Wednesday, August 25, 2010

BCNE for cheap (maybe free?)

Good news: Brocade started a "Fast track" program for Cisco certified folks, so you can get the BCNE cert for USD99. It includes a web-based training program and a promo code for the VUE exam, so you get it free.
Plus: Brocade exams don't expire.
I think I'll look into this stuff.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sexual hypocrite

Webcomic of the week: Treading Ground
http://www.treadingground.com/?p=195

ESD wrist strap for a living?

Since I started watching some Juniper hardware installation videos (and since I am a licensed hardware technician and all), I wanted to get an ESD wrist strap for daily work.
So I go to my favorite component store, where they tell me they are fresh out, come back next week. It'll cost me around 2500 HUF. Next week the same, repeated the process a few times, finally got bored.
Quite a few weeks later it hit me: eBay. The source of all shite. So I fire up ebay.co.uk, and Hongkong to the rescue: GBP 0.99, free shipping. That's like 1/10th of the price here.
Maybe I'll start importing this stuff for a living.

ZCNP IP DSLAM

Okay, most of the exam questions suck. Bad english, factual errors, subjective answers: repeat the exams a few times to get it right.
But at the end, you earn a sexy PDF...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Free as in beer

Surprise of the week: ZyXEL provides free networking certificates, namely the ZCNP. Both the exams and the online courses are free at http://education.zyxel.com.
The most interesting for me are the switching and the IP DSLAM courses and certs.
Be prepared though, these guys speak funny english...
More details if i pass the exams.

edit:
Use the notes, Luke!
Most of the material is on the notes tab, not on the slide. Also, the one who wrote the notes almost speaks proper english.