Netacad: NDG's Linux Unhatched and Linux Essentials review

Netacad: NDG's Linux Unhatched and Linux Essentials review
Okay, I have not posted anything for a long time, because I am very busy with studying the Linux fundamentals and something else. First let me tell you that I took some courses back in college (I believe in 2012-13) and I can say that I completely forgot 80% what I learned. So I hit the books and did some studying during this COVID-19 period. I am not sure if I want to continue learning Linux and take the CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004) or the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 (101-500) exam after 2021. However, I do want to remember what I studied 7-8 years ago. Back in the day, I was energetic and curious about the Linux kernel and the free software that Continue reading

Free Cybersecurity Education for Veterrans, Transitioning Service Members, Military Spouse, etc.

Free Cybersecurity Education for Veterrans, Transitioning Service Members, Military Spouse, etc.
Today I want to talk about free education for people in the service that are: Veterans Transitioning service member within 180 days of end of active service National Guard Reservist Military Spouses and want a career in cybersecurity. Of course, you can find more information at Cisco's Networking Academy website for more information: Start Your Journey to a Career in Cybersecurity I tried it because I was studying for the CompTIA Security+ certification and I wanted to see if this can help me with my studies. I think it did help somewhat and I don't regret it taking them. So, if anyone who wants to pursue Security+, CCNA Security, or Cisco Certified Continue reading

CCNA Routing and Switching: Connecting Networks review

CCNA Routing and Switching: Connecting Networks review
I just finished the 4th course and final class for Cisco Networking. After this, I think I can take the CCNA certification test. In less than one year, I study my butt off and push myself in learning about networking. This quick 8- week semester was a bit easier than the CCNA-3, but it requires a bit more planning to do a student project and the CCNA-4 case study. The case study is a giant packet tracer assignment that test everything you learn from all 4 courses. I will spare you the details for the student project, which is a project to do a PowerPoint and show the class what is your dream network. The case study is a packet tracer file that wants you to Continue reading

Cisco Routing & Switching Essentials review

Cisco Routing & Switching Essentials review
Another semester (8 weeks course) and it was great. The Cisco Routing & Switching Essentials course was a bit tougher than the Introduction to Networks course. I used the third edition book (eBay was like $15), but I believe that the 4th edition had new content that I needed for the last quizzes. For example, the third edition had 11 chapters and only 9 chapters were covered in this course. The 4th edition have 10 chapters and one of those chapters have new material not found on the third edition. I still believe you can use the previous edition to pass this class, as the online materials goes in to good details. If you don’t believe me, then buy the Continue reading

CCNA R&S: Introduction to Networks Review

CCNA R&S: Introduction to Networks Review
It was not long ago that I looked at the packet tracer online course that was offer at Cisco Network Academy for free. I think it was a good introduction to see how networking works in the small working environment, but I felt that it was lacking core skills. Well, I took CCNA R&S: Introduction to Networks and I have to say that I like it. I mean, I like it a lot. The problem for people who takes this course is that you need to take this course at a real location and the cost is determine by the institution. At my local community college, it cost $50 a unit; therefore, this 3 unit program cost about $150. However, if you add the one textbook, school Continue reading

Cisco Packet Tracer 0918 (7.*) review

Cisco Packet Tracer 0918 (7.*) review
Recently I did a phone interview that did not go well. To be fair, I did not study the basics for networking pretty well, but I should at least brush up my networking skills. For instance, the job I was applying involved security and expensive software that detects intrusion. Of course I did my homework and did research on the company and the software that they used. I also went back and grab some old college books that linked to Windows Server 2012 and CentOS. However, the phone interview questions were the simple questions as what OSI model layer do you find the network cable. I said 7, but realized after that I had everything upside down (7 was 1 and 1 Continue reading