• All about the Franklins THUMB

    Counting the cost: Why are certifications so expensive?

    In October of last year, CertMag published an article I wrote about the earning potential of gaining Oracle (and other) certifications. Essentially, I attempted to address a common question asked by many certification candidates: Will getting more certifications earn me a lot …

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    Dear CertMag: Why didn’t I get a raise?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I have a stable job at a large regional hospital managing payment processing. I’ve been in my current position for five years, but my salary …

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    Picture This: A Visual Guide to Redundant Arrays

    A basic understanding of the technology behind RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a necessity for many entry-level certifications, yet the concept can be difficult to make sense of. Currently, certification candidates need to know the topic — again, at a basic level — for all three of the core CompTIA certifications (A+, Network+, …

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    Dear CertMag: I want to work in IT security

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I’ve been using and messing with computers since junior high school. I tried college for a couple of years, but it just doesn’t work for …

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    Shuffling the deck of MySQL certifications

    When Oracle acquired Sun in January of 2010, it inherited the MySQL database and the associated Sun certification program. The MySQL certification exams were immediately added to the Oracle Certifications Program. With the exception of altering the title (i.e. Sun Certified MySQL Associate became Oracle Certified Associate, MySQL 5), the certification exams have been left …

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  • Time keeps tickin THUMB

    Dear CertMag: How do I make time for certification?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I have a full-time job and my wife and I have four active children who seem to produce a never-ending stream of homework and school projects. …

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