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May, 2010

May 28, 2010  7:33 PM

New Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Available

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Win7 Upgrade Advisor updated, Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

I was just poking around in the MS Download Center, and I discovered that a new version (2.0.4000.0) of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor has been available...

May 28, 2010  7:21 PM

Turning Little Corners, Everywhere

Posted by: Ed Tittel
faint personal signs of improving work conditions, More signs of economic improvement, personal opporunities for IT work on the rebound

In the past couple of months, I've written about various signs that the economy is finally turning around, small step by agonizing small step. You can find me writing about improvements in employment, small jumps in manufacturing, and even tiny increments of job growth here and there. Today, I had...

May 27, 2010  4:27 PM

Get Involved to Get a Job

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT employment, volunteer work experience counts, volunteering can provide job opportunities and contacts

It might seem countintuitive for new or pending IT graduates to read that by giving of their time, skills, and knowledge they may very get something substantial in return. Although it's unlikely that recent grads will luck into a job with the very group or organization they might choose to support...

May 25, 2010  1:47 PM

SharePoint 2010 Beta Exams Now Underway

Posted by: Ed Tittel
71-573, 71-576, 71-668, check out SharePoint 2010 beta exams, SharePoint 2010 beta cert exams available

Check out Gerry O'Brien's 5/19/2010 posting to the MS Born to Learn blog: it's entitled "Register for SharePoint 2010 Beta Exams." The open period during which...

May 25, 2010  12:19 AM

The Creeping Pace of Change and Improvement

Posted by: Ed Tittel
another small sign of jobs improvement, Austin economy shows employment uptick, positive job growth for Austin, TX

I got a real sense of the way things will apparently be turning around in our economy last Friday, when my local paper reported with some fanfare "Austin job numbers improving" as the local employment rate finally edged into positive territory. To get a sense of what I mean, take a look at this

May 20, 2010  2:13 PM

Cisco Pushes Cert Programs Out to Five Levels

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Cisco cert program grows to 5 levels, Cisco certifications, new entry-level and ultra-senior certs add to Cisco cert ladder

It's been a while since I dropped in on the Cisco Certifications Home Page, so I thought I'd pop in to see what was new and interesting. While I'd been aware of various...

May 17, 2010  2:23 PM

Interested in a Networking Job?…So Is Everybody Else!!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
advice for recent graduates on finding IT employment, IT career advice, IT careers in networking

In the past weeks, I've gotten a handful of emails from students facing matriculation and the job market, asking for my opinion on whether or not networking is a good area within IT to chase after. The good news is that because networks are everywhere, so are networking jobs. The bad news is that...

May 14, 2010  4:18 PM

Federal IT Security Roles Get Their Own Certs

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Federal IT infosec certifications, FITSP program, infosec certification

I just got an email the other day from my friend and colleague Clement DuPuis, the guy behind the terrific website and a real information security maven in his own right. He wrote me to let me know that he's working with the Federal IT Security...

May 13, 2010  1:21 PM

Architect Cert Landscape Undergoes Sea Change

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft drops vendor-neutral software architecture certifications, Microsoft provides support and funding to software architecture crednetials from The Open Group and IASA, Microsoft reshapes MCA program

Back in 2005, Microsoft was one of the first companies or organizations to introduce a software architecture certification — in this case, the Microsoft Certified Architect or MCA. With a resurgence of vendor-neutral architect credentials like those from The Open Group and the International...

May 12, 2010  2:51 PM

Microsoft Learning Goes Vets One Better

Posted by: Ed Tittel
$2M cash + $6 M in products = MS veteran program, Microsoft Elevate America initiative, MS offers veterans support

Back in March 2010, Microsoft announced a special Veteran's intiative called Elevate America to provide technology skills and related resources for returning military...

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