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September, 2009


September 30, 2009  4:52 PM

Po Bronson Strikes Again with “What Should I Do…” Redux



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT job search, IT job search strategy, job attitudes, job strategy

Back in the last downturn — you know, the dot com bomb that followed the dot com boom in 2001 — Po Bronson, one of my favorite writers came out with a terrific book entitled What Should I Do with My Life?  that explored how best to take advantage of the many, often involuntary...

September 28, 2009  3:40 PM

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on Windows 7 Reliability



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Perfect 10 on Vista Reliability, Windows 7, Windows 7 reliability, Windows 7 Reliability Monitor, Windows 7 vs. Vista reliability

Anybody who reads this blog for any length of time will quickly observe that I'm a nut about Windows reliability, and very interested in how the OS measure same. Starting with Vista, and continuing in Windows 7, there's even a reliability monitor that keeps track of how systems do over time. Here's...


September 28, 2009  3:11 PM

Great Cert Prep Advice From CertMag



Posted by: Ed Tittel
" IT Certification Success, "Learn Smarter: Preparing for a Certification Exam, Certmag.com, IT careers, IT cert prep, IT cert prep advice, IT certification, Luis Carselle

As somebody who's dispensed a great deal of advice on how to prepare for IT certification — including three or four editions of a book called IT Certification Success — I'd like to think that I can recognize good examples of the genre from other writers as well. In...


September 25, 2009  8:06 PM

The MS Cert Exam Beta Invite Process Explained



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MS beta Certification exams, MS certification, MS Certification exams, obtaining a registration code for an MS beta Certification exam, securing an invitation to an MS beta Certification exam

Hooray! Liberty Munson of MS Learning has posted a peachy explanation of how the invitation process works for some of the many Microsoft certification exams that get introduced and updated all the time. Here's the banner for this latest posting on the Born To Learn blog, posted 9/25/09, and...


September 23, 2009  2:48 PM

MS Plays Contrarian for “Careers of the Future”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MS certification, MS Chart Your Career program/promotion

In a recent MS PressPass posting entitled "Message to Students and IT Pros: Prepare Today for 'Careers of the Future'" Microsoft appears to be taking an interesting and contrarian slant on IT...


September 21, 2009  4:33 PM

10 Best Places for Tech Jobs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 employment situation, best high-tech job cities, IT career planning, IT careers, US News & World Reprot "10 Best Places for Tech Jobs"

On September 15, US News and World Report published a story whose title matches that for this blog: 10 Best Places for Tech Jobs. While some of them...


September 18, 2009  4:54 PM

More on Bernanke: It’s No Pleasure to Be Right



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with IT job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation

In following up from my preceding post "Bernanke at Brookings," I've noticed that my reaction to his news about the technical end of the recession mirrors...


September 16, 2009  4:20 PM

Bernanke at Brookings: “Technically, it may very likely be over, but…”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT employment, 2009-2010 IT employment situation, IT career planning, IT careers

The "it" in the title for this blog is the recession, and the but is a big one — namely, that unemployment will probably continue to rise into 2010, and will still probably exceed 10% overall. Brooking has graciously made a video of Bernanke's keynote, entitled "


September 14, 2009  4:30 PM

Retrospective on 2009 IT Jobs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT employment, 2009 IT employment predictions, IT career planning, IT careers

In trying to understand current conditions, it's sometimes interesting to turn back the clock to see what was forecast for the period we're currently occupying. To that end, I found this 14-month old set of predictions from ComputerWorld (7/18/2008) pretty interesting "


September 11, 2009  6:41 PM

In Memoriam: Cecilia Katherine Kociolek Tittel, RN 1919-2009



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Cecilia K Tittel 1919-2009

I got back from a business trip this morning to learn that my Mom, aged 90, passed away peacefully in her sleep last night. She spent the last year and a half of her life in an assisted living facility in Fairfax County, VA, after living with me and my family for just over two years in the home...


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