The CompTIA A+ 220-901 exam typically asks candidates to identify connectors, cables, and other system components using photographic exhibits. During a recent Windows 10 course one of our instructors was asked about the difference between a SATA and a SAS connector. While the question is somewhat esoteric and unlikely to be found on the CompTIA … Continue reading SATA vs SAS Cable Identification as found in CompTIA Certification
Students and our sales staff are asking lots of questions about the recently announced CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam. Selected aspects of the exam have not been announced. I was able to review a CompTIA partner webinar covering the new exam, and acquire a forty page detailed mapping document. My deep dive isn’t complete, though this … Continue reading CompTIA Security+ SY0-501
A consulting client recently called me about securing data in their small business office. They are extremely secure already, including data encryption, encrypted offsite backup, locked cabinets and locked data rooms, system account controls and audits, layered authorization, and job separation. Yet they asked a great question – what else can I do to enhance … Continue reading Securing Your Small Office Systems
ILT – Instructor Led Training. Why? In a recent article I shared the concept of mastery, the ability to creatively contribute to a field of endeavor. With the preponderance of do-it-yourself books (who reads books anymore?) and videos (the answers for all questions may be found on YouTube), who needs instructor led content? You do. … Continue reading Mastery: ILT Instructor Led Training – 7 Reasons Why?
If you are an employer, do you want to hire someone with a degree and a credential, or someone who can perform the job, wants to build a career and drives to make a real contribution? If you are an employee or candidate, do you merely want to spend 90 to 240 minutes gaining a … Continue reading On the Topic of Mastery
Both our students and our sales staff regularly ask about CompTIA’s Continuing Education Program, so I thought I would set the record straight. You can acquire essential details directly through CompTIA, although they do not provide the history and details about which many inquire. Having taught CompTIA certification courses for the past 9 years, and … Continue reading CompTIA Continuing Education Program
Frequently I find myself asking students in my Network+ or Cisco CCNA classes to divulge their favorite resource to use when they want to determine their external (publicly accessible) IP address. Here are some of the more popular answers: whatismyip.com Or ipchicken.com. Or perhaps even better, the ipmonkey.com: I did not include the actual IP … Continue reading How to extract your outside IP address-without a chicken or a monkey
If you are new to the world of networking, perhaps considering putting in the effort to achieve Network + certification, you may wish you were more comfortable with IPv6. If you are already an IPv6 guru, this may be child’s play for you. Yet it turns out that if you are already comfortable with IPv4, … Continue reading How to get more comfortable with IPv6
CompTIA Instructor Steve Fullmer describes the importance of getting Security+ Certified. Security is no longer about the “haves” and the “have nots” a small group of people who are trying to take advantage of your possessions and intellectual property (IP). In the book ‘Tribal Leadership’ by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright, they discuss the stages of … Continue reading CompTIA Security+ What Motivates People to Take Your Intellectual Property?
After receiving yet another reference to the DoYouRemember? web site, and a question about my ability to identify a Commodore 64 workstation sitting in a co-worker’s office, I have decided to defend my age. (Please stop baiting my memory … one day I actually will start forgetting details … and blaming the problem on random … Continue reading CompTIA Series: A Technology Timeline