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March, 2009


March 30, 2009  4:55 PM

Windows 7 Exams Are Coming!

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The "Born to Learn" blog from Microsoft Learning is proving to be an effective and useful source of advance information from MS. Call it a "source of planned leaks" and you wouldn't be at all out of line. Fortunately, MS Learning has been forthcoming and straightforward enough for this to be a...

March 27, 2009  5:22 PM

Government Stimulus Comes Home to Roost?

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According to the Washington Business Journal, the DC area was only one of four major metro areas in the US — including also Boston, Dallas, and Houston — to experience job growth in 2008. For...


March 25, 2009  3:44 PM

Whole lotta nothin’ goin’ on…

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My last blog ("It's COLD Out There/Here") not only elicited a couple of comments on the boards, it also stimulated numerous e-mails from other readers who pick the blog up via newsfeeds (for...


March 23, 2009  3:42 PM

It’s COLD Out Here/There…

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In a classic exercise known as "eat your own dogfood" — by which I mean practicing what I'm preaching about hunting for contract and full-time employment by signing up at resume and job-hunting sites — I've been taking a pretty serious shellacking at the hands of recruiters and hiring managers...


March 19, 2009  7:38 PM

ITKE Contest Lets Experts Play on Their Knowledge

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Between March 18 (yesterday) and April 30th (the end of next month) IT Knowledge Exchange (ITKE) members who rack up the most Knowledge Points and ask five IT related questions can win one of three different Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming rigs (an Elite model goes to the top ranked player, a regular...


March 18, 2009  5:22 PM

Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization

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How do you measure unemployment? Well, that depends. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks no fewer than six such measures, though it reports only on one of them as "the official unemployment rate." These measures are known as U1 through U6, where U3 corrresponds to official...


March 13, 2009  4:33 PM

Nearly Everbody Is a Winner! Cisco Flashcards & Simulator

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Cisco Press gave me 5 licenses for each item for the contest, so I'm able to give the first 5 posters a license for the 640-533 CCNA Security exam. That means the following posters should contact me to obtain their license keys--namely:

  • Rob M, Provo, UT
  • Kathy B, Twin Cities,...


March 11, 2009  4:13 PM

In Today’s Job Market, Prospective Employers Want It All

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I was just musing on the state of the current job market, where it's not unfair to say that there are a lot more people chasing jobs than there are jobs chasing people. Once again, I find myself pondering the "Big Three' ingredients that all employers consider when selecting among multiple...


March 9, 2009  7:54 PM

MS Keeps Up Its Training Blitz

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About the same time my MS Partner Program "Learning Curve Newsletter" hit my inbox this morning, I also got some e-mail from MS PR with reference to their latest salvo in the training and certification arena....


March 6, 2009  7:47 PM

Lots of Buzz, and Another Cisco Press Item to Ponder

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We've gotten such a great response to my last posting, that I'm going to extend the contest for the Flashcards and Network Simulator through Friday, March 13 (duh! duh! DUH!!!)....


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