A Holiday Wish

by Nathan Darling - Dec 24, 2009


We at LearnKey would like to wish all of you; whether you be clients, prospective clients, or even competitors; a wonderful Holiday Season.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Festivus, may it be with loved ones.

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A Plus 2009 is Here!

by Nathan Darling - Dec 15, 2009


At long last the A+ Training Course is complete and we at LearnKey could not be more thrilled.
A+ has always been one of our most universally useful training programs, as an A+ Certification is considered a first step for most any job in computer repair, maintenance, disaster recovery, administration, or similar “hardware – based” positions. Microsoft even accepts A+ as an elective for their prestigious MCITP certification.

But I don’t need to tell YOU that. If you have found this page, it’s because you already know what A+ is and why you need it. So, let me tell you instead what you don’t know.

We are so excited about the release of A+ that we are offering nearly a 30% discount for the month of December.  That’s right it’s Christmastime, and what better present can you get your children than the training they need to get the kind of jobs that will help them support you in your senior years?

Then again, if you found this page, you are probably the person seeking to get trained, in which case you are shopping for yourself during this holiday season.  Good for you!  Just think of what a gift you will be giving your family by making yourself more marketable?  Or better yet, convince them to buy it for you.  But get it fast before the year ends, the excitement wears off and the regular price is restored.

Get it here : CompTIA A+ 2009 Training.



A+ 2009 Webisode #6

by Nathan Darling - Dec 09, 2009


Started in 1982 as an “Association of Better Computer Dealers” the company that would become CompTIA emerged as the “Standard” for computer technicians.  In fact, in April of 2007 some of CompTIA’s certifications (including their flagship product, A+) were recognized by the American National Standards Institute.  A+ is meant to ascertain an individuals overall ability to handle computers.  It is specifically meant to be vendor nonspecific, so a certified individual should be able to handle any computer whether it be an Apple, a PC, or Linux, and should be competent in dealing with the various hardware configurations for each.  In short, it is the benchmark for proving technical competency, and it is a must have for anyone seeking a career in computer  repair/maintenance/administration.

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Featured Product : Indesign CS4

by Nathan Darling - Dec 03, 2009


For anyone who read this post on Dec 3rd, I offer a sincere apology.  It was woefully inaccurate.  Just so the rest of you are in the loop, in attempting to describe Adobe’s Indesign CS4 product, I compared it to a print version of Adobe Photoshop CS4.  Let it be known that I am (now) fully aware that Indesign and Photoshop are entirely different programs.  For one thing Photoshop functions as a verb.  You are not likely to hear anyone saying, “That brochure looks indesigned.”
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Self Paced Learning vs the Classic Method.

by Nathan Darling - Nov 18, 2009


It used to be if you wanted an education your mom or dad would take you by the hand, carry a bundle of coin over their shoulder and walk you the 90 miles or so to the house of Aristotle or Plato where if he felt you were worthy he would take you on and teach you as much as you were capable of learning.

You probably don’t remember those times because demographics shows that most people who are online reading this blog right now are less than 2,359 years old.

 

Plato never taught like this.

CBT or Computer Based Training is where we are going.

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Computer Forensics the CSI of IT

by Nathan Darling - Nov 11, 2009


Have you ever been hit with a computer virus?  MyDoom, Melissa, ILOVEYOU, Sobig.  There is some seriously dangerous software out there, and when it hits, it seems impossible to track down where it began.  That is unless you are highly skilled in the knowledge of Computer Forensics and Digital Recovery.

The discipline known as Computer Forensics has many uses beyond law enforcement.  You may have had a hard disk fail and not be willing to part with the information you neglected to back up.  There may be an employee that you suspect of misusing company equipment.  You may simply be interested in a better understanding of how computers work for debugging, performance optimization, or reverse-engineering.

Whatever your reason, LearnKey has the course for you.



Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

by Nathan Darling - Nov 09, 2009


As companies grow they enevitably reach a point of saturation from which further growth is impossible.  Whether it be a restaurant that suddenly needs a larger kitchen, or a grocery store that needs more parking, or even a website that just needs more bandwidth.

ITIL is a system of standardizing IT Infrastructure so that as companies grow and merge, and splinter and such, there infrastructure continues to function in a flexible, functional format.  There is a standard set of instructions for how to deal with a problem, even down to the definition of what a problem is.   There are in depth detailed methods of proper Configuration Managment, Change Management, Release Management…etc, all put together with the design of helping folks take care of things in the simplest most standardized way possible.  Some of the provisions are meant to minimize downtime by ensuring that upgrades, backups, and virus scans are run at the least busy time of day (or over the weekend if possible).

The ITIL framework is simple enough to be applied to a single server environment, but it is designed to handle the complexity of companies that are growing from having an IT person to having an IT department to having an IT division etc…



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VMWare Certification Requirements

by Nathan Darling - Nov 05, 2009


 As stated on the product page for our Virtual Infrastructure Administrator Course; “This course will provide students with the knowledge needed to take the VMWare Certified Professional Exam VCP-310.”  A question has been raised regarding a requirement VMware insists on for certification.  It is required of candidates who wish to certify that they attend a VMware authorized course.  Generally a VMware authorized course runs around $2,400-$2,900 and is a four day intensive hands on experience.  Research shows that many students fail the exam after attending only this course. 

Why then does VMWare require you to take a costly course with such a low success rate?   The following excerpt from a vmware forum explains the reasoning behind this requirement :

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Dreamweaver MX 2004

by Nathan Darling - Oct 30, 2009


Adobe’s newest version of Dreamweaver is CS4 (Creative Suite), which is sometimes unofficially identified as the 10th version of Dreamweaver.  Dreamweaver MX 2004 would be the 7th version, so it clearly is a little behind the times.  If you don’t have a version of Dreamweaver by all means spend the $399 to get the new one.  But if you are on a budget and happen to still be running your old Dreamweaver MX 2004, you may be happier with a $34.95 price to help you make the best use of the software you are already using.

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Comprehensive CourseBook

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The Art of Meetings

by Nathan Darling - Oct 28, 2009


Not many people know this about me because I keep a real tight lid on it, but I hate meetings.  I find them to be the single biggest impediment to my job.  Nothing irritates me more than to have to stop working on a project so I can give a status report in a meeting about why the project is not done yet.  “It’s because I am here talking about it instead of where I should be, doing it.”

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