True Story



  • Relayed to me from a co-worker:

    Retired Analyst: I want to get into this programming stuff so I signed up for a C++ class out at the local college.
    Co-Worker: Wow, okay, but C++ is really not an easy language to start out in...
    Retired Analyst: Yeah, I heard that, so I'll probably just ease my way into it, starting with A+.

     



  • @zelmak said:

    starting with A+

    maybe they're just really optimistic about doing well?





  • Oh dear. This could become a "Who's on First?" sketch with extra nerd sauce very easily.



  •  So it's finally happened.  Someone created an IT version of the math joke I heard 35 years ago where the guy decides to learn differential equations, but figures he'd better start off easy and buys himself a book on partial differential equations.



  • @zelmak said:

    Retired Analyst: Yeah, I heard that, so I'll probably just ease my way into it, starting with A+.
     

    He could have been right.

    But somehow I doubt it.



  • @Cassidy said:

    @zelmak said:

    Retired Analyst: Yeah, I heard that, so I'll probably just ease my way into it, starting with A+.
     

    He could have been right.

    But somehow I doubt it.

    You know, I don't think I know anyone that has a CompTIA A+ cert. I think they're a myth.

    I do remember from my junior level days every entry-level position wanting it though.



  • I have a non-IT true conversation I heard about from two users while I was up there fixing stuff on friday:

    Talking about hanging out the laundry to dry outside their houses

    User 1: You hang out your socks? Don't hang out your socks!
    User 2: Why?
    User 1: Because if someone breaks into your house, they can take the socks,
    wear them as gloves and leave no fingerprints when they break in
    User 2: Oh wow, I'm going to stop doing that now
    User 1: Yeah, I stopped a while ago!

    ...
    Firstly, what stops a robber from doing that with ANY OTHER clothes?
    Say, anything else on the clothesline, or their damn shirt. Secondly, do
    police even pull fingerprints from a general robbery? I don't know, but
    I doubt it.

    I was waiting for User 2 to sarcastically point out how stupid this is. It never happened.



  • @Adanine said:

    Secondly, do police even pull fingerprints from a general robbery?

    When our student house in the UK got burgled the police dusted for fingerprints.


    They didn't catch the people responsible but they told us as much at the time.



  • @Adanine said:

    User 1: You hang out your socks? Don't hang out your socks!
    User 2: Why?
    User 1: Because if someone breaks into your house, they can take the socks,
    wear them as gloves and leave no fingerprints when they break in

    That's what you get for living in a bad neighborhood. If you move to a better place, where the burglars can afford their own gloves, you can hang out your socks all you want.



  • How C++ works:

    1. load C
    2. add 1
    3. the result is the original C



  • @Ben L. said:

    How C++ works:
    1. load C
    2. add 1
    3. the result is the original C

    In other words: increase the value of C, and return something that now is a bit less than C.



  • @Nexzus said:

    You know, I don't think I know anyone that has a CompTIA A+ cert. I think they're a myth.

    I have one from the earlier days of the cert -- when it was still a lifetime cert and the tests were on DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1, even though Windows 95 had been out for a couple of years.

    That was when most of my work consisted of tech work.  Later, I was more system administration and consulting, and then I finally had the opportunity to go into development full time.  I have not looked back.  I much prefer creating things to fixing things.... or, at least, rebuilding things that other people can't code right.

    When you fix a computer, then your job is done and it is time to walk away.  When you fix code, you get to see it being used (in most cases) and see how it improves people's work environments... which reminds me of a project that was full of WTFs that I fixed... Thinking of that I actually have a lot of material for the side bar that I will have to post soon.



  • @Nexzus said:

    You know, I don't think I know anyone that has a CompTIA A+ cert. I think they're a myth.
     

    I'm kinda inclined to agree with you.

    We (my company) had plenty of interest for A+ courses when it fact they simply wanted familiarisation with hardware and software to teach first-line support how to swap out PCI cards and add drivers.Very few people that went in for A+ training actually bothered to sit the exam at the end.

    The course content was heavily outdated, also. Screen dumps of DOS, WFW3.11, Win95 and WinNT, information about configuring IRCs on ISA cards, using AT commands to interrogate a modem... all good legacy stuff but very little of it relevant to computers at the time (and modern architecture like USB was completely missing).

    Damn, I hated doing that stuff.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Planar said:

    @Ben L. said:
    How C++ works:
    1. load C
    2. add 1
    3. the result is the original C

    In other words: increase the value of C, and return something that now is a bit less than C.

    Well, yes. If you want the new value, you should use ++C.



  • @RTapeLoadingError said:

    When our student house in the UK got burgled the police dusted for fingerprints.


    They didn't catch the people responsible but they told us as much at the time.

    When my office got burgled (well, not exactly, the thieves simply came in and took stuff while nobody was looking) around a decade ago, police came and dusted for fingerprints. Since stuff was only taken from my room, which was the server room, there were a lot of electronics to dust, which were all completely destroyed.

    The police ended up doing far more damage than the burglars, and it was all for nothing because criminals are never caught in real life.



  • I have one from 2004, along with Network+. I did desktop support during my college days, so it was a good way to enter the field.

    Back then, it was a lifetime certification. I still list it on my resume, although I doubt anybody cares.


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