February 15, 2006
The Art of Network Troubleshooting
TechMentorEvents.com has available a great podcast of a session by Mark Minasi called 'The Art of Network Troubleshooting - How to Fix Any Network Problem'. The audio file is available from the TechMentorEvents.com site and goes on for 1hour and 35minutes which might seem long but it is very interesting and as an IT professional myself I learnt something. If you would like to work in the IT industry then I recommend downloading this podcast and sticking it on your MP3 player as you will learn something from it and it may just give you an advantage over others when you are interviewing for your first tech job.
January 06, 2006
Security Update for Windows XP
Everyone should have Autoupdates enabled on their Windows computers and will have already got this update or will get it automatically next time you go online. If you don't have Autoupdates enabled then please manually update all your Windows computers now. This patch fixes a very dangerous security issue that could expose your computer and allow programs to be run on it remotely.
December 26, 2005
How Fiber Optics are made
Makezine.com had a link to a video that shows you how Fiber Optic cable is made. The video is produced by a company that produces the cable and also employs the three engineers who invented Fiber Cable. In Cisco CCNA Semester 1 you learn all about Fiber Optics so this video should be of interest to any one studying CCNA.
Cool Stuff Being Made: How Fiber Optics are Made
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October 30, 2005
To help me teach the Cisco Certified Network Assoicates course I have been collecting resources from the internet and from our Regional Accademy. Binary Signal now has a new Cisco page at BinarySignal.org/cisco where you will find information, resources, videos and website links to help you study for your CCNA. I have recently passed Semester 3 which is very interesting, especially learning about VLAN's and trunking.
If you have any suggestions for Cisco links or material please email me.
July 04, 2005
PC IQ Test
Test your computer knowledge with this 10 question test from CNET. Quick Quizzes: PC IQ Test - CNET reviews
I am embarrassed to say that I only got 90%. Oh the shame.
June 26, 2005
Ten Commandments of a Network Manager
As a Network Manager or an aspiring one there are certain rules or laws that you must live by. If you do not, you can suffer terrible consequences, like data loss, loss of your time trying to rebuild the network and worse of all loss of your job.
NewsForge.com has a good article explaining ‘The Ten Commandments of system administration’ which is well worth reading, memorising and living by.
May 27, 2005
History Of Windows
Ever wonder what came before Windows XP? OSViews.com have a brief history with screenshots of early Windows versions. Windows History (1985-1994)
May 23, 2005
Systm released today
The most eagerly anticipated online tech video show is being released today at 8pm PST (2am BST). It comes from Kevin Rose who has just recently announced he is leaving G4TechTV and will be producing regular tech shows available free to download. You can find out more at his personal site KevinRose.com were you can make a donation and check out the new show ’Systm’.
May 08, 2005
FYI - The insiders guide to Microsoft Technology
Microsoft produces a free quarterly magazine for UK residents that include information about using Microsoft technology. The articles give good explanations of server technologies and advice on how to use applications to benefit your business. I have subscribed to this magazine since the first issue and although it is clearly biased to Microsoft it is a very interesting read, and I have learnt a lot from it. It was from this magazine that I first heard about Software Update Services. Go and subscribe today FYI – the insiders guide to Microsoft
Understanding network addressing, subnets and subnet masks is an important part of being a Network Technician and is taught extensively in the Cisco courses. Once you understand the concept and can manually work out network calculation it is always good to have a website that can do it for you. Network Calculators
May 07, 2005
Digital Duo videos from PC World
If you miss the glory days of TechTV and enjoy watching the current homemade tech programs you will probably like PC Worlds Digital Duo. Much like the videos at CNet.com they review and explain technology for everyone. They have a large library of videos covering everthing from VoIP to portable gaming. PCWorld.com - Digital Duo
February 08, 2005
Free Videos from CBTNuggets
CBT Nuggets has free videos on Windows Server 2003, Exchange, Cisco, Security, Windows XP/2000 MCSE/MCSA and many more. This is a great study tool, is easy to follow and explains a lot. A simple registration is required to view the videos.