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July 10, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • Those Who Don't Learn from the Past ...

2. FEATURED THREADS

  • LP (Warning: Contains Explicit Text)
  • Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) Software License Change
  • Cisco MxU Specialist
  • Iana.org Tries to Contact My Server
  • Subnet Formula: N or N-2?
  • Company Having $ Problems
  • Freaky Spam

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Get Valuable Info for Free with IT Consultant Newsletter
  • Got Digital?

4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO

  • Will Willis's Web Site
  • MP3 Players
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Informal Salary Survey
  • XP and Radeon 7500 Hell!
  • Shields Up

5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • Senior Gurus—How Can You Be One?

6. FEATURED MEMBER

  • Michael T. Hall

7. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by Gregory W. Smith, gsmith@certtutor.net)

  • THOSE WHO DON'T LEARN FROM THE PAST ...

  • So much of today's computing technology is more automated than technology from just a few years ago. For instance, today's ISPs generally provide users with a media kit that automatically finds the telephone and automatically configures the user's PC to use the proper name-resolution servers and mail servers. Even without custom media, newer versions of Windows provide wizards that handle this type of configuration with far less effort than was needed previously.

    All this automation is wonderful for someone who simply wants to plug in and turn on their computer, but for those users who want to learn how their system works, automation can make finding system settings and configuration information difficult. Also, the process of setting up a new computer—even from parts—is much easier today. Unlike motherboards of the past that used jumpers to configure certain settings, today's systems provide "soft" configurations.

    So, what's a newbie to do? Because new machines are relatively expensive for the purposes of learning how a system works, a quick hands-on tutorial for Computer Technology Industry Association's (CompTIA's) A+ certification would be to purchase a used system (with installation media for the OS, if possible), take the system apart, and rebuild the system from the pieces. (A tougher test might be to put together a system that someone else has taken apart.)

    On the software side, old games such as id Software's DOOM require a good understanding of IPX to set up and configure on a network. Fortunately, old games are inexpensive, and most of them perform well enough on today's systems for everyone except hard-core gamers—and even hard-core gamers might be surprised at how much better an old game performs on new hardware.

    Still itching for more challenges? If you have Windows NT 4.0 server, open the Clients folder and find the MS-DOS client for NT networking. Try setting up a workstation with the MS-DOS client and have it connect to your server. For an added challenge, skip NetBIOS and try using TCP/IP. Interestingly, Symantec uses the same MS-DOS client networking stack technology for its Norton Ghost boot disks—and understanding this technology can help you if you ever have trouble using a NIC that isn't on the default Windows list.

    2. FEATURED THREADS

  • LP (WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT TEXT)

  • <Mohareb> shows his stuff once more, spoofing Eminem and our online community in a funny rap parody!
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=33577

  • MICROSOFT ACTION PACK SUBSCRIPTION (MAPS) SOFTWARE LICENSE CHANGE

  • Do you run your own business? Or maybe do some consulting on the side? If so, you probably know that the MAPS service for software titles has been a good deal in the past. And it just got better. <BobMuir> posts licensing changes that should make any computer consultant or hobbyist take note.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=33550

  • CISCO MXU SPECIALIST

  • <Ian_McLean> informs us of a new Cisco Systems certification, or rather, specialization. This introduction kicks off a discussion about the number and quality of all Cisco certifications.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=76&threadid=33104

  • IANA.ORG TRIES TO CONTACT MY SERVER

  • <Dark Knight> has an unusual situation in which Iana.org (the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) attempts to contact his server, which uses reserved network address space, for DNS information on the internal LAN.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=45&threadid=33407

  • SUBNET FORMULA: N OR N-2?

  • <omni101> brings an old question to the table: How, exactly, does Cisco Systems assign subnets? And do these assignments work the same way in the real world and on Cisco's exam?
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=76&threadid=33493

  • COMPANY HAVING $ PROBLEMS

  • <BJ> brings up a good question: If your employer is no longer a stable company and you're beginning a job search, what do you tell prospective employers?
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=33551

  • FREAKY SPAM

  • <Lisa> just started receiving spam from her own email address, and others in her company are getting spam from themselves as well. What's going on?
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=33569

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS
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    4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO
    The following threads from the past 10 days are "on fire":

  • WILL WILLIS'S WEB SITE

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=33615

  • MP3 PLAYERS

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=33513

  • PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=33462

  • INFORMAL SALARY SURVEY

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=33479

  • XP AND RADEON 7500 HELL!

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=11&threadid=33261

  • SHIELDS UP

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=33618

    5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • SENIOR GURUS—HOW CAN YOU BE ONE?

  • The Senior Guru title is for those members who the Tutor Team believes have made an outstanding positive contribution to the CertTutor.net Live! discussion board. Contrary to speculation, bribes and songs are not required to gain the title. For a discussion on this new title, check out the URL below.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=17&threadid=33530

    6. FEATURED MEMBER
    Each week, we highlight the wonderful diversity of the community here at CertTutor.net Live! by selecting one of the board's members as our Featured Member. You might be next!

    Username:         hallmt
    Real Name:        Michael T. Hall
    Date Registered:  January 31, 2000
    Status:           Senior Guru
    Total Posts:      394
    Certifications:   CCNP, MCP
    Occupation:       Network engineer
    Location:         Auburn, WA
     

    7. CONTACT US
    Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

    • ABOUT THE COMMENTARY — gsmith@certtutor.net
    • ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER IN GENERAL — rcarson@winnetmag.com

    (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)

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