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November, 2008


November 28, 2008  4:17 PM

Black Friday Could Be “the Bomb” for Home/Personal Computing

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Hey Readers! If you've been putting off a purchase of a new notebook or desktop PC, or other computing gear for home or personal use, TODAY might be the day to raid the exchequer and plunk down some of that hard-earned cash on gizmos, gadgets, or gear. In researching and contributing to an...

November 26, 2008  5:00 PM

Nice Plug from a Nice Blog(ger)

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I hope those of you who dig into blogs on TechTarget's IT Knowledge Exchange take the time to explore the many other offerings available through this excellent information exchange and public forum. In case you haven't checked out Suzanne Wheeler's "


November 24, 2008  5:51 PM

MS Re-Betas Exam 70-563 on .NET 3.5 Development

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Over the weekend (11/22) Microsoft Learning Manager Jeff Koch re-opened the beta for exam 71-563 Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. Remember, most MS exams start with 71 in beta, which changes to 70 when they go into production, so this exam...


November 21, 2008  9:45 PM

The New and Improved Shape of CompTIA A+

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The A+ PC Technician certification has been around for some time now (just over 15 years as I write this blog). In keeping with CompTIA's 3-year update/revision cycle on this exam, it's getting ready to morph itself again in 2009. This time the exam structure has been broken up into two parts,...


November 19, 2008  5:01 PM

The Human Side of IT: Softly Practice the Softest of Skills

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As I try to broaden my personal horizons and learn how to be a better IT worker myself--so as to be better equipped to dispense advice to others--I've learned that this means I need to work on my people skills as and when opportunities present. Luckily for me, I've got a nearly five-year-old son,...


November 18, 2008  1:17 PM

Write a Better Resume

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I've gottne lots of email in response to two recent postings: Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites and


November 14, 2008  3:24 PM

A Conversation with Bill Wall, MS Director of Certification and Career Excellence, about performance based testing

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To begin today's blog, I need to disclose some shared background and history with Mr. Wall. He's the guy who developed the Novell Certified Engineer (CNE) program at Novell at the same time that I worked there (from 1987 through 1994) and who developed Novell's excellent performance based testing...


November 12, 2008  4:47 PM

TechKnight Does It By the Numbers, Gets a Complete Answer

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Looks like some people actually do their homework here. I got this comment posted to my "7 Questions" blog, wherein I laid out some queries to enable advice-seekers to get...


November 10, 2008  8:18 PM

And now, a word from the “Brazen Careerist”

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OK, so I'm wriiting an IT career development and enhancement blog. I hope that means it makes sense for me to turn to other career blogs from time to time, for information, advice, and even a good laugh. Those of you who've been reading this blog since it kicked off in mid-August 08, already know...


November 7, 2008  9:26 PM

Pros and Cons of Resume Posting Sites

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If you've looked for a job, or even just thought about looking for a job recently, you've probably visited one or more of the resume posting sites on the Web. A large number of such operations exist, at the same time that more and more companies are using similar technology to field direct...


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