Friday, September 11, 2009

Working Harder than Before in the Office

This school year sure has been a busy one. Like last year, I'm teaching computers, but unlike last year, I'm teaching junior high and high school students. No rugrats for me this year, which is a bummer. I like the students I have -- especially when I taught most of them when they really were rugrats -- but I love teaching little kids. The courses? Office and typing. Bleah. Luckily, teaching Office 2007 isn't so bad because I'm also teaching right alongside it. Time is tight, but some of them are getting it.

I haven't written a line of code since school started. :( I'm having to learn the Office curriculum I'm teaching, which has been sucking up a lot of time. I also need to expand my IT skills, so I've started studying for an MCSA. Just so you know I haven't drunk the Redmond brand of Kool-Aid, right before I started I had been working on learning CentOS administration, which I still plan on learning. The upshot of the studying is that just in the last week (which is when I started) I've managed to put to use immediately almost everything I've been learning. All of this has seriously cut into my coding time, but with the potential for more money, this is a Really Good Thing (TM).

I'm still planning to go to the Ohio LinuxFest, but I don't know if Haiku will be able to get a table. I'll find out later today, so I guess we'll have to wait and see. Even if we don't get a table, I'm still going and pushing Haiku from the other side of the vendor table. Heh. *evil grin*


  1. If my highschool IPT and ITS classes were any indication "no rugrats for me this year" doesn't seem too likely!

    IMO, MCSA is a bit pointless because the IT industry is saturated with them. Why not check out Novell's NCA which can have you working in both Windows and Linux environments.

    Kudos for teaching actual Office and Typing SKILLS instead of just Microsoft Office.

  2. Were I getting an MCSA just for the purpose of having a certification, I'd completely agree--they are about a dime a dozen. I'm actually studying for it because I have plenty of experience in desktop support, but hardly any in systems administration, particularly in working with Window$ $erver 2003 and 2008. I'm just part of the way into my studies and I've learned a ton of new stuff. If I'm going to do all the studying because I need to fill in the gaps in my expertise, I might as well go a little bit further and get the $500 paper that proves to other people that I know what I'm doing. :)