Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Laptops and Laser Printers

I was learning about laptops and laser printers. I knew everything about laptops. The laser printer stuff did not hold my interest. A lot of this stuff I hope to never need to use. I am not particularly interested in computer hardware repair. I feel like the first part of the A+ is all about knowing the parts of a computer. I respect that, but I cannot wait until I get into the more fun stuff like operating systems and all that. For now, I am just paying my dues and building my foundation.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Applying My Studying

No posts this week, but I have still been plugging away. As I have said a billion times, my A+ certification probably will not help me a ton at my job. I have been successful there for years with just winging it and learning as I go. Sometimes, knowing too much is a detriment at my job because you try to do more work than required. I am not saying that working too hard at my job is bad, it's just that when you go "out of scope" it lessens your efficiency for doing the actual job that is requested of you.

I am also finding out that I feel like a lot of the stuff I am learning is more of a vocabulary test instead of a learning how to do things. I understand, that I am still in the beginning of my training and we may be setting the table for deeper learning later. I also understand that A+ certification is just an introduction, so this might be all that is required. I will follow up on that in a few weeks as I keep studying.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wireless & Cisco Champions

Today's studying was mostly based on wireless. This is something I am strong at already. I know about all the encryption types, wireless standards, and most importantly, major wireless issues. It was kind of a confidence play because I know I can ace all this stuff on my A+ already.

On a lighter note, I became aware of the term, Cisco Champion via my twitter profile @Troytruperior. I googled it and came up with a website: http://www.cisco.com/web/about/facts_info/champions.html. I decided to write back even though I knew full well that I have zero qualifications so far. They were nice enough to write back and invited me to participate on the website for more data. Even though this is months/years away, I like the idea of being recognized as an expert in that field as I really do like Cisco a lot as a company and they are one of the top companies for what I am trying to accomplish.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spotting the Fake IT Guy

It's kind of been a running joke at my job. A guy calls for tech support. He says he's an IT professional, and he doesn't know where to find the Ethernet cord on his modem. More and more of my studying has made me question some of the people I deal with on a day to day basis.

I am accepting of a certain amount of ignorance. No one knows everything. Many know nothing. I think arrogance and ignorance is a worse combination however. Besides the person that calls about certain things that they should know. This same person may call about certain things that they should know that I do not know.

I was learning about subnetting today. One of my coworkers who indirectly helped push me to certification was tried explaining to it me. I was confused. I still am very confused. I know what it does, but maybe the numbers make my brain turn off. Once you get past the introductory stuff, you have a chance of hitting a wall where you think that you do not have the ability to do this. You might think that this whole process it out of your league once you get to advanced learning. I will not fall into that trap.

I will master subnetting. Not today, not tomorrow, but one day.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


After a fun weekend, I am back to studying. The theme of today was wiring. I learned about fiber, coax and Ethernet. I knew about all of this stuff before but I found out how it worked. I learned why fiber is so expensive, how Ethernet is a bunch of wires inside a giant wire (like a sausage) and different types of coaxial. I can actually kind of use this when talking to our clients at work.

 As I noted, I know what I need to know for my job, but I want to be the master at my job. Another thing is that I would like to avoid clients talking about stuff that I do not have any expertise on even though it is not required.

As a last note, there was more information on different devices such as a mouse, keyboard, MIDI, and printers. Here's a helpful tip, most devices connect w USB. It's better that way. It's so much less confusing.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Short Studying

Today's session is a little shorter than most due to having to install a HDMI to DVI wire for my wife's computer. Why? Because I am using her old one for my computer. It takes 5 seconds, but you know how you get sidetracked and all. Today was all about more familiar stuff (I hope that becomes a trend.). I was reading about different wires. I am kind of a master of Rj45s and RJ11 due to working at an MSO that does phone and Internet. My weekend starts after tomorrow, and I spend all day with my 7 month old daughter on Friday's so I hope to stay dedicated on the weekends.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Familiar Is Good

Got another night of studying done. As I have stated before, I know more than the guy that knows nothing. During this session a lot of the stuff I studied was already. It was refreshing to know that I am either retaining knowledge or I am not as clueless as I think.

 As of now, my pending date for wanting to take my test is September 1st, 2014 or whatever day I can get after that. I could probably cram and take the test sooner, but I think it is important that I master this stuff instead of being able to pass a test. So far so good.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Unexpected Studying

I usually take off from studying for Mondays to watch wrestling after work. Due to DVR issues, Daniel Bryan being off television for a few months, and motivation, I hopped on the computer and did a little studying. I stuck to Professor Messer for today. Today was a lot better since I was learning about things that I had half a clue about. I am able to do tech support for a major ISP, but that is because I only need to know about the networking world as relates to my job. When it comes to things outside of that realm, it might get a little foggier. It is okay, that's why I am studying for my A+. I learned about computer sockets, ways to keep the processor cool (fans), and interfaces. The interfaces were the best because I know a lot more about wireless, blu tooth, etc. Hopefully I can get good sleep tonight, go to the gym in the morning, and hop back on this at night.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Let's see how this goes

Okay, if you ever read the website, then thanks a bunch. I am shifting focus from this site to be less about technology, and more about my goal to become an IT Professional. It may take me years, but I really enjoy fixing stuff with computers and the Internet. I am using Professor Messor's website as a starting point. I currently work for an ISP, but I feel that by working hard enough I open a lot more doors for myself. Btw, if I don't write back after this post, that will look really lame, so I hope to update this frequently. Today, I was learning about different storage types such as SCSI, RAID, PATA & SATA. It was all kind of uninteresting. I think I will enjoy the software side much more.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Watch Free Movies Online Legally

After weeks and weeks of complaining that other people were getting a Netflix streaming disc for their Wii before me, I finally got mine in the mail earlier this week. So far, I love it. I've watched a Mike Tyson documentary, Julie & Julia, The Shawshank Redemption, and 2 episodes of 30 Rock. I was having such a good time, and as you may all know, when Truperior people like something they want to talk about it. However with Truperior.com being about all the free stuff you can do on the internet, it's not our style to tell you go to buy a Wii ($199) and a Netflix membership ($8.99). Our style is to tell you that there are movies you can watch on the computer for free and not worry about getting the FBI beating down your door, or having to break your ankle as you jump off your perch of a moral high ground.

Do not be mistaken, you are not going to be watching Star Trek, Iron Man 2, or Avatar for free through these streaming options, but you will be watching something. First off, we have Hulu. Not only does Hulu let you watch full episodes of television shows such as Family Guy, 30 Rock, and Lost, but it also lets you watch a small selection of movies. The quality of titles isn't the best, but it's free. We have some Lifetime movies, The Flinestones in Viva Rock Vegas, and some Patrick Stewart movie called Dad Savage. Not all of the movies are as deficient of quality as these movies. There are a host of foreign films listed, some with subtitles, some without. There's also Bean, Rowan Atkinson's hilarious potrayal of his British weirdo, Mr. Bean. The real gem of Hulu's lineup, is Just One of the Guys, an 80's movie about a high school girl who goes undercover as a guy in another school to write a newspaper article. If you haven't seen this movie and have any interest in 80's culture, this is where you need to start. Even though Hulu does not have a stellar lineup of free streaming movies, they do have a few hidden gems, and with almost a thousand free movies, you can have a good time trying to find a few. If you really like watching Hulu's movie selection, they have a desktop viewer application which lets you set up a que of movies and watch them in an order you choose. It's great for choosing movies that you want to watch for the future.

The other source of cinematic goodness I found was Youtube. I know what you're thinking, "That's stealing because people are illegally posting copyrighted material." That may be true, but Youtube also has a selection of legal movies to watch. The selection is similar to Hulu but they do have a few good films. Super Size Me, a documentary about a man who eats McDonalds non-stop for 30 days (gross), is available. Just One of the Guys is also there in case you didn't get a chance to check it out on Hulu. There's a few James Bond movies on here as well as a couple of stand up comedy specials from performers such as Paul Mooney. I definitely did not find this layout by Youtube to be as nice or accessible as Hulu. I did not see a desktop view application which means it's a little more difficult for me to remember which movies I wanted to view.

Overall, Netflix streaming compared to Hulu and Youtube is comparing caviar to sardines, but if you're a huge movie fan and need something, those sardines could be very filling. I think eventually free streaming is only going to get bigger as the general public is getting very comfortable with everything being free, legally or illegally. Still, if you are the type of person who gets squismish about those dirty bit torrents, these are nice safe options to help you sleep at night.