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If you are talking about user level testing: The less you know about the inner workings (such as C++), the better tester you will be. One of my previous employers always hired students part time as testers: After half a year as a tester, they had learned how to operate the program the way it was intended to be operated - not all the crazy, senseless ways that real users do, causing the crash. So, after half a year, students rarely found more bugs. A new group of students did, though...
This is a variant of the "five year old test": Put your 5yo at the keyboard, telling him "Do whatever you want to make this program stop. If you can show daddy how to make it stop, you'll have an ice cream cone!" That technique can revel a lot of issues that cannot be detected in any other way!
This obviously primarily applies to robustness testing, and to some degree usability testing. (Much too easily, users/testers learn to forget about those things not available or not working as they should.) More formal testing, module testing, setting up automated or semi-automated test procedures etc. is a different matter, and it really doesn't make much difference whether the sofware is a game or an accounting system.
When smartphones started arriving, around 20 years ago, two of my 70+ yo friends were rather enervating: Every time I met them, they were eagerly showing me some new app that they had found to play around with, insisting that I'd be impressed with all the things they could do with it. I think those old graddaddies even where chasing Pokemons...
So, if you are the right kind (e.g. you make sure to find all the pokemons around the office building before entering it for the job interview), then go ahead!
I am sure there are still plenty of people out there who do discriminate on age, so it's hard to say on that part.
Having said that, if you talk the talk then even those with reservations can be persuaded to put them aside. Regardless of age though, you are going to need to fit the spec. Do you play modern games? I am not sure what types of games they test, but are they the types you play? etc.
Also, given it's a testing role, age may even work in your favour if they are smart enough to want to have a broad range of testers.
Finally updated to Win 1903. One of first things I tried to do was adjust the microphone input level, and could not do it the previous way. They stupidified the interface so you have to dig into the control panel in order to change things rather then being able to access it from the task tray.
In addition to my other peeves, like having lost work due to windows updates, and file manager is dog slow compared to the old version, I keep considering trying out Linux. But I absolutely need Microsoft Office (including Access). Does anyone have any experience with CrossOver Linux, or something similar that allows you to run Office? What is the best alternative?
(maybe just dreaming for now, as I still like Visual Studio)
Office doens't play well with WINE on my machine, but it may work for you. Added benefit of a VM is that you can easily replace it; if an update or error borks your machine, you replace the original copy of the VM.
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Thanks, but I'm not interested in continually paying them for what I already paid them for. It is their greater company's treatment that further pushes me away from giving them more money. I might rethink that if they brought regular menus back to office, but since they don't listen to me, the chance of that is minimal.
In that case you should check for other office options than Microsoft Office - there will be no other version that the Office 365, which works only if you have an account, which means monthly fees... (and it does not matter that you installed a local instance of the software, it is still bounded to the account)
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you should check for other office options than Microsoft Office
Or just keep what I have. Knowing VBA, and being ale to massage Word docs through Access or Excel, I can't imagine it ever being unable to do what I need. It is a hell of a suite, regardless of what some think of it.
not interested in continually paying them for what I already paid them for
This was my reason for getting rid of 365, however after a year of online crap and other suites I was lured back to MS when I found a pay once version (no ongoing updates) for office 2019, includes Access.
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