T-minus 29 days till I take the Cisco 640-822 exam aka the CCENT

On Monday July 30, 2012, I will be taking my first Cisco certification exam. I’ll be taking the Cisco exam 640-822 ICND1, “Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1.” Passing the ICND1 exam grants the test taker the credential of Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT). All over the internet you can locate examples of people taking about preparing for Cisco certification exams. Some of them even talk about the mad dash to finish line. In my case the mad dash is starting twenty nine days out from the exam. I will be studying every day between now and the exam day. I’m sure you will be able to read about my journey along the way to getting Cisco certified.

It’s 8:24 PM and I’m reading the CCENT/CCNA ICND1 640-822 Official Cert Guide, Premium Edition eBook and Practice Test PDF from Cisco Press in scrolling mode. Somehow I suspect that I should be way further along than page 52/1015…

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computer Networking
    • The Flintstones Network example is horrible, contrived, and totally off-putting
  • Chapter 2: The TCP/IP and OSI Networking Models
    • Ok. This is where the book really starts…
  • Chapter 3: Fundamentals of LANs
    • I’m about to hit page 100/1015

I’m going to have to focus on three separate study sessions each day: early morning, lunch, and late evening. Each study session will last for about an hour and will probably involve some blogging.

Adobe Premier Elements Review

Video editing takes time. It really does. Digital editing has commoditized the business of making content. The actual digital editing part requires paying attention and making a ton of decisions. HD video takes forever to render. You will be surprised just how long it really does take. Processing an entire Blu-ray movie takes my six core AMD Phenom II X6 1045T processor running at 2.70 GHz several hours. I have Adobe Premier Elements installed on a 64-bit Windows 8 Release Preview system. The entire experience drove me to consider upgrading from my 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM. I downloaded the trial version from the Adobe website and kicked the tires for a bit before upgrading to the full version. Importing the video was the easy part. Video design within Adobe Premier Elements involves architecting one continuous stream of content and marking scenes. I have not figured out to include sub videos.

  • I’m still working on this review. My beta build of my first Blu-ray disc for Andy’s wedding is rendering right now. Even upscaled the DVD quality just did not hold up on my 60 inch Sony Bravia HDTV.

When will the PS4 vs. Xbox 720 battle begin?

My new HTC EVO 4G LTE arrived this week and its awesome

My new cellphone finally arrived. After waiting for 2 years for a new HTC EVO the suspense was overwhelming. A parade of new phones have come and gone over since Sprint introduced the EVO. No other Android phone has changed market opinion of a company the same way the EVO did for Sprint. Two years ago I cancelled my service contract with Verizon Wireless to get the HTC EVO and the unlimited access to data that it provided.

My new HTC EVO 4G LTE
My new HTC EVO 4G LTE

I paid the early termination fees for both Joni and I without any reservations or hesitation. This time around I did not have to pay any early termination fees, but Sprint did hit me with ridiculous activation fees. Sprint executives should know that activation fees for upgrading equipment are classless and poor form. Customer loyalty should count for something. When a customer is signing up for an additional 2 years of monthly service fees that should mean something. This time the upgrade process with Sprint support services was pretty easy. I am still trying to decide if a cellphone really needs to be stored in a case. My new cellphone has to last for about 2 years until my next upgrade cycle with Sprint. My last HTC EVO case worked really well it protected the phone from several significant drops and at least one spill. When the cellphone company engineers are designing products do they assume that the device will need a case to survive? Obviously, a product that needs a case to survive in the wild would be structurally incomplete.

A strategy for forecasting micro market emergence

What am I doing these days? The answer is simple. Most of my time is being devoted to one computer programming task. I am developing predictive algorithms for automated forecasting of micro market emergence. As a scholarly discipline housed within the schools of economics and business game theory has been gaining popularity over the last couple of decades. Elements of game have become a part of the broader public consciousness including pop culture references in both social media and film. Outside of game theories effect on the public mind a few algorithms based on game theory have been developed to assist researchers with all sorts of computations. Over the years I have become increasingly focused on automating processes to build datasets.  My goal is to have a working model running by June 15, 2012.

I’m watching TED Talks on Netflix

Memorial Day weekend seems to have started fairly slowly. This is my on call weekend at work and I have already worked one escalation this weekend. Telephony problems always seem to happen in waves, but I guess that is how things work. Other than writing some sweet Perl code this weekend I have decided to make a concerted effort to watch a wide variety of TED Talks videos on Netflix via my PS3.