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December, 2010

December 30, 2010  3:34 PM

Say goodbye to 2010, hello to 2011

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I can't say I'm unduly sorry to see 2010 come to an end. For most of this year, the IT job market (and career development activity) has been going sideways rather than significantly up or down. In fact, we saw only bare increases at any time during the year for either general or IT employment, with...

December 29, 2010  7:21 PM

Holiday Distraction 2: The Vital Importance of Disciplined Queuing

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In computer science the way in which service requesters line up and obtain processing is called a "queuing discipline." The average wait time to process a service request depends on how long the line of pending requests is (queue length), how that line gets organized and handled (queue delay), and...

December 20, 2010  9:28 PM

Something about the Exchange MCM

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This morning, I had the good fortune to get into a conference with David Bjurman-Birr, the Program Manager for the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM): Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 credential. This...

December 17, 2010  7:48 PM

Understanding the MTA certification

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In yesterday's blog on the MS IT Academy I alluded to a conversation with Microsoft that I held on Tuesday, December 14 with various employees of...

December 16, 2010  3:56 PM

Interesting doings at the Microsoft IT Academy; More lie ahead!

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In a short but free-wheeling conversation with Lutz Ziob, General Manager of Microsoft Learning, and Jeff Johnson,  North America Academic Area Lead, Microsoft Learning on Tuesday, December 14, about the Microsoft IT Academy program, I learned lots of interesting stuff as I sought to follow up on...

December 14, 2010  4:39 PM

Cisco Ups Its IPv6 Ante with Strong Cert Coverage

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I held a very interesting phone conversation with Fred Weiller yesterday. Mr. Weiller is Director of Marketing for Cisco Learning, and our appointed topic of conversation was coverage of and focus on IPv6 protocols, tools, and technologies across Cisco's learning portfolio. This conversation came...

December 13, 2010  3:38 PM

Windows 7 Has a Banner First Year, But…

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There's a classic example in b-school circles that's used to explain mis-guided (or at least, mis-placed) development and investment emphasis. It's applied to buggy whip manufacturers who, even after the automobile started to stake out a growing stake in the transportation marketplace, kept on...

December 13, 2010  2:59 PM

Do Local Glimmers of Hope on the Job Front Mean Anything? Mebbe…

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While listening to my local NPR affiliate this morning ( I caught an interesting story during the local news segment that's presented at six minutes past the hour during the broadcast. A local KUT reporter interviewed...

December 10, 2010  6:42 PM

See your friendly neighborhood MCT for a great deal on MS Cert exams

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December 8, 2010  2:16 PM

No Sooner Said, Than Done…Wrong!!

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In my last blog here "2010 Employment Situation Ends With a Whimper," I believe I summarized the tone and the conclusions of the most recent employment situation summary...

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