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By rlcoble ·
Just a quick introduction. I am currently a student at the University of Phoenix Online. I am a BSIT major. I am not yet involved in the IT, but I will be.

I signed up for this site in hopes of learning more about my chosen field as I study.

Robin.
rlcoble@ctlnet.com

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Welcome Aboard!

by road-dog In reply to New To TechRepublic

Don't worry, no hazing the new guys here!

If you have a technical question, please park it on the Technical Q&A side. General discussion goes in here.

The bathrooms are down the hall on the left!

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Road-Dog

by maxwell edison In reply to Welcome Aboard!

Great sense of humor. Thanks for the chuckle.

Maxwell

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RE: Welcome Aboard

by Garion11 In reply to Welcome Aboard!

Still trying to find the ladies locker room....

Cafe is under construction.

BYOB!

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If you want to learn a lot

by maxwell edison In reply to New To TechRepublic

Robin,

Road-Dog was correct about posting any of your technical questions on the Q&A forum. There are a lot of people ready, willing, and able to answer your questions.

This discussion forum is a great place for back and forth dialogue on themore "thought-provoking" issues. I think they are both great forums. Welcome aboard.

But if you really want to enhance your learning curve, try answering some of the questions. Pick a question in an area that interests you, a question for which you - don't - know the answer, and do a little research to try to find the answer. I find this to be a great exercise. After all, in the IT field we are constantly plagued with problems for which we have no answer. Part of the job is to discover that answer.

Good luck,

Maxwell

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Tech rep is great any other resources

by jsjhockey In reply to If you want to learn a lo ...

I have recently begun reading and following many discussions on Tech Republic, much valuable info here. Brief history, I am a respiratory therapist trying to change careers, I recently passed the A+ exam but do not feel that I am yet qualified for a help desk job, are there any resources (ie books, magazines) that I could read that might have sample Help Desk questions and solutions. Something that I could read and try to come up with correct answer on my own, and then see what solution works. I have the basc knowledge but not yet the intuitive transition from book knowledge to reality. Thanks

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Welcome to TR

by Garion11 In reply to Tech rep is great any oth ...

Hi,

Lets face it, all the certs in the world aren't going to be much use unless you have some solid experience.

I think the best way to gain some experience is to build your own home network, document it, and you can list that under your resume as experience.

Go to a computer show, buy items and accessories to build your computer, build a network, (several books can help if you run into issues or we are here for ya!), and go crazy with the network. Cause problems (install the wrong drivers for a NIC for example) install multiple operating systems, install programs (I'd stick with programs that are used by corporations such as Outlook, Eudora, Norton, Goldmine, fax software, printers etc..)and learn to use them and see if you could fix them, swap the hardware from one PCs to the other to see what you run into, so on so forth.

Good luck.

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Try brainbuzz.com

by road-dog In reply to Tech rep is great any oth ...

They have a function where you are emailed a "question of the day" that is helpful. If you don't know the answer, find it. Research ability is valuable. You don't have to know everything if you know where to look things up!

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