ACHDS certification.

Well, another certification down: Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist (ACHDS). (This was a little harder than I expected because of all the GUI questions…and I am not used to using a lot of the GUI tools that Apple ships with Mac OS X.) I had to take this first exam in order to get the Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) certification. Fortunately, taking the first test also gets you certified as a ACHDS. I did not take the Apple class to get certified, just years of experience and some great notes from a friend. I am hoping to take the second exam (on Mac OS X Server) in the next few weeks so I can wrap up my Apple certifications and move onto something else.

On another note, Apple decided to rename Rendezvous to Bonjour. Damn, I just learned how to spell Rendezvous.
[tags]Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist, certification[/tags]

Fedora FC3

Now that I am no longer doing any Linux/UNIX training, I thought it would be best to have a Linux machine running so I can stay on top of what I learned. After trying out Mandrake Linux (now Mandiva), considering Yellow Dog, etc, I decided to give Fedora FC3 a try. Why? Well, there is a lot of movement with Red Hat Linux, and I decided to go with something that was built by the same community. I wanted to get familar with a widely used flavor of Linux. Yeah, I would get better performance with Yellow Dog if I ran it on my G5, but I wanted to make sure I chose something that I could use on various platforms…and get active in the development community, or at least the listservs.

I grabbed the images, read some information on installing it for PPC, and took off with it. I decided to install Fedora via FTP which worked like a charm. (I used this method with NetBSD way back in 2000). I had some problems getting the X environment up and working, but now I am rocking and rolling. I am impressed to see that so many applications come with the basic install. During my second install, I decided to do a custom install to see all of the options, and again I was very impressed. Good work developers. Perhaps I will post more later.


PS. Get well soon Susan!

Mac OS, UNIX, and Web Development Training

I have been looking for good Mac (not MAC) OS and UNIX training opportunities and think I finally came up with the missing piece, Big Nerd Ranch. Over the years, I have looked for good training for Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server, Apache, PHP, and other web technologies, but have often come up empty handed or less than satisfied. So if you are looking for some decent training, here is what I would recommend:

unix/linux certification.

I have finally reached the point in my career where I need certification. Back in the Mac OS 7-9 days there was no certification programs for us Mac geeks, but now we face job competition with all the UNIX geeks too. Apple now offers certification, but after taking a class on Mac OS X Server for 5 days, I left feeling pretty let down. I know how to add users, and I am pretty comfortable to all the services. What I needed was something more in-depth. That was 3 years ago. Now I am working to get my “Linux/Unix System Administration Certificate” from O’Reilly/the University of Illinois. As technical as I am, I was not sure how much I would like taking classes via the web, but the more time I put in, the more I enjoy it.

O’Reilly and the U of I offer a few certifications that I would recommend anyone who like me, has the skills, but no certification to “prove” it.
[tags]UNIX, Linux, certification, O’Reilly[/tags]