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Hi from NI

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Asenath83, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Asenath83

    Asenath83 New Member

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    Hi there,

    New kid posting here from Northern Ireland here... well, not quite from up here but have been living here for the past 2 1/2 years. I am originally from Germany and currently working at a call centre in Belfast.

    I already thought about doing some IT courses last year through one of those distance course vendors but thought they weren't really worth the amount of money they charge and didn't like their attempt to upsell up tp CCIE. I am also no fan of cramming stuff in my head just for the exam within 3 months and then forgetting half of it again so I decided that IF I decided to pay for a course at all it would have to be something reasonably thorough.

    Bought two books for CompTIA A+ 2006 (Mike Meyers and Jean Andrews) and read through them in my spare time.
    Finally Belfast Metropolitan College had both this course and the Network+ on their schedule, so I signed up for both of them.

    Bad timing that CompTIA updated the A+ last month during BMC's "summer break", I hope we will get to study towards the 2009 exam rather than the 2006 one but I guess I'll know more next Tuesday when the course actually starts. If not you'll probably find me pestering you guys about that bridge exam in a couple of months.

    I just ordered the equivalent of the A+ 2006 books for Network+ 2009 as well and am waiting for the A+ 2009 ones to come out.

    Once I finish these courses (next June) and have some energy left I hope to also do the Server+ and Linux+ ones. The DHTI+ looks tempting too... ah well, we shall see.

    Best regards,

    Asenath
     
  2. BosonMichael
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    Well, the old version of the A+ is still available - you don't have to take the new version. Nor do you need to; I have yet to see an employer ask which version of the A+ a candidate took.

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  3. Asenath83

    Asenath83 New Member

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    Thanks!
    I am aware the old version is still available and valid but given that there's a gap of three years between them I'd be glad if we studied towards the current one. Learned the hard way to keep myself updated a couple of years ago ("Wait, those new mainboards have TWO power connectors?! And I thought mine was broken...").

    That's why I am glad the Linux+ (and Server+?) are still in the process of being updated so when I am ready for those they should be all new and shiny... or something like that.
     
  4. BosonMichael
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    Dude... really, how much has changed in 3 years? :)
     
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    You don't know my luck!
    OK, to be more serious... I'll just wait and see and if necessary compare the two to see what exactly has changed and whether it's worth going for the 2009 one.

    That said, I have downloaded the objectives and acronyms both for the A+ 2009 and Network+ 2009 exams from the website but wasn't happy how they was formated for printing as far as readability went so I basically redid them... I have no idea whether they would be useful to anyone else but woukd it be allowed to post them over in the CompTIA forums?
     
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    I guess you would have to ask them that question :rolleyes:

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    Thanks, I have read a few of your articles here already, really appreciate the work you have put into them!
     

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