Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Feeling Frustrated

As you may know, I have been working on my A+ Certification. I know a lot about computers already, but I just wanted that piece of paper that said I knew. However, there is so much little stuff that they expect you to memorize, like... what's the on board cache in a Pentium II Processor? And, what are the minimum requirements cited by Microsoft to use Windows 98? Stuff that you never really need to know by heart when you work on computers, you can always look that stuff up very easily if you need to. My memory sucks. Big time. I'm not sure that I'm going to be able to remember all that trivial stuff. I've been able to pass the practice tests I've taken so far, but it scares me a bit anyhow.

The good news (or maybe it's bad news) is that I may be able to schedule my test at the school the end of March. Other very good news is the vouchers are supposed to be around $65 each and you need two to take two tests, hardware and software, so total cost is only $130, a real bargain! And, if you fail a test, you can still purchase another voucher through the school for the same price and take the test again.

I'm hanging in there. I just registered for the Network+ class, too. I'd really like to pass that, but I know I have a lot to learn about all the different network protocols and topologies. A lot to learn.

Friday, February 03, 2006

More Ice Cream

Man-oh-man-oh-man. I'm really liking this making ice-cream thing. Last weekend we made mint cookies 'n cream ice-cream. Used the vanilla ice-cream recipe and broke up mint orea cookies to put in it. Manda said it was as good as Ben and Jerry's. Yum!

Today I took a dark chocolate candy bar I bought in Toronto this past summer (the expiration date was a few months away yet) and shaved it with a knife to make small pieces and put it in the vanilla ice-cream recipe. Really yum.

I want to make a Kaluha ice-cream yet. And strawberry. I'm going to have to get the treadmill out and start using it on a regular basis so I don't get fat eating all this great homemade ice-cream!