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RE: Certification or College degrees?
> Stephen Sprunk > Thus spake "Nigel Clarke" <email@example.com> > > Certifications are a waste of time. You'd be better off > > obtaining a Computer Science degree and focusing on the > > core technologies. > > If you're looking to write software, sure. A CompSci degree > won't help you > in the slightest at operating networks. Usually what you say is helpful. I have to disagree with you here though. A few things I learned in a CIS degree program which apply to networking: bits/bytes/megabytes queueing/stacks/buffers/ring buffers data structures undirected/directed graphs - routing shortest path (Dijkstra's) algorithm = OSPF spanning tree algorithm ping :) scheme - command line compilers bash/csh/tcsh/X - all useful in network management. telnet patience I could go on... Plus, when you are in the labs, and if you have the slightest bit of geek curiosity, the mind wanders and you inevitably have to find out how everything is connected. Luckily the curiosity blossomed from there. -- blake