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for trainers: sprezzatura March 19, 2010

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Inspiring video and post on the hard work around presentation and training. 

Sprezzatura
http://sivers.org/sprezzatura

“Sprezzatura” is an Italian word that means “to hide conscious effort and
appear to accomplish difficult actions with casual nonchalance.”

Original video here:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

Microsoft security intelligence report March 7, 2010

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The MS intelligence report is a fascinating look at the origins of malware.   If I’m reading the data right, it shows that Canada is top in hosting phishers, China and Russia boast high numbers in malware and sources for infection, and the US is the leader in SPAM.  The summary report also displays a graph on OS infections for Windows 32 bit systems.  Not surprisingly, Windows XP is in the top ranks while Vista SP1 stays low to the grass.  Yeah Vista and the UAC!!

three interesting articles March 5, 2010

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I came across three interesting articles about jobs, skills, and future of learning.  The first is a “snapshot” of the IT professional, from TechRepublic.  If you’re thinking about IT and computers, this is a nice blow-by-blow of a typical support professional’s work day.

The second article is a prediction of the Top 10 Tech Skills.  It’s based on a survey by TechRepublic and Global Knowledge.  If you’re new to the industry, Business Analysis and Virtualization might be foreign ideas– but I can assure you, they’re BIG! 

The last article I found was the most intriguing.  From CampusTechnology, the writer Trent Batson describes the “knowledge economy” and the kind of challenges educators face when preparing students for the ever-changing landscape of business.  The article is for both teachers and learners.  One of the themes that stands out to me is the need for agility— both personally and in business.  Innovation.  Research.  And yet, Batson writes, a skilled worker needs to also identify a core service, & stick with it, “resisting the abundance of opportunities and side paths in this highly fluid knowledge economy.”

windows 7 certification PREP SESSION from Microsoft March 4, 2010

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Microsoft is hosting a LIVE meeting on W7 certification preparation.  It’s being offered at two different times on 3/11.

CISCO switch exam to be released in SIX dayz March 4, 2010

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The CCNP-qualifying SWITCH exam goes live on March 10!  More on this link.

windows 7 certification is relevant March 4, 2010

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Microsoft Learning’s most recent post points to an article from IT magazine that explores the growing interest in Windows 7 training and certification.  Here’s an excerpt:

According to IDC, by the end of 2010 around seven million IT professionals globally will be working in one way or another with Microsoft Windows 7, the latest iteration of the core Microsoft desktop operating system, launched with much fanfare and slick marketing last October. Great news for Microsoft’s investors, one might say: what’s in it for the IT professional themselves?

Further on it get’s more interesting:

So does Windows 7 training work? Jay Ferron, an IT professional, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and a member of the STEP programme (for Springboard Series Technical Expert Panel, a community that was built up by Microsoft around Windows 7 to drive awareness of its value), notes: ‘I am very happy with not just the content but the structure these days of the Microsoft certification story.

‘When the MCSE [Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer] was abolished a couple of years ago there was a lot of moaning, but the problem with the MCSE was that it was too general,’ explains Jay, who’s also a MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) Consumer Support Technician and a MCITP Enterprise Support Technician in Windows 7 and has worked with a number of the US’ top corporations and written books on Microsoft technologies, plus is very active in the Microsoft Certified Professional community. ‘I don’t want to sit through a five-day course on something if only two hours of it is relevant to my job and that’s what was missing from Microsoft training before – it wasn’t job-role specific. I am glad to see that’s finally changed.’

Jay is happier these days, he says, to ‘take this course and that exam, or send my team on them’ to achieve specific qualifications that he feels demonstrate real competence in the actual jobs people need to be hired for. ‘That to me means the piece of paper I get at the end is valid and shows I can do something real.’

And did the content for Windows 7 do that? ‘The training for 7 is pretty much close on,’ he thinks. ‘If you do the course I think you will pass the test at the end and you can really get a sense of the power of the OS this way, too.’

Check out the rest of the article here!

borntolearn has been born again! March 3, 2010

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For the past 24 hours, born2learn has been down for maintenance.  Now b2L has re-spawned— with Windows Live logon and other updated features- (no more dissuq yes!)  I’m eager to try it all out!

I’m still waiting though for an updated post on the Certification 101 and 201 webcasts.  I’ll let you know.

surface computer goes mobile March 3, 2010

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Can’t say for sure but this looks like another implementation on technology that has appeared in the surface computer and in project natal.   I read about it here first.

off topic: body computing March 2, 2010

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Push a mole, get a Start menu?

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Cert-bytes March 2, 2010

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Here’s what a few people are saying about certifications in the IT industry for this year– 2010: