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Top 10 IT Skills and Certifications for 2017 

This time last year, we observed that IT pros and career starters who had added the previous year’s in-demand IT skills and credentials to their personal portfolios would be rewarded in 2016, as the new year was going to reflect the IT staffing trends seen in 2015. At the risk of being overly brief: ditto. The same IT disciplines we identified as the most popular in 2015 and 2016 are going to be just as hot in 2017. The industry has not been rocked by radical new technologies requir...

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Posted on January 17th, 2017 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments Off

Using Storage Spaces in Windows 10 

Relevant exam – Microsoft Exam 70-698: Installing and Configuring Windows 10 Normally when we talk about storage spaces, we’re referring to cupboards, closets, and that dark, dust bunny warren under the bed. In Windows 10, Storage Spaces is a feature used to organize where your data is stored, and to protect data in the event of a hard disk crash. To create a storage space in Windows 10, you need at least two extra hard drives in addition to the drive that has Win...

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Posted on December 16th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments Off

Binary Nation #01110101: The Year of Living Horrendously 

“Good afternoon members of the press. I am A.J. Axline—yes, THE A.J. Axline. Thank you for coming out to the Binary Nation today. I have some brief remarks to make, after which the sandwiches you were promised will be made available. Please check the signs in front of the trays for gluten-free and vegan options. Coffee will be made available. We have no decaf. If you are unable to drink normal coffee, nature has selected you for extinction. Soybeans and almonds will be made available fo...

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Posted on November 18th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments Off

Exam Spotlight: Understanding DNS Records 

Relevant Exam: CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Candidates preparing to take CompTIA’s Network+ exam (N10-006) must have a strong understanding of the Domain Name Service (DNS) network service. This topic is covered as part of the Network+ exam’s “Network Architecture” knowledge domain. While many people are somewhat familiar with DNS from their use of the Internet, IT professionals need to expand this knowledge to include the different types of DNS records. DNS is the networ...

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Posted on November 2nd, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments Off

Binary Nation #01110100: Eggs and Morality 

I recently had a remarkable spiritual experience shopping for Eastern European brides… and by "spiritual" I mean "infuriating" and by "Eastern European brides" I mean "a carton of eggs." Go ahead and parse that out; I'll be over here pulling on my rant boots. Here's the scene: I'm in a supermarket at 10:00 PM. I am there to purchase three things: milk, coffee cream, and eggs. There are maybe six other customers in the entire store. We all look like the type of people who go grocery...

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Posted on October 13th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » B1N@RY N@T10N | Comments Off

New ExamForce Video Courseware Titles 

ExamForce is excited to announce the October 24, 2016 launch of our new, enhanced library of Video Courseware titles. With over a 130 titles set to release and many more in development, this will be our largest launch in over a decade. ExamForce eLearning videos are professional filmed in studio by the most knowledgeable and engaging instructors in the industry. Video lessons are broken down into a manageable, easy to learn format that will enhance your ability to re...

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Posted on October 6th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments Off

Exam Spotlight: a look at Display Connectors 

Relevant Exam – CompTIA A+ 220-901 Back in the day, computers were plugged into these beige TV boxes with glass screens and cathode ray tubes, commonly referred to as monitors. Computer monitors varied in size and resolution, and all of them had the relative weight of a dying star. Monitors often developed a high-frequency whine that could send dogs into a howling frenzy. They sometimes ran hotter than the PCs they were hooked up to. And, if you tried to service a monitor your...

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Posted on September 29th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Blog | Comments Off

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 Off

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 Off

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 Off