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CCNA test...failure!

From: BJ
Sent on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 8:39 PM
I've been a lurker up to this point, so allow myself to introduce...myself.

I've been an IT professional since 1997, when I got my first job with Bay Networks - remember them?  It didn't take long for me to strike out on my own as a contractor, back in those golden days, and I've basically been CCNA certified since 1999.  I was even CCNP certified between 2001 and 2004, but I stupidly let that one expire.

For the last two years I've been working in a more "managerial" role and less of a hands-on role, and my skills have rusted considerably.  My CCNA expired in April, so after *some* study I went and took the test this morning - and failed it.  Passing score is 825/1000, and I scored 801.

Needless to say, I'm pissed.  It's not entirely unexpected, but still, I'm pissed.  I mean come on, I've been doing this crap for more than a decade now.  I even taught a five-day class on OSPF/BGP once!  I should know this stuff!

I know some of you meet in Rosemont on a regular basis, but I live in Logan Square and would like to start regular meetings here or in some other downtown locale.  I don't have a lab to speak of, but what I *do* have is ample space in my large apartment to host regular study sessions.  (If you've ever been to a Reddit meetup before, chances are you've been to my apartment - it's very near the Diversey/Western/Elston intersection.)  I've utilized ccie4u.com's rack rentals in the past and that's certainly feasible to do in a group setting.  (I just looked at their website for the first time in a long time...8 bucks for four hours?  Am I reading that right?  Didn't they charge $50 for a four-hour block a few years ago??)  Anyway, Thursday evenings work best for me, and I'm thinking we can meet every other week or so.

So, starting next week, on Thursday July 11th, I'll start hosting bi-weekly study sessions with ample hands-on time.  I'm not sure how ccie4u blocks their time, but if we can do a 5pm-9pm or 6pm-10pm thing, I think that would accommodate the most number of people.  I'm flexible.

If you're interested in attending, shoot me an email.  If we have enough interest, I'll send out an email to all interested parties with detailed address info, etc.

Oh, one more thing: I need a new PC.  Can anyone recommend a reputable seller in the city?

Thanks,

BJ


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