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July 30, 2005

hurry hurry hurry

if you’ve been thinking about taking an ms exam, time to get off your duff!

ms’ current offer for a free retake if you fail an exam ends next month.

note: only the initial exam has to be completed by august 31. the 2nd take has to be completed before september 30.

study hard…and good luck!

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July 30, 2005

today’s rantus majorus: this is not a beta test!

i loathe the fact that ms peppers their exams with non-scored “test” questions. the verbiage you have to click-approve prior to taking an exam says “hey…don’t worry…these questions aren’t scored…no big deal…helps us out…thanks for playing.”

well, excuse-moi for assuming that all the hours i’ve put in studying (not to mention the testing fee i’ve paid, plus my non-billable hours to take the test, plus the 120 mile round trip to get to the nearest testing center) are for my professional benefit, not your company’s…thank ya very little.

did it ever occur to anyone that since i don’t know which questions won’t be scored, i might waste an inordinate amount of time on an “unscored” question (or heaven forbid, more than one).

time prolly much better spent on questions that actually count toward something crazy like…say…my final fracking score!

not so surprising that testing centers have added a phrase to the bottom of candidate sign-in sheets that says:

threats of physical harm or violence toward testing center personnel can result in expulsion from the testing center, forfeiture of fees, loss of certification status, and even notification of law enforcement.”

hey all you tech vendors: time to do your part to help prevent testing center violence.

if i want to take a beta exam, i’ll sign up for one. otherwise, test me on the content i’ve prepared to be tested on, and leave the unscored “junk” off my exams.

thank you for playing…

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July 30, 2005

today’s rantus minorus: if a train leaves redmond, travelling at 60 mph…

why doesn’t ms give the max score possible on certification exams anymore?

is it because they don’t want testing candidates calculating how many points each question is worth? do they consider candidates determining the minimum number of questions they need to get right to assure a pass some kind of unfair advantage?

personally, i think encouraging basic math skills (like long division and calculating percentages) in candidates for technology exams is a good thing.

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July 30, 2005

top 10 rides if microsoft owned disneyland

10. gadget’s go-to-market coaster
9. great moments with mr. gates
8. mad sql party
7. frontierland troubleshootin’ experience
6. longhorn bobsleds
5. isatopia
4. anti-spyware of the caribbean
3. goofy’s server bounce
2. sp2 mountain

and finally,
1. it’s a small business server world after all

thanks to handy andy and ms. stanton for their contributions, and the diva for a wider audience

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July 30, 2005

best 3 pieces of info this week

your friendly neighborhood happyfunboy has had an especially good week…and here are the main reasons why:

  1. we met the last criteria for the info worker competency wednesday
  2. we are 1 of only 2 ms partners with small biz specialist in our entire state
  3. received word from quite high up in the ms food chain that small biz specialist does add 25 partner points (or will soon)

also:

  1. finished an article
  2. made a marketing contact at ms
  3. half-dozen nice client saves
  4. new bsg tonight rocked

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