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I am a senior support engineer for enterprise storage systems. Day to day duties include network troubleshooting (DNS, routing, etc), system administration, permissions management, custom scripting (Bash/Perl/Python), log file analysis and hardware diagnostics.

I tinker with Bash, VB.net, Python, Perl, Autoit, C and and SQL in my spare time.
I used to be a Telecommunications Specialist (VoIP, Data, Infrastructure).
My degree is in Classical Numismatics and Archaeology.

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comment What is a good age to start teaching a child Ancient Latin and Greek?
@HedgeMage, I understand, but Roman kids did not learn English and Spanish first, where word order does make a difference. I am more worried at the confusion it might cause. However, you are right in that we can create the materials appropriate and just initially ignore the fact that word order makes no difference.
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comment What is a good age to start teaching a child Ancient Latin and Greek?
The problem with Latin is that even simple sentences can be complex. The apple is red can be written so many different ways. puniceum malum est or malum puniceum est or malum est puniceum or puniceum est malum or est puniceum malum are all valid. This isn't a spectacular example, but you can see that it is a bit more confusing than languages where position in a sentence is set and I'm not sure how to address that sort of discrepancy. Or should that sort of explanation wait for a while?
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comment 9yr old kid wants to learn programming, what's the best language to get him started?
Logo to Python is a huge leap. Logo is a good start, but I would use something like Processing (processing.org) as it is a similar concept, but far more developed and will introduce more complex structures. From there I would choose something like FreePascal (Lazarus) or VB.NET as all the fundamental building blocks for any language are there as well as easy to create GUIs. These are good solid steps into the more mainstream programming world of C#.NET, Perl, Python and so on.
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