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Saved from the web by a job in industry. Coding GUI for computer-aided railway realignment machinery.

At last a job where I have time to do stuff properly and don't have to worry about loads of unfixed bugs coming back to haunt me.


Nov
7
comment When and how should I teach my kids to touch-type?
Yes, and no. The big problem with typing is being 'good enough'. I know programmers who've been programming for decades, and still hunt and pecking (with varying numbers of fingers). And even though I learnt to touch type, my backspace key still sees far more wear than the others. I am totally in favour of abandoning joined-up writing and going straight to the keyboard ;)
Nov
3
comment When and how should I teach my kids to touch-type?
Of course, if you can touch-type, you don't need to change the keyboard, just the driver :)
Nov
3
comment When and how should I teach my kids to touch-type?
I'm not sure I buy that stuff about motor coordination. I started piano lessons when I was 6. Is there some qualitative difference between playing the piano and typing? I'm more convinced by finger-span.
Nov
2
comment When and how should I teach my kids to touch-type?
Thanks, I think you're right about when and how. It'd be Qwertz anyway here :) Looks like I need another excuse for DIYing a Das Keyboard :)
Nov
2
comment When and how should I teach my kids to touch-type?
@AarthiDevanathanΨ, you forgot Typing of the Dead :) I learnt with the simplest of DOS programs, can't remember the name right now.
Nov
2
asked When and how should I teach my kids to touch-type?
Nov
1
comment What can be done to help bright children stuck in a boring school?
People interested in this topic might like to look up John Holt...
Nov
1
comment When is it too old to go Trick or Treating?
I'm in Switzerland, and generally don't generally 'reward' ghouls, zombies and monsters, but a solitary ten-year-old dressed as Charlie Chaplin turned up last night, complete with 'dance' routine. Even treated us to a slapstick 'falling down the steps' after receiving his booty!
Oct
6
comment Is “hot saucing” bad parenting?
@Christine, I didn't interpret anything written here as implying spanking should be used as punishment. Also note that in your first comment you treat 'spank' and 'hit' as synonyms. I don't think they are.
Sep
11
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Sep
11
comment Are there any studies about whether learning to read in two languages is slower?
Wow! Excellent answer, thanks very much!
Sep
11
accepted Are there any studies about whether learning to read in two languages is slower?
Jun
1
awarded  Quorum
Jun
1
comment Are there any studies about whether learning to read in two languages is slower?
@Beofett, the former. I can't imagine anyone learning a new language and learning to read at the same time!
May
30
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May
30
awarded  Student
May
30
comment Are there any studies about whether learning to read in two languages is slower?
@Lennart, revised my question a bit.
May
30
revised Are there any studies about whether learning to read in two languages is slower?
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May
29
asked Are there any studies about whether learning to read in two languages is slower?
May
29
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