, as to logging I don't see a problem with that. You can always just review the sites they are going to, not the individual pages - so you at least know where they are going.
Sep
2
comment Should I monitor my child's internet usage?
It's easy for us, we have two computers that my son could use. One is basically the main home machine, that I mainly use but its downstairs in the "office" and no one is allowed there unsupervised. Second computer is my wife's laptop that she uses a lot - we allow it to be used since it's generally in the room we are in so there is supervision. I don't see this changing for a long while.
Sep
1
comment How do I help my son with fine motor skills?
Yeah, my son does the same thing sometimes. Either it's "nothing happened" or he finds it too hard, so I just try a different line of questioning. Good luck with it though.
Sep
1
comment What size schoolbag is good for a first-grader?
Agreed, my wife buys stuff one size too big expecting our son to grow into it.
Aug
31
comment How can I help my pre-schooler to relax and fall asleep?
I've had the same problem, and sort of still do, many times I cannot fall asleep without imagining something. Although now I am far better at it than I used to be, what got it working for me was imagining myself falling and that usually did it.
Aug
29
comment Is it ever okay to tell a kid you disagree with their parents?
Agreed, you don't need to drive a wedge between yourself and the parents. Plus, just because your opinion is opposite the parents it doesn't mean you have to let the kid think you disagree, it's just everyone has different opinions. A good way to introduce diversity of ideas to kids.
Aug
26
comment What techniques can keep a reluctant pre-schooler on a morning schedule?
+1 for not rushing and the boob tube...loved that expression growing up
Aug
25
comment How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
I've had hit and miss with rewards, my oldest doesn't really get the concept even when we make a big deal of it. I'm hoping my younger does better.