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Monday, January 30, 2006

Take that 70-340!

Despite my previous failure, this morning I retook and passed exam 70-340 with a score of 742. That being said... I am still puzzled.

Like last time, I answered each question with what I thought to be the best answer... and both times I was wrong a fair amount.

There is a part of me that wishes there was an ability to find out the actual answers and explanations of why one is better than another on those that I was truly confident in my (incorrect) answer.

Yes, I could always consult a dump however I have reservations about their accuracy.

Now just one more test stands between me and an MCSD, 70-300, a test I have heard nothing but bad things about. But first I am going to try my hand at the beta version of 70-552 in early March as I figure a free beta upgrade exam is a little better than rushing 70-300 before review time at the end of February.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Brendan's Student Loans.com

Previously here I've spoken about my student loans and the length of time that I will be paying them for and recently I decided to try something else to get them paid off just a little bit earlier. Blatant eBegging.

That's right, I am now soliciting funds and other help from the kind people online in the hopes that with their help, I can pay off my loans in less than the current 16 year time frame, and as part of it, I've updated the Current Debt image you see on the right of this blog and below. Now, it updates daily with my current debt load and takes you to my site related to this: brendansstudentloans.com. Check it out. Tell your friends. Donate.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Owned by 70-340

Out of a 1000 points, with 700 required for passing... I scored a meager 520.

The worst part... is that I know exactly what questions I got wrong. Most of those I missed were of the ‘select the best solution’ style when the question has choices such as:

You are a software developer for your company. You are building an application to add two numbers together to reach 20, which is the best way to do so?

  1. 5*4

  2. 10*2

  3. pi/r^2

  4. 10+10

Yes, this is an overly simplified version, however somewhat accurate to some of the questions where most or all answers were correct, the trick, was knowing exactly which was best and why.

Oh well... live and learn. Over the weekend I will expand my studying and retake this test in a week or two. Grumble grumble.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

70-340: T-11 hours

After 6 weeks of studying, tomorrow at 9am I am going in to take exam 70-340, my 2nd to last test before achieving an MCSD.NET.

I must admit, this is the first test I’ve had any kind of... concern before hand. While I think I will pass. I have learned a lot during my course of study, things that I will be using later, and things that are still new enough too me that I am afraid I will confuse them when I’m at the test center tomorrow.

Also worth note: I am putting a bit of a rush on getting this test banged out so that I have a bit of time to study and attempt 70-300 before the end of February for review time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Ray Nagin, My Hero for January 2006

From time to time, there are individuals who show themselves to be above and beyond the common man. Individuals who separate themselves from the chaff of the world and show just what kind of great person they are. Individuals who do great deeds, showing themselves as people we should look up to... and pray that we are never like.

Yesterday New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin did just that during a speech honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in which he spoke of a conversation he had with MLK andin a dream and other topics, he said in part:

God is mad at America in part because he does not approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. He is sending hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it is destroying and putting stress on this country.

And that god is "upset at black America also", adding:

We are not taking care of ourselves. We are not taking care of our women, and we are not taking care of our children when you have a community where 70 percent of its children are being born to one parent.

So he's anti-war and wants better for blacks... seems reasonable right? Isn't everyone entitled to their opinion? Do any of us really want people to be poor or otherwise ‘disadvantaged’ in our country?

To quote a CNN article:

"I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day," Nagin said in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech. "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be."

A chocolate city? I wonder what Mayor Nagin and God have against people with yellow, green, red, white or blue skin?

Afterwards, a reporter asked about what he meant by a 'chocolate city' and posed the question that such talk could be divisive,

Mayor Nagin responded:

How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about. New Orleans was a chocolate city before Katrina. It is going to be a chocolate city after. How is that divisive? It is white and black working together, coming together and making something special.

We've heard exactly this sort of crazy rant from non other than Pat Robertson, so this begs the question... what is the difference between Pat Robertson and Ray Nagin? Pat Robertson isn't racist, or at least he doesn't come off that way as he seems to hate equally.

Mayor Ray Nagin... I salute you for your over the top racist and divisive comments that do nothing to help anyone and instead lead to the sort of racist environment that you and others blame for the aftermath of Katrina.

Way to go!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Arrested Development: Why do you keep hurting us Fox?

Continuing to wonder when we might be able to see the two missing Arrested Development Episodes that were scheduled to air on Monday... I once again stopped by the official website which has removed the note about a full hour on Monday… and replaced it with: “All-New Episodes Coming Soon!”

Maybe... this is a brilliant plan for Fox to kill AD once and for all without giving another network a chance to pick it up. How? By reducing the number of episodes in each season.

Lets see...

Season 1: 22 Episodes
Season 2: 18 Episodes - 4 episodes less than Season 1
Season 3: 13 Episodes - 5 episodes less than Season 2

Based on this trend... if they were to renew it for a 4th season, they’d be likely to cut the season to only 7 episodes (6 episodes less than Season 3)... and any potential 5th season would be limited having no episodes given this downward trend (7 episodes less than Season 4).

Damn you Fox and your brilliant scheme to keep everyone from enjoying this wonderful show you refused to advertise or give a permanent time slot.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Arrested Development: Unlikely to return

Following up on my early post on the status of the missing episodes of Arrested Development, I just got off the phone with a person at my local Fox affiliate who took 3 hours to get back to me, in large part she said because she had to do some research for the info. Here’s what I learned:

  • Arrested Development was originally scheduled to air its final two episodes last night but was removed for unknown reasons.

  • The last planned airing of a new episode was on 1/2/06 (last week)

  • The other two episodes may be rescheduled for sometime in the future

I suppose this is good news... while I’d like to see the remainder of the season... I’ll just have to wait for the DVD’s to be released as well as another network picking up the show.

Where was I? Oh yes... God Damn You Fox!

Arrested Development: MIA

Like many, I excitedly sat down to watch the final two episodes of Arrested Development last night… only to be disappointed by two back to back REPEATS of House.

Worse yet... a quick look at the Fox schedule doesn’t give any hints as to when it might be airing... the whole while the official website continues to claim “A Full Hour Monday 8/7c”... which sure didn’t happen last night.

In the mean time I’ve got a call into my local Fox affiliate asking question and seeing if they can’t find out and tell me when we might see the final episodes.

What really gets me about this though... is what little advertising there was... said that we’d have the final two episodes tonight. Finally! Fox does some advertising of such a great show (I only saw one spot)... and then change their minds.

In either case... Damn you Fox!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Projects, Ideas and Fatigue

Over the weekend I was building an HTML front end to an ASP.NET application I’ve been pondering for quite some time. Never being very good at web design (the front end aspect of it at least) it was taking even longer than one would expect, of course, that’s not a bad thing given that like any project I believe in... or at least want to get done, I can be quite obsessive and spend the time and attention needed to get it done.

I had planned to go to bed around 10, but I didn’t.

Come around 10:30 I noticed that my eyes were having a hard time focusing on the screen.

At 11 I gave up and decided it was time for bed, the rest of the work would have to wait until the following day after work.

Unfortunately... sleep did not come as easily as I would have liked. For well over 90 minutes I tossed and turned... my mind racing with other ideas and enhancements for this project.

Always nice to intend to go to bed at 10, actually have your head hit the pillow at 11, not fall asleep until 1:30 and have to be up at 6am.

I expect this is only going to get worse until I finish this thing and have it go live to the world... something I think I may be able to get done within a week or two.