Why Do I Work So Hard?

July 25, 2019 at 11:19 pm

This direct message via my Facebook account is certainly one of the reasons why!

“Hi Anthony,

I just wanted to thank you for the time and effort you put into your A+ course on cbtnuggets. I’ve always been great with computers, building, troubleshooting etc… However, doing well in school especially when it comes to testing was never my strong suit. I was never good at studying effectively and always felt lost and never knew where to start or how to hone in on the parts I needed to focus on.

There were lots of days I dreaded coming home telling my father my grades or how a big test went. It was never that I didn’t try, it’s just the studying/learning process in schools at the time never worked for me. Thus I started college but after one semester it was just the same struggles as high school, so I gave up on perusing a career in my passion. Until I just couldn’t stand doing what I was for a living anymore. I got sick of it and said screw it – I’m going for some certs til I get out of this job. I had tried in the past but I wasn’t looking for a boot camp, or a tech school with 10,000 dollars six-month training programs.

I found your courses, the way they were structured to break it down into manageable chunks, the flashcards! OMG, the flashcards. I have never used a flashcard system for more than 2 min in my life, but the fact that you can choose how often they cycle through for the ones you know vs don’t know was amazing!

Anyway long story short, I could barely even tell my Dad over the phone, due to the fact that I was crying about being able to tell him I did well and that I knew he would be proud of me, and that I not only just passed my 902, I passed with a 91% (824/900).

I’m 35 years old, and I never imagined other than maybe when my wife and I finally decide to have a kid, that I’d by crying conveying the good news to my father or mother.

Thank you so very much,
and I look forward to more certs in the future!”

– Brian L.



CASP+ Practice Quiz 1

July 16, 2019 at 9:08 am

CASP+Enjoy this CompTIA CASP+ practice exam focusing on the supporting of IT governance and risk management! Have fun! Any questions? Use the comments area below!

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CompTIA Cloud Essentials – Cloud vs Outsourcing

March 13, 2019 at 9:24 pm

Cloud Essentials

One area that students tend to have a little trouble with in Cloud Essentials is the subtle (and not so subtle) differences we are expected to know between the use of public cloud and outsourcing. After all, at first glance, the use of public cloud really seems to be pretty identical to outsourcing your IT.

Here are the ways in which the two are very similar. Memorize these if you are getting ready for your exam:

  • Your IT department lacks some skills that are required in order for you to get some project or goal achieved; this is why you might do public cloud or outsourcing
  • You lack the physical assets you need to get the job done so you outsource or use public cloud
  • You might get a “vendor lock-in” situation in either case, where you are pretty much stuck with that vendor for a longer time period than you might want

Here are ways in which the two differ – again – you should memorize these if the exam is in your future:

  • Public cloud is very specific to IT, where outsourcing can encompass many non-IT aspects of your business
  • Outsourcing tends to feature much longer contract lengths and more involved contract terms; with cloud computing, we do not have to be locked into long or complex contracts
  • Outsourcing tends to offer much more granular options than with public cloud; for example, you might outsource front line support for a single application and the outsourcing company will provide the staff that are very knowledgable in that application

Be on the lookout for more posts that will challenge you in the tougher areas of Cloud Essentials! Thanks for reading!