I was talking to someone at work about how some of the best political wisdom I've heard came from a Douglas Adams book, specifically the bit about how the ones who aspire to positions of authority are those least qualified to have said positions. The conversation then devolved into how the Beeb had created a site to act as a real-life Guide.
Considering this is my first professional certification, I don't know if I can aptly answer that. I can tell you this:
- SANS certifications are notorious for being difficult.
- SANS Certifications are well-known in the industry. These are not some fly-by-night "let's give certs away" things.
- They certainly are not inexpensive. This certification costs something in the neighborhood of $4,000 to take. The first exam attempt is around $600. If you fail and need to try again, it will cost you around $300 or so.
- The certification is good for four years.
So... I'm actually pleased at having passed this.
My employer pretty-well insisted that I get a certification. They went so far as to pay for the training and the first exam attempt.
To that end, I'm working on GCUX through SANS. So far, so good. It's pretty interesting.
From what I'm reading about how to prepare for the exam itself, it would be to my benefit to prepare a thorough index- something in the area of 30-50 pages long. O_O
Go ahead and blame Bush.
Hehehe... Unlike certain *cough*Liberal*cough* groups, I don't think Bush is to blame for everything.
Congrats on the new addition!
My youngest (#3) is now officially a teenager as of this week. Not quite sure how that happened. I must have blinked.
...the more they stay the same. I think.
A little over a year ago, I wrote about how I stopped playing WoW and took up ST:TOR. Now, I don't even play that.
See, that's the trick: He doesn't have to sign anything he disagrees with.
I know that it is not uncommon for Congress to send "poison pills" to the President (whoever it happens to be at the time). Bush the Younger got many from Congress, and he wasn't the first. He won't be the last. It's one of the reasons I favor giving the President some form of line-item VETO power. If there's a reason he doesn't like a bill, he can go on record as not liking a portion by striking it and send it back to Congress to re-consider.
Better yet, I would like to see some responsibility in Congress. Something that requires "riders" to a bill actually be related to the bill would be nice. "But that's the only way some things can get passed," I hear someone say. My reply is, "Yeah. Do you suppose there might be a reason for that?"
It would also be nice if Congress would spend more time reviewing laws that have been on the books for a while and consider repealing those that are deemed to be no longer relevant. I would rather they do that than sit around wondering what else they could do to micromanage my life.
...but I won't say it, even though I'd be justified in doing so.
I was just looking through the beta for Slashdot (which I don't like, by the way) and saw a "Hall of Fame" page. I looked at it and this was one of the most popular stories of all time. It was posted when Obama was elected the first time.
I haven't looked at the beta in-depth, but I like what I see, generally.
I'm hopeful that I can have a good reason to ditch FB once and for all. It's like watching a train wreck...
Subject said it all... See you when you get back.
This reply was mine. Not sure why it showed up as an AC post.
I saw that you had re-added me to your circle(s). Thank you.
Things are going fairly well, I think.
I gave up playing WoW. I started playing SW:TOR, but found I didn't have time to play.
The only game I've been keeping up with lately is Second Life.
I've also been getting into Ingress lately. Does anyone else play? I like it because it gets me out of the house (even in these cold northeastern winter days) and I occasionally meet new people.
I see it like this: You have to use the right tool for the job.
- Want to do Graphic Design? Get a Mac.
- Want to do serious work? Run unix (FreeBSD, Linux, whatever suits your fancy)
- Want to play games? Run Windows.
Start showing that there's an alternative to Windows for running games, then you'll be able to scare the Giant of Redmond.