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Binary Nation #01110011: Coming This Fall 

"All right, we're meeting with the network executives next week to discuss ideas for new TV series," I told the gathered participants in the official Binary Nation meeting room, also known as the gazebo hot tub and gin parlor. "I've brought us together to brainstorm ideas to pitch to them. I'm going to open the floor—er, hot tub—and let everyone bring their creative brilliance to bear." Twenty minutes of silence passed. "Zombie Survivor," Vector said abruptly. "What wa...

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Posted on August 25th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments (0)

Exam Spotlight: Controlling Microsoft Accounts & the Windows Store 

Relevant Exam: 70-697 – Configuring Windows Devices With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft encouraged users to create a Microsoft Account and use it as their Windows 8 log in. Doing so allows users to sync several Windows configuration settings to the cloud, and have them automatically pulled down to any Windows device the user logs into with their Microsoft Account. Microsoft Accounts are also necessary to use the Windows Store, which was launched along with Windows 8. A...

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Posted on August 9th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments (0)

Binary Nation #01110010: You’ll Be Terminated 

The Terminator is back. More precisely, it’s come back for your job, Sarah Connor. Let’s see if you can raise a decent future leader of the human resistance on food stamps and welfare checks. A growing number of industry voices are warning that millions of currently employed citizens are going to lose their jobs to robots and AI systems over the next ten years. A recent White House report predicts that 83% of jobs paying $20/hour or less will be "machine sourced" over the next decade...

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Posted on July 27th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments (0)

Binary Nation #01110001: Old Goat 

The other evening saw Vector and I playing 3-cushion billiards at our preferred gentlemen’s club. Vector had some sort of smart drink which he claimed had been banned by the European Union. I had gone more conservatively, sipping a vanilla cola and pausing occasionally between shots to vape some spearmint peyote. The governing board of the gentlemen’s club permits us our small idiosyncrasies, so long as we honor the dress code—suit and tie in non-garish colors, dress shoes, and no...

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Posted on June 7th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments (0)

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)