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1  CompTIA / Security+ / Free Security+ WikiBook on: June 09, 2007, 11:36:39 PM
I took the notes I used to pass the Sec+, and organized them into a wikibook.

Please feel free to try it out.

http://it-careers.pbwiki.com/CompTIA_Security_Plus
2  CompTIA / Other CompTIA certifications / Project+ on: June 02, 2007, 08:20:30 PM
The project+ covers the basic of project management. I have it, and have found it to be worthless. Employers want PM experience, which is why they prefer the PMI.

I have organized my study notes into a wikibook, which you are free to use.

it-careers.pbwiki.com/CompTIA_Project_Plus

These notes should be all you need to pass the exam.

The difficulty with the Project+ exam, is that it is very vauge. The questions are extremely ambiguous, even by comptia standards.
3  CompTIA / Other CompTIA certifications / Free Project+ Wikibook on: June 02, 2007, 08:13:53 PM
I took the notes that I used to pass the exam, and compiled them into a "Wikibook."

Not promoting anything, just giving away my notes.

Believe it, or not, these notes should be all you need to pass the exam.

I also have my Net+ notes available, and should have other notes available soon.

it-careers.pbwiki.com/CompTIA_Project_Plus
4  CompTIA / Network+ / Free Net+ Wikibook on: June 02, 2007, 08:07:44 PM
I took the notes that I used to pass the exam, and organized them into a "Wikibook"  in case anybody else wanted to use them.

I am not promoting anything, just offering  these notes to anybody who might want them.

Any feedback appreciated.

BTW: I think wikis could be a great way to  collaborate on studying.

it-careers.pbwiki.com/CompTIA_Network_Plus
5  Other IT certifications / Linux/Unix / Describe RHCE exam? on: August 20, 2006, 03:52:18 PM
Can anybody explain what sort of thing a test taker has to do? Without posting anything illegal, or that would break any agreement (of course).

I know you have to install redhat. But what sort of troubleshooting, or configuration do you have to do?

Install software? Install drivers? Fix machine that can not boot? What?
6  General discussions / General Discussion / Online Degrees Worth it or Waste of time on: August 31, 2005, 01:52:59 AM
I tried to reply to this post before, but   I somehow created a new thread. Anyway:

Make sure the degree is regionally accredited. Otherwise, you might as well award the degree to yourself.

I have a distance degree, form Thomas Edison. It's okay, but not as valuable as a traditional degree.
7  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / In IT, job security is a joke on: August 28, 2005, 02:21:04 PM
IT is probably the least secure of any career field. You can get dumped at the drop of a hat, for no good reason, and finding another job can be very difficult.

Age matters in IT more than other fields. Many companies consider a programmer to be washed up at 35.

Employers are exporting IT jobs as fast as they possibly can. Going into IT now would be like going to automobile  manufacturing, or the steel industry, in the 80s.

I am 46, and have worked in IT since I was 20. If I could turn back the clock, I would stay as far away from IT as possible. The period from 1995 - 2000, was extremely unusual, there is no reason to think it will ever happen again. Now there is a huge glut, and there will be for quite some time.

JMHO.
8  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / Why bother? on: August 28, 2005, 05:13:40 AM
I have over 25 years in IT, two college degrees (math w/comp sci concentration, and business), graduate work in project management, I have held secret and top-secret clearances, and I have a fair number of certifications. I program in several languages, and have tons of experience in systems and networks.

I was out of work for years, I have only recently got a full-time job; and it's shift work. I'm only making about $50K/year.

I'd get out, if I could, but after doing IT for so long, nobody will even consider me for anything else.

I have a relative who was a GS-16, an IT manager for the federal government. Now he is driving a truck.

Are you really sure you want IT for a living? As IT jobs keep getting exported overseas, the field will only get worse. You say you're 28 now? A lot of companies consider an IT worker washed up at 35. Kids are getting out of high-schools with their CCNA, A+, and MCSE.
9  CompTIA / Other CompTIA certifications / Project + materials needed. on: August 26, 2005, 10:58:50 AM
You can take a look at my notes if you like. It's really about you need to pass.

sncg.us

BTW: I have found the cert to be totally worthless.
10  Other IT certifications / Sun Solaris / was it worth it? on: August 26, 2005, 10:56:14 AM
Has anybody here passed the sun admin cert exam, and found it worthwhile?
11  General discussions / General Discussion / distance degree on: August 26, 2005, 02:03:22 AM
Make sure the degree is regionally accredited. Otherwise, you might as well award the degree to yourself.

I have a distance degree, form Thomas Edison. It's okay, but not as valuable as a traditional degree.
12  General discussions / General Discussion / Bush $286.5B "Pork" bill - pay at the pump on: August 13, 2005, 12:07:23 PM
That's Billion, with a "B." It's called a transportation bill, but it's actually pork barrel spending (take a look at it if you don't believe me).

Bush is loving it, he can blame the increase at the pump all on the Arabs.

BTW: I am by no means a liberal or democrat.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20050810/cm_usatoday/petprojectsmakeroadsbillarealluluofexcess
13  General discussions / General Discussion / What's in a name? on: August 12, 2005, 11:24:06 AM
All JMHO. I would be interested to know what others think.

Is it just me, or do other think that a lot certs have idiotic names? I think cert naming practices should follow standards established by other disciplines like MD or CPA. Simple, discernible, and meaningful designations. IMO: cert designations should be descriptive, non-pretensions,  and seem serious and professional.

One of the worst cert naming organizations, IMO, is CompTIA. Starting with their A+ cert. First, it's not descriptive. If you don't already know that A+ is a cert for computer technology, you would never be able to know from the name. Compare this to a designation like: "Certified Public Accountant" or "Cisco Certified Network Professional." Secondly the "+" does not look especially professional, and often makes searching difficult - it won't work on the dice.com search engine.

I don't believe slang should used in professional certification designations.  You may notice that doctors do not call themselves "saw bones" in their  professional designations. Therefore, I object to the term "hacker" used in any certification name. The term is not technical, it has no specific meaning, and the term is often derogatory. Also, lots of non-technology related jobs roles are called "hacks." I have heard the term used to describe cab drivers, prison guards, and writers (not to mention smokers and hacky-sack players).

Who ever thought up the laughably pretentious term "web-master" ? Do we have code-masters or router-masters? Besides in what way does somebody master the web? Using the web? Administering web-severs? Developing code? Which code?

I have respect for actual engineers. By actual engineers I mean people who have gone to college for at least four years and majored in something like "electrical engineering." Those people have worked hard and sacrificed and deserve a prestigious title. IMO: you don't become an actual "engineer" by taking a few 80 question exams at Prometrics, or whatever. As such, the "engineer" term should be dropped from such designations as CNE or MCSE.

Again all JMHO.
14  Other IT certifications / Linux/Unix / old linux+ on: July 03, 2005, 02:29:48 AM
I just read on the comptia site that the old exam will be retired on 31-July-2005.
15  Other IT certifications / Linux/Unix / Better to take XK0-OO1 or XK0-002? on: July 03, 2005, 02:26:44 AM
The XK0-OO1 will retired 31-July-2005, so  there is still time to take it.

I ordered the Sybex book for the XK0-002, thinking th XK0-001 had already been retired, but I'm sure the book can be used for the old exam.

I think the older exam might be easier. There are fewer questions, and the passing grade is lower. And usually the older exams are easier, I think.

Of course the newer exam would be more relevant, but I don't employers know that.

I understand the old exam is largly focused on hardware. That would be easier for me. I know that stuff pretty well, and I just passed the A+ about two weeks ago.

If they're changing the objectives, does that mean they are changing all of the questions? I would guess: no.

Any thoughts?
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