Archive for July, 2012

Pen Snobbery!

In addition to all the technical work I do on a daily basis, I also have a penchant for pens it seems.  I was reading an article on Lifehacker on what tools the editors and writers use on a daily basis.  A number of them mentioned they had bought pens from Jetpens.  I didn’t think at the time anyone besides me could find office supplies, much less pens to be cool or interesting.

I had no idea of the wonderful world that existed on the internet for the love of pens, stationary, and office supplies in general.  Soon I found the Pen Addict, and associated podcast.  Before I knew it I had placed my first order from Jetpens!

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Microsoft Certification Scramble!

Microsoft has reworked its professional certification offerings.  The MCSE makes a return to the certification jargon, however with a new meaning.  I currently hold a Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) credential for Windows 2003.  The MCSE of course went away with the arrival of certifications for Windows 2008, being replaced with the MCITP, or the Microsoft Certified IT Professional.  There were MCITPs for various and sundry disciplines such as SharePoint, SQL Server, Windows 2008 Server Administrator and so forth and so on.

Under the new structure, MCSE becomes the mainstream marquee certification once again, but as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

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