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As I am starting to actually do more things, I recall that I wanted to get myself a Dell laptop before I hauled off to Santa Fe again this year. (Dell because we get a good deal on them.)

The little Inspiron seems nicely portable, and lap-compatible. The ones with big screens seem ... just too big, although for DVD watching it'd be good. Pluses? Minuses? Ideas?

Also, I'm thinking of switching DSL providers ... Sonic is reliable, but I don't need to pay for a fixed IP and extra internet account, and I'm thinking wireless card for that new laptop as well. Any Bay Area recs?

In other news, I was browsing around for MCSA/MCSE study aids and was shocked to learn that there are companies out there that advertise "we will have people take the tests for you and mail you the certificates". On Google. Yikes!!! I was thinking "MCSA/E in a week, cool" and the horror of the truth dawned upon me.

Any tips on good online-available study/test-taking guides? I've got enough dosh to pay for the full Transcenders-with-study-guides, if that helps calibrate. I've never taken an MS test in my life ... so far have made a good living as an "equivalent".

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cat_herder
May. 4th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
I use SBC Yahoo DSL and like it just fine. I don't recall how much it costs.

If you get a laptop, don't get an HP, that's all I gotta say.

Nephew's happy with his DELL mumble. So, I guess DELL is a good brand.
I like to go for leading edge computers rather than trailing edge. Its better to have a computer last for 7 years with all one's cruft residing happily on it than get a previous model at a discount and have it last 4 years and move the cruft.

Look at comparisons for battery life, too. That's the whole point of a laptop, but some manufacturers don't get it.

I dunno abt MS study guides, alas.
ayse
May. 4th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
I like having a normal sized laptop screen and then, if you want to watch a movie, plugging it into a TV or larger monitor. But actually, given that I lived with a 13" TV for a long time and liked it, the laptop screen is just fine for watching movies.
genomekelly
May. 4th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
Are you _really_ surprised that the MCSE/MCSA business includes corrupt & shady operators and so-called IT experts willing to pay for cheating their way to a credential?

There are paid-testers in mainland China who sit for English-As-Second-Language GREs, and I've read about college-application-essay-writing-for-hire.

(Don't get me started on legitimate universities trying to cash in on distance-learning and certificate programs!)
berkeleyfarm
May. 4th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
Well it explains the utter incompetence of some of the MCSEs I've worked with. Although I thought they just went to boot camp, crammed the tests, and never worked in production environments.
cat_herder
May. 4th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Well, if those hooples are your competition, you're in great shape. You actually *know* stuff.
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