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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


May
24
comment How do you moderate a teenager's obsessive or excessive behavior?
Agreed, you have to consider the activity and what it is you are trying to promote. Sometimes the younger the child the more it will affect them, positively, as they get older. Only you know when something is being abused and how, just tell your children you set strict guidelines and that is it.
May
23
comment How do we teach a pre-schooler about money and shopping?
I'd agree with this but unless kids understand that the allowance does not go as far as they'd like, such as buying that toy or game they want, it's just money that they get. They have to understand that things cost money as well, that is the harder lesson to teach.
May
23
comment Is starting a small fire a good way to the explain dangers of flammability?
Yeah, same here but unfortunately our kitchen is limited in space and we have some really good childproof locks installed. Plus the kitchen is gated so we have multiple layers of security.
May
21
comment What should I teach my teenager about condoms?
Good point on pockets, I hadn't thought about carrying them with you...too used to having them at home I guess.
May
20
comment What should I teach my teenager about condoms?
+1 Great point about "it's obvious he doesn't care about you, only about getting laid"...so many times that is glossed over.
May
20
comment When should my child transition from tricycle to a bicycle?
I'm looking at doing this with my next one by taking off the pedals from my older one's bike. I don't need to buy another bike just for one, if I knew about these early on I'd have bought one long ago they look really effective.
May
18
comment What are the (dis)advantages of putting a child in a nursery or pre-school even when one parent is at home?
It's one point madge and off the topic of the question, I just found it less than helpful for the answer or a comment as to how a vast majority of children are there. Same as the kid warehousing, I'm sure they exist but I saw many day cares that were not like that. I think you are mostly overgeneralizing.
May
18
comment What are the pros and cons of a chicken-pox party vs immunization?
I was vaccinated as a kid but got it later on, through school, never did go to a chicken-pox party and only heard about them later. It was an inconvenience but not much more, although it was a very itchy week...I'd say see what happens and don't knowingly expose your kids to something they might get by chance on their own. Some diseases can be avoided and I take that view in my own life.
May
18
comment What are the (dis)advantages of putting a child in a nursery or pre-school even when one parent is at home?
Madge usually I respect your opinions, but this one seems to be more from a bad experience you had, its one answer of yours I disagree with. Few of your points I find self-evident but then everyone has bad experiences. I have never seen ay cares funded only from welfare programs, although I don't run in those circles I don't think they are representative.
May
17
comment Wha should I feed my kids for breakfast?
This seems like the other one Ross posted about eating Bacon everyday...these could be combined...
May
17
comment Is bribing children with cash incentives a good idea?
good question but like many I avoid the bribery for things the kids should be doing anyway, I think it sets a bad example
May
17
comment Anything wrong with eggs and bacon everyday for my kids' breakfast?
Agreed +1! I thought the same thing when I saw bacon everyday, I love it but that's too much for my waist-line1
May
17
comment Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?
Ours were too but they were ok with a slight incline, you don't need much just enough to offset the "gyroscope" but torbeng noted. Now I'm glad to know the name!
May
16
comment My child has chickenpox, am I infectious?
When dealing with infectious diseases like this, especially ones in the immunization regimen, I would avoid seeing an infant. You may or may not carry it, but why tae the chance. +1 on this one!
May
14
comment How do you address hoarding behavior in a primary-schooler?
I'm no psychologist but with this many changes in her life maybe your daughter is looking for some stability, if you have a child counselor it may be worth checking into. Or check and see if your school has a psychologist you can talk to and see if she exhibits these symptoms in school.
May
13
comment What are some milestones a child should reach before learning programming?
+1 on the "to learn" comment, I love that!
May
13
comment Why does my son behave better when he's alone with one parent than with both?
+1 I have the same issue but I haven't tried this one. Brilliant!
May
13
comment Should we circumcise our son?
In America its more normal to be circumcised, I am but did not do it to either of my sons as I would rather something like that be their choice. Though who knows if they will decide.
May
13
comment What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?
My wife noticed this with certain brands of Pampers, good call!
May
12
comment When is it safe to start letting our children go into relationships?
Can you define what you mean by relationships and the age range? Maturity level really matters in this.