• You can tune a data center, but you can't data center a tuna.

    Comparing and contrasting Oracle tuning certifications

    I have known people to say that with enterprise databases, speed is everything. These people are dead wrong. With enterprise databases, data availability is everything. Committed transactions should never be lost …

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  • Finding time to study for certification can be difficult.

    Dear CertMag: I need more time to study 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 job doing tech support at a community college. I’d like to eventually work in data storage, so I’ve been trying to carve …

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  • This week's CertStudent likes to fix computers with his hands.

    CertStudent: ‘I’m more of a new technology guy’

     CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Now he likes to use a sleek MacBook Air, but Isaiah …

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  • It's important to know how to implement and maintain security controls.

    Picture This: A visual guide to security controls

    There is a new word du jour that you can’t help but stumble across as you study for a number of security-related exams (such as CompTIA’s Security+), and that word is “control.” In this article, we will first define it from the standpoint of the testing body, then walk through two analogies on controls: one …

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  • Handful O' Tablets SQUARE CROP

    There is virtually no excuse to lack hands-on experience

    For the past 15 years or so, I have had a problem with operating systems. My primary computer is always running a recent version of Microsoft Windows. It is the OS that is invariably the one available in the offices where I work. I often have a project, however, that requires some other operating system. …

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  • HTML5 is set to become the new internet standard by the end of 2014.

    W3C aims for full recommendation of HTML5 by year’s end

    Gradually, imperceptibly, beneath your very fingers on the keyboard, the internet is becoming something different. Many users may never even notice the change, especially since it’s not intended to effect what you see so much as what goes on beneath the surface that lets you see it. Since 1997, the internet has hummed along on …

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