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Full Arch Linux Installation Guide in 29 Tweets


Build a Lasting Bond with Your Linux System

This blog post intends to encourage intermediate Linux users to take a leap into the unknown world of Arch Linux. The first task for joining the Arch world involves installing the operating system. Unlike Windows and simpler Linux installations, the Arch installation provides a unique and rewarding experience in itself.

To embark on this new journey, follow these 29 tweets to construct a fully-functional Arch Linux operating system on a laptop or desktop.


ITIL® Practitioner: Certification Breakdown


It was officially announced Friday the 13th of March 2015 (which shouldn’t be any indication of the future of this certification) that AXELOS would be launching a new ITIL® qualification in Q4 of 2015.

The ITIL® Practitioner Certificate in IT Service Management will be focused on practice and specialty. This qualification is meant to demonstrate that ITSM pros are well-equipped to apply ITIL® concepts.

This will provide the confidence managers need to initiate and perform required improvement initiatives in order to produce maximum business value.

So if this sounds like a certification you need, here is our cert details breakdown to answer any questions you may have:

Who is this certification for?

This is primarily geared toward managers and team leaders. (more…)

3 Linux Certifications That Help Linux Systems Administrators


What Linux OS Do You Work With?

Linux admins seem to fall more into the category of self-taught tech junkies who spend their life whittling away at the command-line. Despite any and every presumption, there are several sought after Linux certifications employers look for in job candidates.

These certifications make a big difference in showcasing validating your skills. (more…)

Blog and Study: EC-Council’s CIMP Exam


Studying for the Certified Internet Marketing Professional (CIMP) Exam

EC-Council released a new certification called the Certified Internet Marketing Professional (CIMP). Cyber security professionals know EC-Council for the CEH, ENSA and other security related certifications.

Most marketing professionals boast self-taught skills learned from pioneers in the online marketing world and gained through their own experiences trudging through the learning curve of SEO, social media platforms, blogging, PPC and social advertising.

CIMP gives a structure to a field only maintained and updated with the ever changing rules of search engine and social media giants such as Google and Facebook. Follow along as I examine the course content, study for the exam, and blog about the experience.  (more…)

Here a XP, There a XP, Everywhere a Windows XP


Why Can’t You Move on from Windows XP?

Wherever I go lately, there’s the good old Windows XP lingering on desktops.

I asked the librarian’s at the nearby Baltimore library branch, what operating system runs on the computers?

“What operating system runs on the computers? Is it Windows XP?” The mumbled reply confirms my suspicions.

Following two months of extensive repairs, I return to the auto body shop to review the damages, estimates, charges and wait while they finalize the paperwork. Did I spot the desktop navigation bar of XP? Yes, I did indeed. (more…)

5 In Demand Cyber Security Certifications

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Are you packing several cyber security certifications? The job market aches for experienced cyber security professionals who have the knowledge and endurance to combat countless attacks while protecting organizations. Over the last several years, security breaches become more prevalent to the extent that the general public starts to lose confidence in businesses, universities, and even health care institutions to protect their information. No person’s sensitive info sits safely locked away.

The five certifications listed apply to professionals with varying experience and knowledge. Depending on where you want to go in the security world, these certifications may or may not give you the best chance leading to a fruitful job and career. (more…)

March Madness 2015 Sweepstakes

Phoenix TS Promotion 2015March Madness, a time in which the continental US zones out for a 3 week period and dedicates their time and energy to watching 64 teams compete for victory and their own brackets to reach triumphant heights. Even if you don’t watch or bet, you can still win big with brand names giving away prizes each step along the way from Selection Sunday to the Championship game on April 7, 2015.

[Insert promotional pitch from Phoenix TS] Yes we are one of those brands that are allowing you to play along with the games and no we don’t care if you think this is cheesy because you can win some pretty cool stuff. (more…)

What IT Professionals Say About Security+


IT Pros Speak About CompTIA Security+

After writing a blog post on Is Security+ Worth It?I reached out to past Security+ students for their opinions and posted the question as a poll to answer yes or no in the IT Professionals community on Google+. The community contains over 160,000 members. After 232 votes, 19 comments, and several email responses I can draw three clear conclusions. (more…)

18 Items for Your Linux Admin Toolkit


Admin Toolkit Suggestions from the Google+ Linux Community

System administrators are not robots who are programmed to fix mode with an unrealistic amount of patient when communicating with angry employees and customers. They are the backbone of your company. To fully understand the role of the Sysadmin, the tools they use daily, and other parts, I ventured into the Linux community on Google+. With feedback from community members here sits the list of 18 items necessary for life as a systems administrator.  (more…)

How to Pass the CTT+ Exam

The CompTIA Technical Trainer exam is not the hardest certification exam in the world, but if you’re not prepared for the content then it can definitely throw you off track. From someone who has taken (and passed) the CTT+ certification exam, here is my take on the test. (more…)