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1  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / Certifications to the employer? on: April 19, 2007, 12:52:01 PM
I know a lot of employers don't care about certifications, they want education.  Others don't care about education, if you're certified. Some don't care about either - but all want experience.

I've had some experience in the IT industry, but it was right out of high school, so about 5 years ago now.  I'm wanting to get back into the industry again, even if it means I might have to take a pay cut from what I'm currently making.

I'm working on getting certifications -- A+, Net+ & MCDST.  Is anything after this considered overkill for someone just trying to get into the industry? After obtaining those 3 certifications, I would like to get my Security+ and start on my MCSA.  

As soon as I have my A+/Net+ I'm going to start looking for a new position.  There is a possiblity that I may be able to switch departments within the company I current work for (that'd be great!).  Anyway - if that didn't happen, and I was unable to find unemployment elsewhere (I'm limited in the area I'm at currently, but will be relocating in the next 3 or so years) --- would it be bad to have my A+, Net+, MCDST, Security+ & MCP on my resume with little experience? What's been your experience?

I'm also in school right now to get a BS degree in Business Management.  I chose a rather general path to keep my options open.  I'm thinking of minoring in computer networking as well, but time and money will determine that one.
2  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / Re: IT salaries on: April 18, 2007, 11:25:32 AM
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Originally posted by test221
Depends on where you live. Way down south people are paid less but the cost of living is way cheaper  
Depends what part of the south you're referring to Smiley I'm as far south as you can go in the US, and believe me, it is VERY expensive to live here.  $1400 for an efficency + utilities.
3  General discussions / General Discussion / Do you need Vista? on: April 17, 2007, 03:23:20 PM
I have Vista Ultimate.  I've been mostly pleased with it since installing it. As I'm sure you've read many places on the net by now, it is a bit of a memory hog.  I'm running 2gb of dual-channel ddr400 ram, and it seems to run smoothly for me, even during intense gaming.

The only major problem I ran into was my onboard hd sound being supported.  I got the driver from the mobo manf & installed it, and still a no go.  Apperently I'm missing a file in windows for hd sound to work properly.  The only place I could find it was through microsoft, and you need to call technical support to get it.  I kind of screwed myself because I got the OEM version.  The retail version gives you support for 90 days, the OEM one offers nothing. D'oh! I figure eventually, it should be included in a patch (hopefully). For now, I've just thrown in another sound card.  I don't have a 7.1 surround sound to take advantage of the on board sound anyway.

I'm still dual-booting XP Pro though.  Just incase. Smiley
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