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Discussion in 'A+' started by tripwire45, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. tripwire45
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    It's almost here! It's almost here!

    PC Technician Street Smarts, Updated for the 2009 Exam: A Real World Guide to CompTIA A+ Skills

    Second edition out on October 14th in the UK. :biggrin
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    w00t! Congrats, bro!
     
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  3. Hooligan

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    get readin
    report back - mini review
     
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    Congrats, I love a good murder mystery, is there a twist at the end?
     
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    Pre-ordered mine on Amazon a few weeks ago...

    :biggrin
     
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    I suspect Trips 'Review' would be a little biased, given that its his book
     
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    Biased yet very insightful while describing the author's mindset and teaching style?
     
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  8. someperson49

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    Hello

    I am trying to self study for A+ using Mike Meyers All in one (2006) and hopefully plan to complete it before the new tests start.
    I was thinking of getting this book but am not sure, do you think I should get the newer edition even if I plan to do the 2006 A+?

    Thanks alot.

    (And great site btw)
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    If you plan on doing the 2006 version of the exam, I'd get the 2006 version of the book.
     
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    Congrats on the new release, Trip!
     
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    Are the 2006 and 2009 exams going to be available side by side, and would you advise waiting for the 2009 materials if the 2009 exam will be more beneficial to take?

    I've just started the Meyers 2006 book... Hadn't really considered there being a 2009 edition coming anytime soon!
     
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  12. BosonMichael
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    They are currently available side by side. Come February (or possibly later in some locations), the 2006 is going to retire.

    I don't believe either version is "more beneficial" to take. Therefore, I'd recommend pursuing the 2006 exam and knocking it out by February.

    Exams update every so often... always do your research ahead of time. :)
     
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    Cheers for the reply

    So just to be clear, you think I'd be better off keeping my 2006 book, and studying for that exam instead of waiting the 15 days or so for the new materials to come out and getting stuck into the 2009 material?

    I've just been to the CompTIA site and they mention a 'bridge' exam, but then I'd be taking three exams while going over two sets of material for what is essentially one cert... My plan was to take the A+ then move on to the N+ or Microsoft certs.

    When I say 'beneficial' I really just want to know what will look better on my CV, logic tells me the most up-to-date cert surely?
     
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  14. BosonMichael
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    Although you CAN take a bridge exam, you don't NEED a bridge exam. Once you're A+ certified, you're certified for life. I have yet to encounter an employer that actually cared which version of the exam that an employee has taken. There may be one out there... but I haven't met one yet! Nor would I, if I were interviewing someone for a job. In truth, I'd *rather* someone know the "old school" hardware, as long as I was relatively certain they were staying current (typically, by continuing to certify and by gaining experience up the IT career ladder).

    Take whichever one you want, my friend... just keep in mind that 1) the book MIGHT not be out right on the date, and 2) that's only one book - if you need more resources than that, you might not find them. For example, Boson doesn't plan on updating their A+ practice exams anytime in the immediate future.
     
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    Congrats
     
  16. Haze

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    Thanks for the advice Michael, that's a great help.
     
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    It's Here! The author's copies of my new book arrived by UPS yesterday. I dedicated it to my grandson Landon and of course, he and his mother are now living with us while my son (U.S. Marine) is deployed. Of course, she didn't realize about the dedication until I showed her.

    Looking for reviewers but, alas, they have to be in the U.S. since shipping my books abroad costs a ton of money. Mitzs has already put in her request. Anyone else?
     
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  18. BosonMichael
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    I would be happy to provide a review on here, on MCSEWorld, and on Amazon (at a minimum). :)

    I'm pretty sure what kind of a review I'm going to give it, as I currently have your previous edition. ;)
     
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  19. StoneTZ

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    I was a Marine myself. I was with the engineers. Spent two years in Afghanistan then moved to Chile. I'd be happy to review your book and I could possibly paypal for the shipping or have my mother forward it to my address in Chile etc.

    I hope your son returns shortly and I understand what you / him are going through. I've had plenty of friends and family (and myself) over there. It's not easy but it's not as bad over there as most people imagine. The media particularly sensationalizes it.

    Also last I remember the Marines deployments were considerably shorter than the Army (regular Army) hopefully that standard remained.
     
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  20. tripwire45
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    It would probably be easier (and more private) if you would PM your postal addresses to me. Thanks. :)
     
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