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Innovation lessons from Alan Turing and Ada Lovelace
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Pioneering mathematicians Alan Turing and Ada Lovelace were remarkable for connecting "hard" scientific problems with human c    [more]
IT community gathers for Interop conference and expo in NYC
Source: Certification Magazine

Maybe something like this has happened where you work:  A couple of times a year, one of the IT guys, or possibly a coworker who’s particularly jazzed about technology, phones in sick for several days, or perhaps mentions something about heading out of the office for a brief career development sabbatical. There are too many possible destinations to list, but one of the cooler places for tech geeks to slip away and get abreast of some of the latest advances in technology — as well as talk shop with like-minded IT aficionados and maybe even dip into some tech education — is Interop, an independent conference and expo held five times a year at spots around the globe. Three of the Interop events are outside the United States, in Tokyo, Mumbai and London. The flagship Interop conference is held in Las Vegas, typically in April or May. The final Interop gathering of each year is in New York, where the 2014 event kicked off this morning with a workshop breakfast, followed by the immediate commencement of focused workshop events, some lasting three hours and other blocked out for an entire day. CertMag is in New York to get a piece of the action first-hand, so be watching for our in-conference tweets. The first-day workshops included two day-long sessions, one covering”Hands-On Web Application Penetration Testing,” and another digging into “BYOD: Why and How It Should Embrace Mobility.” Shorter, less commitment-intensive sessions ran in three hours blocks and addressed such hot-button concerns as “Managing Applications in a Hybrid Cloud World,”Read More...The post IT community gathers for Interop conference and expo in NYC appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
BlackBerry plans more "disruptive" phones
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

BlackBerry believes it can still make money from hardware, and it may build at least one unconventional smartphone a year amo    [more]
CompTIA CertMaster expands product line with latest CompTIA Security+ Exam
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

CompTIA added to CompTIA CertMaster, the online learning tool that makes learning IT skills accessible, effective and fun, wi    [more]
More Android phones expected to have 64-bit chips in 2015
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

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Fearless forecast: What’s in the pipeline from Windows 9?
Source: Certification Magazine

Windows 8 has been with us for a couple of years now and its reception in the marketplace has been tepid at best. A lot of users found the interface changes in Windows 8 to be unpalatable. In fact, many users elected to keep the familiar environment provided by Windows 7 on their desktops, and not upgrade to Windows 8 at all. Now that a new version of Windows is on the horizon — generally referred to as “Windows 9” — it seems clear that Microsoft is as disappointed with Windows 8 as anyone else. So what can users expect to see from the new release that will rinse away the lingering bad taste of Windows 8? Before we get into it, there are two caveats to bear in mind. First, we don’t yet know what this version of Windows will actually be called. Given the poor overall response to Windows 8 (and the almost equally indifferent reception of the hastily assembled Windows 8.1), it’s fairly safe to assume that the new product will not be called Windows 8.2. The trend in the industry is to refer to it as “Windows 9,” but this name is not actually official. At this point, Microsoft is only calling it “Threshold.” Second, everything you’re about to read is rooted in rumor, speculation, and conjecture. Only a few individuals outside of Microsoft have actually gotten their hands on Threshold. Everything we know at this point is based on a few screenshots and videos thatRead More...The post Fearless forecast: What’s in the pipeline from Windows 9? appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
CertStudent: Overcoming failure by sticking to his certification guns
Source: Certification Magazine

 CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com. There isn’t a whole lot to do in the small town of Hillside, N.J., so Nii Bruce-Vanderpuije and his friends have to create their own fun most of the time. “If working hard is an interesting hobby, then put a check in that box,” says Nii, a recent graduate of PC Age, a regional computer training school with four locations in New Jersey. This energetic hard worker is doing everything he can to make his life in IT a successful one. At a younger age, Nii wasn’t that interested in IT, or in computers for that matter. With an abundance of tech talent, however, and the encouragement of his parents, Nii eventually decided to pursue IT as a profession. So far, he has not regretted it one bit. While at PC Age, Nii worked on an Internetwork Engineering certificate project. It was a project that entailed the deployment of a Windows 7 workstation, replacement and installation of RAM, and more. This project enabled Nii to learn everything from hardware to networking, providing a basic foundation for everything Nii learned at PC Age. His favorite part was working with a group of students to set up a mini-network. It was a great opportunity to play around withRead More...The post CertStudent: Overcoming failure by sticking to his certification guns appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Be prepared: Study is key to conquering Cisco’s CCIE Security exam
Source: Certification Magazine

This feature first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Certification Magazine. One of the most challenging networking credentials in the IT certification world is the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) offered by Cisco. Now imagine combining that clout with a specialization in security. For many networking professionals, a CCIE Security stamp of approval is at or near the top of the career certification ladder. The CCIE Security exam has no prerequisites — though candidates are “strongly encouraged” to have at least three-to-five years of network security job experience— but the exam process is intimidating, to say the least. CCIE Security candidates must pass both a two-hour written exam and an eight-hour, hands-on lab exam. Passing the lab exam, in particular, is sort of like the certification equivalent of wrestling a bear. You don’t want to climb into the ring unless you are feeling like a bit of a bear yourself. It’s the kind of confidence that you can only get from years of experience and months (yes, months) of solid pretest preparation. One potentially vital element of that process is practice labs. If you’re looking for a bit of that iron-sharpens-iron grit, then Natalie Timms’ CCIE Security v4.0 Practice Labs, published in May by Cisco Press, is probably a wise investment. Think of Timms, a networking expert with a nearly two-decade career at Cisco, as being your Jedi Master of CCIE Security. When she’s not consulting, teaching, or working on new training materials, Timms keeps up an interest in realRead More...The post Be prepared: Study is key to conquering Cisco’s CCIE Security exam appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
SpiceWorld 2014 tech conference under way in Austin
Source: Certification Magazine

Going all the way back to at least the debut of Austin City Limits in 1976, the state capitol of Texas has been a ground zero for fun and interesting cultural events. The city is nationally famous for its many annual music festivals, from the jazz, blues, bluegrass and Texas twang of the Old Settler’s Music Festival to the feel-good groove of the Austin Reggae Festival. Movie buffs flock to the SXSW (South by Southwest) and Fantastic Fest film events. There’s even an annual Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival, where attendees consume several thousands pounds of crawfish every year. So it probably makes sense to hold the world’s coolest tech conference deep in the heart of Texas at the Austin Convention Center. SpiceWorld 2014 kicked off on Monday with pre-event workshops, and rolls on through Wendesday, when a raffle and a wrap party will close things down in time for the cinematically curious to drift across town and bask in the final 36 hours of Fantastic Fest. Hosted by the IT networking — the social and professional kind, not the kind with routers and switches — specialists of Spiceworks, SpiceWorld has a connection to film that goes beyond its proximity to Fantastic Fest: SpiceWorld, in addition to sharing its name with gone-but-not-forgotten Spice Girls movie from 1997, was initially held at the famous Alamo Drafthouse movie theater. With several hundred IT pros expected at SpiceWorld 2014, the change to a more expansive venue (officially instituted at last year’s event) was probably in order. CertMag’s own Jed ReisnerRead More...The post SpiceWorld 2014 tech conference under way in Austin appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Webinar: Developing an effective sales structure for managed services
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

CompTIA's next webinar is designed to help IT solution providers, managers and executives of all experience levels gain bette    [more]
Dear CertMag: How do I get started as a certified technician?
Source: Certification Magazine

 Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com. Dear CertMag: I’m a certified technician and have recently completed CompTIA Network+ and Server+, but I have no job experience. What steps can I take to stick out to employers as I apply to entry level help desk support jobs? Your advice is very much appreciated. — Shirley, Los Angeles, Calif. CertMag responds: Although it may seem a chicken-and-the-egg observation, the most critical element of shoring up your job candidacy is to build up that experience! Even if you still are pursuing paid work, there are many nonprofit organizations that accept volunteer assistance with certain types of computer activities. Finding opportunities that allow you to apply your skills and start listing relevant volunteer and freelance work can make a significant difference to how an employer looks at you as an entry-level candidate. One of the common mistakes I have seen many newly certified technicians make is to only apply to roles that are the “dream job.” As a result, they are up against more experienced and credentialed candidates who are likely to eclipse them. The same title, benefits, brand name, and/or perceived job security that is drawing your application to that role is often drawing others as well. As a result, you may need to consider working through an escalating scale of intermediate work to get to the types of work you want. AnRead More...The post Dear CertMag: How do I get started as a certified technician? appeared first on Certification Magazine.   [more]
Firm predicts higher demand for mobile, server DRAM
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

The need for memory chips for mobile devices and servers will drive higher demand for DRAM during the second half of 2014 com  Penn State's Online IT Programs Choose from fully online master's, bachelor's, or associate degree, or undergraduate certificates in IT. Whether you're new to the IT industry, making a career change, or looking to enhance your experience with the reputation of a world-class university, Penn State's online IT programs can get you on your way. To learn more, visit Penn State online IST programs.   [more]
HP announces ARM-based Moonshot servers
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Hewlett-Packard has announced two Moonshot servers that use energy-efficient chips from Applied Micro Circuits and Texas Inst    [more]
Tool kit to help make your voice heard on Capitol Hill
Source: CompTIA SmartBrief

Public policy debates evolve on a daily basis and so must our efforts to shape these debates.     [more]


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