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Binary Nation #01110000: Children’s (Meal) Crusade 

There is a new religion in the world today. It has its different sects and related cults. It has its moderates, who are doing what they think is right for them, and it has its fundamentalists who want to bully everyone into following their scripture. And speaking of scripture, every sect and cult has its holy books and literature which all manage to disagree with each other, even though they all say the same thing: this is the true way, the only way, that you should be. This new religion...

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Posted on March 22nd, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments (0)
 

Meet the New Boss: Top IT Skills and Certifications for 2016 

There is some good news for IT pros and career starters who are looking ahead at the in-demand IT specializations for 2016: this year is very much a reflection of the last. This development will reward anyone who added in-demand knowledge and skills from last year, as their experience will continue to give them an edge in 2016. Let’s take a look at these hot IT skills, and review a few of the training and certification programs related to them. INFORMATION SECURITY IS STILL...

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Posted on February 1st, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments (0)
 

The MCSA Strikes Back – on Windows 10 

A couple of months ago, we told you about some upcoming changes to Microsoft’s certification program, including the news that there wasn’t going to be a new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certification for Windows 10. Based on this and other information (hit the link above for the info I’m referring to) I speculated that the training and certification folks at Redmond were gett...

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Posted on January 7th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments (0)
 

Binary Nation #01101111: Momentarily Awkward Silent Night 

Vector (which is his real name), Robert the Bruce (whose real name is neither Robert nor Bruce), Red Sonja (whose name is not Sonja, but who has red hair and owns a sword), and I were sitting on the floor around the low table in the living room, having a traditional mug of caffeinated eggnog which I call Caffnog (trademark pending). The fireplace had a curved monitor sitting in it, showing a looping video of a blazing Yule log. We had all given each other drones for our secret Santa gift...

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Posted on December 23rd, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments (0)
 

Windows 7 Certification is Alive and Well 

Last month, we reported on the changes Microsoft is making to its certification program to accommodate the official release of Windows 10. These changes will impact existing certifications for Windows 7 and Windows 8—in particular, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) credential for desktop operating systems is going away. If you currently hold an MCSA certification, you sh...

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Posted on November 30th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments (0)
 

Binary Nation #01101110: The Case of the Missing Homophone 

The night was gloomier than a BlackBerry corporate earnings call, and wetter than an OtterBox. Normally I wouldn’t have met a client outside of my office. But, this odd Scandinavian would only meet me at a certain diner on a certain evening… and I had a certain empty bank account and certain bills past due to coerce me into meeting with him. Me? I’m Jack Dinn. I’m a private geek. It’s what I do to keep the Internet on. I stepped into the diner and shook rain from my jacket....

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Posted on November 9th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments (0)
 

Windows 10 Certification Update—and the End of the MCSA? 

Microsoft Learning dropped a Windows certification bombshell the other day. Read on, and all will be revealed. Windows 10 is out of the gate in a big way, with over 110 million installations worldwide according to Microsoft. It’s unlikely many of these machines exist in the enterprise, except maybe in test labs where IT professionals are currently validating Win10 against line-of-business applications and other possible sources of incompatibilities. But overall, the critical response t...

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Posted on October 26th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments (0)
 

Binary Nation #01101101: New Resolution—Vote No on 4K 

A few years ago, everyone involved in the visual entertainment industry was going ape-poop crazy over 3D movies. Hollywood and the consumer electronics manufacturers wanted all of us to run faster than a knock-off Rolex to our local Cineplex Barn (72 screens! Nothing on!) to watch movies with 3D glasses pasted over our peepers. That experience was supposed to inspire all of us to replace our crappy hi-definition home theatre gear with brand new 3D movie players hooked up to brand new 3D...

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Posted on September 9th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments (0)
 

What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure? 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI for short, is a technology platform that replaces traditional user PC workstations with virtual workstations hosted on one or more servers. A user can log on to their virtual machine from any client with a proper network connection. In some implementations, users can even access virtual machines through a tablet or smartphone. The primary advantage of VDI is fully-centralized administration of all enterprise desktop workstations, including backups,...

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Posted on August 27th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments (0)
 

Binary Nation #01101100: Let’s Give it a Shot 

Hello, my American friends. There has been a lot of talk recently about the gun problem, or the lack of a gun problem, in your country. You may have heard there will likely be more gun-related deaths than traffic-related deaths in America this year. You may have read that there have been over 60 mass murders involving firearms in the U.S. since 1982. You may have seen a map showing that six of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history have taken place in the last eight years. And so on....

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Posted on July 27th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments (0)