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Lies, Damn Lies, and Certifications - The Cover Story
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Wed, Apr. 28th, 2004 10:41 am
Lies, Damn Lies, and Certifications

So for my job, I need to pass a certification exam known as the CDIA+. I'm studying from a manual from Specialized Solutions. I don't know how the test is, but the exam manual is chock full of misleading information, typographical errors, and flat out lies. Among the best:


  1. "At this time, there are no real standards for exchanging primary disks and drives except in the 5.25-inch area." --page 65

  2. "1,143,000 KB x 143,000 KB = 1,573,000 KB (1.573 GB)" --page 36

  3. "Common terminal emulation modes:
    [...]
    DEC - VT100, VT220, VT320, VT340, VT420
    UNIX - Telnet" --page 73



This is all before Chapter 4. Argh! In other news, pezzonovante will be pleased to know that the entire second chapter of this manual is on Legal Issues. kgola will be pleased to know I finally bought some polish for my boots.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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silvermaeve
silvermaeve
Cess
Wed, Apr. 28th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)

mrew?


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Wed, Apr. 28th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)

That's disturbing. I ran across an interesting quote from the manual for a new barcode scanner we got at work:
Just below a configuration barcode labeled "Start up code" on page 9: If the scanner’s light is on, but it can not read. Try to scan the “start up code”. The scanner may read again.


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kgola
kgola
Kit
Wed, Apr. 28th, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC)

bout damn time!
(p.s. i told mike to save you a shirt. he said he didn't think it likely they'd run out.)


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