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The Night Clerk Fixed My Android Tablet

January 18th, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Another instance of “don’t judge a book by its cover” slaps me in the face. I bought my wife an Android tablet for Christmas. If you know my wife, you will need a couple of minutes to regain your composure and resume breathing. Okay, we continue. I, being the smart computing person […]

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Tags: America · Education · Learning · Notice

The Hiring Circle of Nonsense

January 1st, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips What do companies want from job candidates? I wish they would make up their mind, but I’m just that kind of person. Let’s go around this little goofy circle Companies won’t hire you unless you walk in with a certificate, a.k.a., a college degree. Companies don’t like what colleges teach (see link) […]

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Tags: Decide · Education

Best Schools, Less Ruin

June 26th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The best schools: do they teach any better or simply ruin fewer students? Ah, here is yet another list of the best schools (this one is about computer science). I didn’t attend any of these as I could not afford it. Rich kids go to these schools. Their rich parents’ extraordinary tuition […]

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Tags: Education · Learning

Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science

October 24th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I complete yet another certificate program. This time it is in Data Science and from Microsoft and EdX. I just finished the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science. This took about 12 weeks and cost me about $500. The Good: I learned… cool tricks with MS Excel how to write SQL queries […]

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Tags: Certification · Education · Learning · MOOC

College Professors Beware—MOOCs are not College

October 13th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If you are a successful college professor, and someone asks you to turn your course into a MOOC, proceed with great care. These things are not the same. I am currently taking a series of online courses or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course or is it Massive Online Open Course or is […]

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Tags: Education · Learning · MOOC

MOOCs and Bad Presentations

August 15th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Why do online educators put bad presentations in their courses? I am taking yet another online course. My wish is to show potential employers that despite my advanced age I am not brain dead yet and still actively learning. My current online course—no names mentioned to protect the guilty—brings with it something […]

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Tags: Education · Learning · MOOC

YAC – Yet Another Certification

July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I receive yet another certification. I just passed yet another exam and received yet another certification. Contrary to advertisements, the exam was full of trick questions and didn’t test knowledge of the subject matter. Nevertheless, that is the certification industry, and it is a big $$$ indu$try. I find it a shame […]

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Tags: Certification · Competence · Education · Learning

Education Returns to the 1700s

January 7th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Government-operated schools are failing in the US. The plutocrats are returning to the 1700s by creating their own schools just for their own kids. Government-operated schools are failing us. I don’t need to link to stories about that. There are, of course, exceptions here and there. One of the best indicators of […]

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Tags: Economics · Education

CompTIA Security+

December 7th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Over the weekend, I passed the test for CompTIA Security+ certification. It was probably the worst test I have taken since my junior year of college (back when we scratched answers on cave walls with colored rocks). Anyways, I memorized a bunch of stuff and passed a test. Perhaps this will come […]

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Tags: Computing · Education · Learning · Security

ITIL Foundation Certification

October 29th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I earn a ITIL Foundation-level certification. For the past six or eight years I have heard of ITIL  certification. I didn’t pay much attention to it as I wasn’t an Enterprise IT person and did see a way that I could qualify for it. A recent look at it changed my mind. […]

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Tags: Change · Computing · Education · Employment · Knowledge · Learning