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October, 2009


October 30, 2009  3:21 PM

ISC-Squared Finally Begins Move Away from Pencil&Paper Testing

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It's funny how information sometimes shows itself to those who care to look for it. Now with over 60,000 CISSPs certified world-wide, and with surely two or three times that many professionals across all of its half-dozen certifications, I've always found it interesting that the (ISC)2...

October 28, 2009  5:07 PM

MS, Prometric Team Up to Offer Student Exam Discounts

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What with Prometric being Microsoft's primary global testing center operator nowadays, I guess the two companies simply had to team up to make their recent "learn.grow.succeed" program workable. Here's the...


October 23, 2009  4:21 PM

Thinking About Presentation Skills in IT

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On Wednesday, I posted a mini-review of Alan Carroll's book The Broadband Connection, which aims to help IT professionals prepare, deliver, and manage...


October 21, 2009  2:39 PM

A New Age Guide to IT Presentation Skills?

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About two months ago, I got a very nice letter from Adrienne Lang, a marketing associate at boutique publisher BenBella Books in Dallas, TX. She recommended one of her books to me for review in this blog, and described it as follows:

In The Broadband Connection, Alan...


October 19, 2009  2:41 PM

Interesting Employment Info Source

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For this blog, I lean heavily on the monthly employment situation summaries from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But there's another, more commercial source of employment information out there to which I'd like to point for today's blog. It's Manpower, Inc. a global player in the...


October 16, 2009  4:46 PM

Need a cheaper MCP exam? Ask an MCT

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MCT stands for Microsoft Certified Trainer, and these stalwart and knowledgable professionals make up the backbone of the classroom training industry for Microsoft certification exams. I stumbled across this tidbit of information in the Born to Learn blog while trolling for topics to write about....


October 12, 2009  7:52 PM

College Degree vs. IT Certification: Both Beat Either/Or

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Ken Rosen posted an interesting blog for Microsoft's "Born to Learn" last week (on October 6, to be precise). It's entitled "Certification or College Degree: Which...

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October 9, 2009  2:43 PM

Where the IT Jobs Might Just Be

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I just finished flipping through an online slide deck at Baseline Magazine. It's entitled Where the IT Jobs Are Now and I'm happy to see that it validates several areas...


October 7, 2009  4:43 PM

AVG Free 9.0: Coming Soon

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Of all the free antimalware packages — most notably, Avira AntiVir, AVG Free, Avast!, and most recently, Microsoft Security Essentials — I've had the most experience with AVG Free. I'm currently running AVG 8.5 Free on at least 4 systems (all test machines: 2 notebooks and 2 desktops) and also...


October 7, 2009  4:24 PM

Even UT takes an IT layoff hickey

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Part of my morning ritual consists of listening to local NPR affiliate station KUT, which intersperses snippets of local news along with the national and global news that NPR reports on "Morning Edition." This morning, I heard that big local employer UT Austin just laid 25 people off in its...


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