A+ material

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Thu Oct 7 15:11:22 UTC 2010

On Thursday 07 October 2010 06:42:25 J wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 03:39, Thufir Hawat <hawat.thufir at gmail.com> wrote:
> > It seems like the books with an accompanying disc or discount on the exam
> > itself are, unsurprisingly, Windows centric.
> > 
> > I was looking at sites like:
> > 
> > http://www.atiatraining.com/
> > 
> > Probably I could run their videos under wine, or, maybe not.  While I'm
> > aware of free sites, I was just wondering if anyone had specific insight
> > into preparing for the exam.
> A: what does this have to do with Ubuntu?

Learning about the environment in which Ubuntu operates, both hardware and 
software, is useful Ubuntu-related knowledge. Just as a college freshman new 
to a dormitory must learn about and get along with a roommate, Ubuntu, and its 
users, are well-advised to learn about other software with which they share 
hardware living space and operating quarters. 

> B: I have an A+ cert...  the exam was at the time 1/2 hardware 1/2
> windows applications.

That certification has been that way throughout its existence. The same 
organization offers a Linux+ certification for the other side of the dorm room.

> C: the A+ cert if a worthless paper cert that really won't get you
> anything beyond a job at Best Buy (and even that's not guaranteed).

The worth of an A+ certification depends on one's perspective. Just as 
completing one college course does not result in a degree, just completing the 
A+ exams does not constitute an adequate professional computing education.

However, completing the A+ may give the confidence to continue to pursue 
additional education and certifications, which may indeed lead to significant 
opportunities for employment and accomplishment.

> All the labs and tech companies I've ever worked for just looked at
> the A+ on my resume and either asked what that was, or said they
> really didn't care.

What those people think doesn't matter. What the OP thinks does.


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