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1  General discussions / Programming Forum / which Programming language? on: August 30, 2005, 01:17:17 AM
I personally suggest a class.  I find most programming books don't do a good job of reinforcing the concepts learned through programming exercises.  Taking a class will force you to practice learned concepts.  Another point is that by taking a class you will see different angles of approaching problems and the more code you get exposed to the better off you'll be.

But if you don't have the time to do a class, then self-study is your only real option.  As other previously mentioned you will have to be completely determined as this is much harder than networking.  

I personally recommend you study C, C++ and then Perl and VB (for Windows admin).  Although C/C++ may not necessarily help you in networking it will provide a solid foundation to move to other languages.
2  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / Advice on the next career move on: February 04, 2005, 06:18:21 PM
Rattlerman, if you like the job you're doing then by all means stay but if you aspire to do more and think you would get bored of the job really quickly then use it as a stepping stone towards the top to where you ultimately want to be.

That's my 2 cents.
3  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / Advice on the next career move on: February 02, 2005, 08:06:33 PM
Thanks for the advice.  It's very interesting to hear arguments for both sides from experienced people.  

As an update, I spoke to the person who handles program co-ordination for programming and they said I would be able to finish the program in 16 months because I will get credits for my previous program.  This will actually allow me to achieve the diploma two months after my 24th bithday.    

4  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / Advice on the next career move on: January 29, 2005, 03:32:15 AM
Originally posted by darthw
If nothing else, being well-rounded could be a real plus in your long-term career.  

That's the thinking I had.  Being well rounded is definitely a big advantage even if I may not use it much.  Also, doing a programmnig diploma will allow the option of carrying credits over towards a Bachelor's degree at University which I may pursue later on in life.  

My goal is to become an I.T. or project manager sometime in my career and having both diploma's may help out a lot.  

Again, thanks for the info.
5  CompTIA / A+ forum / InNeed on: January 28, 2005, 11:51:16 AM
Have you tried a new IDE cable for the hard drive?
6  CompTIA / A+ forum / InNeed on: January 27, 2005, 05:18:58 PM
If it hangs on the copying phase you probably have a problem with how the hard drive is physically mounted in your system.  Specifically the scews used to mount them maybe causing a short.

Try getting new screws or placing them in a different hole.  I know it sounds wacky but I've seen this problem before.  Make sure you use at least 2 screws for each side of the drive.
7  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / Advice on the next career move on: January 27, 2005, 05:00:39 PM
Thanks for the heads up!  The only reason I asked is that I want to be well rounded when it comes to technology.  I see some Unix admin jobs that require C/C++, Perl, PHP and other languages just to administer.  

Anyways, I'll see where life takes me.
8  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / Advice on the next career move on: January 27, 2005, 11:52:57 AM
Hi guys,

I'm a 22 yr old college student who is about to graduate from my 3 yr Computer Networking program this August.  Now, I have 1.5 yr Help Desk experience which I did as my intern at a company and also certifications listed in my profile.

I'm currently thinking about applying to the Computer Programming course which is another 3 years but I can probably accompolish it in 20 months by going to school in the summer semesters too.  

If I take that path, I would finish school just before my 25th birthday.  Do you guys think that's too long to spend in school and I should just find a job and study programming on my own or will gaining two diplomas help me out that much more in life.

Thanks for your input.
9  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-215 / binaries, subnetmask question! on: January 12, 2005, 03:47:43 AM
That question is not mathematically possible unless you use a 1-bit subnet mask which I've heard of but never seen implemented anywhere.

In my case, I would say that question should be thrown out.
10  CompTIA / A+ forum / Question about RAM on: December 20, 2004, 12:59:34 AM
I work at Best Buy's computer department and I had a customer come into the store to return a stick of 256 MB PC133 RAM.  He said the problem was that his computer would only read it as a 128 MB stick.  

Now, I was thinking that he may have maxed out the RAM on his computer but before I could ask that, another employee came into the conversation and said that if your computer is running PC100 then you'll only get half the RAM amount.

I've never heard of this so I was wondering if you guys can verify that.  I always thought that if you stuck a higher speed memory into a lower speed bus, you would still get the same amount of memory except it would run at the bus speed.
11  Cisco / CCNA / TCP Retransmission on: December 15, 2004, 07:50:09 PM
Thanks for the clearup!  Smiley
12  Cisco / CCNA / TCP Retransmission on: December 15, 2004, 01:10:12 AM

According to my Cisco Press book if 4 packets are sent and the second one was received in error, the receiving computer would only ask that packet 2 be resent.

Now, this is contradictory to what I've read in other books where if the second packet was received in error packets 2, 3 and 4 would all need to be resent.

Can someone please clear this up for me?  Thanks.
13  CompTIA / Security+ / Security+ vs. MS electives on: December 10, 2004, 03:25:53 AM
In terms of price, Security+ will cost you more than an MCSE exam.  Personally, I find Security+ an excellent exam if you actually soak in what you learn.
14  Cisco / CCNA / Just saying Hello! on: December 09, 2004, 01:42:41 AM

I'm just saying hello to you guys as I've just got the books to study for CCNA.  

I was a regular on this board during my time pursuing the Plus certifications and my MCSE but I took a long break as I returned to school from my co-op term.  Now I'm ready to get back in the saddle as I have a Cisco routing course at school next semester.  I have to one up the competition.

I'll be around here a lot over the next 5 months.  Talk to you guys soon.
15  CompTIA / A+ forum / cd rom standards on: November 24, 2004, 11:55:42 PM
I don't remember getting any specific questions regarding book colour specifications but the test has changed since then.  I think as long as you know that the CD-ROM standard is ISO 9660, you should be fine.
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