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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 9, 2009  11:52 AM

Evaluating A New Prospective Employer



Posted by: Ed Tittel
employer/company checklist, evaluating a prospective IT or technical employer, IT career planning, IT job hunting

Though times are tough, and jobs are tight in this era of recession and downsizing, new job opportunities do still pop up from time to time. But with the consequences of a bad choice even more negative than usual — as in "What happens if the new job doesn't work out?" with no place else to land...


September 8, 2009  1:20 PM

Dice Pinpoints Top 10 IT Skills



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT job search, Top IT job areas, Top IT job locales

In a survey conducted by Dice and reported in Windows IT Pro on August 13, you will find a list of the most difficult skill sets or positions to fill in today's IT job market. This list makes for interesting...


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