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September, 2010

September 29, 2010  1:25 PM

MS to Hiring Managers: Would you hire a candidate with newer certs?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Born To Learn blog asks hiring managers about certs and software versions, hiring managers mostly OK with newer certs for positions based on older tech

Deborah Gauer of Microsoft Learning recently posed an interesting scenario  to its IT Manager Advisory Council, to wit:

You are the hiring manager in an organization that is running an older version of Microsoft software (eg. Windows Server 03, Visual Studio 2005, etc.). Would you...

September 27, 2010  4:11 PM

Cisco to Refresh Design Exams (CCDA/CCDP)

Posted by: Ed Tittel
11/8/2010 ushers in new CCDA and CCDP exams, CCDA and CCDP exams get updates, Cisco CCDP ARCH and CCDA DESGN exams refresh on 11/8/2010

As of November 8, 2010, Cisco will be offering updated versions for some of the exams for its Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) and Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)...

September 22, 2010  1:42 PM

Sometimes, you must resist the urge to combo

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCNA is not cert enough for a job guarantee, mid-range Cisco certs more likely to lead to gainful IT employment, no obvous connection between Cisco certification and Chemical Engineering degrees

This morning I took a couple of minutes to clean out my Outlook folders, and found an interesting email in my spam folder where it had been mis-classified, probably because the message sender had crafted some text that made it look like a solicitation of sorts. In reality, the message originated...

September 20, 2010  1:18 PM

Another telling “jobservation” from The Economist

Posted by: Ed Tittel
jobless recovery continues, jobless recovery in the US likely to persist for years, stuck between modest economic growth and miniscule job creation rates

If you're willing to accept the conflation of jobs and observation into the word that appears in this blog's title, you'll also grant that such things have not been overly rosy since 2008, when the recession took real hold in the US and elsewhere. Here's what one of my favorite news publications...

September 17, 2010  3:25 PM

The Real Costs of Certification

Posted by: Ed Tittel
cost of IT certification, lifetime IT cert costs may be higher than you think, six figures for lifetime IT certs may not be that high

In a recent posting to one of my blogs here, a reader indicated that he or she had spent "six figures" on obtaining numerous certifications over the course of a professional career of some standing. At first, I was staggered to read a number of this magnitude, but then upon reflection it occurred...

September 16, 2010  9:46 PM

MCDST Goes Bye-Bye on 3/31/2011

Posted by: Ed Tittel
MCDST and upgrade exams retire on 3/31/2011, MCDST to retire on 3/31/2011, older Microsoft desktop certs headed for retirement

Some recent issue of the MCP Flash newsletter must have shared this news, but I'll be darned if I can find the actual word that the exams for the Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician (MCDST) would be retired on March 31, 2011 anywhere. You can see the "exam retires" news for both 70-271 and...

September 13, 2010  6:37 PM

Global Knowledge Comes Through With a Cool Infosec Training Catalog

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Global Knowledge offers good mix of infosec classes, Global Knowledge seeks to prepare customers for 8570.1 compliance, Global Knowlege infosec training catalog

Heh! I get phone calls from telemarketers all the time because I often have to register for downloads that I want to write about for this blog and other Websites and publications. I'm sure I've got another phone call from Global Knowledge coming, thanks to what I'm about to tell you here (in fact,...

September 10, 2010  3:04 PM

Windows 7 Coming to A+

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Emmett Dulaney at CertCities reports that Windows 7 questions will be integrated into A+ exams, next A+ revision not likely until late 2011 or early 2012, Windows 7 content slated for next A+ revision

In a story for CertCities dated 8/31/2010, veteran Cert-guy Emmett Dulaney scoops the news that Windows 7 coverage will be included in an as-yet-unscheduled future release of the CompTIA A+ exams....

September 8, 2010  2:52 PM

Establishing a Career Path in Information Security

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Certmag Ken Wagner "Establishing a Career Path in Information Security", great story by Ken Wagner for Certmag on information security career development, Ken Wager on building an infosec career

I was on the masthead for Certification Magazine from 1999 to 2008, both as a contributing editor and for a while also as "Technology...

September 7, 2010  3:01 PM

Here comes IPv6?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IPv6 how-tos and resources, IPv6 on Windows networks, IPv6 rears its head

I just got the green light from the publisher of my college textbook on TCP/IP (Guide to TCP/IP, 3e, by Laura Chappell and Ed Tittel, Course Technology, ISBN: 1418837555) for a new fourth edition to get underway starting next month. Given the final and unavoidable...

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