PI Week: 2014

Hello everyone…

ok, so no one is likely reading this, but that’s ok.

So, my PI week challenge was to become more officially versed in Computers, Networking and Security.

How: CompTIA to the rescue!  – they had a 3 course package that included the A+ certification: a basic intro to computers (220-801, and 220-802), Networking+ and Security+.

So today started out slowly, Java was not up to date on both my school computer and my Government computer.  Fortunately, I have the ability to update my school computer (yay Administrator rights)  As most of you know downloading large files from the internet in the North is atrocious at best, so I went and got my coffee.

As I proceed to finish with Java and work on the popup blocker, an announcement comes over the PA… “There will be a generator test, and we will be on generator power”… which means computers won’t work properly… Everyone else here at the school had a hissy fit too, but fortunately, we only had to wait 25 minutes in the dark.

Starting up the e-learning course was a bit confusing, but I finally got into: CompTIA A+ 220-801: BIOS and Motherboards, which was a good review, and could potentially be used for grade 10 modules here at the school…

As the computer generated voice droned on, interrupted by my impatient clicking to the next section, my brain began to swell, filling with facts of POST checks and BIOS and CMOS and every acronym under the sun, North bridge and south bridge and Sandy bridge and more busses than Central London and wireless specs and speeds, Ghz, and Mbps, and speeds all twirling in an infinite spectrum.  The worst was the motherboards…. ATX, microATX, miniATX, BTX, NLX, PicoBTX, MiniITX, eATX, and each of them have different physical sizes!!!

Sooooo… needless to say I’m going a bit insane.  Most of this I know already, so it’s not bothering me, but there’s so much to memorize and know.    But, on the other hand, I have an appreciation for my students.  It is a bit different, one subject all day… long…

I am glad that this will be available for 6 months, because I can’t take the test here for the certifications.  I’ll probably do one at Christmas, maybe two.

So stay tuned… for tomorrow brings more eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (read as high pitch squeeling of inaudible sounds)..




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