I did say I’d try to be more dili­gent in writ­ing jour­nal entries last time, but I guess I failed. Well, no mat­ter. It’s not as if my life is a rich tapes­try or any­thing. Suf­fice to say that I’ve had a few things take up my time over the past week, the most sig­nif­i­cant being my stud­ies. I’m still get­ting into the rhythm of things (I still syn­co­pate too much), but I’m managing. 

By the end of my first week, I had com­plet­ed two mod­ules and was 50 hours ahead. I have 25-hour weeks (5 hours per week­day), so that made me 2 weeks ahead. Mind you, it was easy stuff. PC Fun­da­men­tals is about learn­ing about basic hard­ware and MS-DOS com­mands. PC Advanced is about slight­ly more advanced MS-DOS com­mands and Batch files. Noth­ing I haven’t done before. I’m just glad it was­n’t as brain-dead as Oper­ate a Com­put­er, which is about how to use Win­dows (yuck!) and basic GUI apps at a sin­gle-user lev­el. For­tu­nate­ly the Net­work Engi­neer­ing course does­n’t sink that low (although there are oth­er cours­es which do). 

I was sup­posed to move onto the Comp­TIA A+ cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, but it appears that I was mov­ing too quick­ly and they did­n’t have any of the mate­ri­als in stock. Instead, I end­ed up skip­ping ahead a few top­ics and doing Help Desk Prob­lem Solv­ing Tech­niques. It was­n’t dif­fi­cult, but it was a lot of the­o­ry to mem­o­rise. Giv­en that I was two weeks ahead, I thought I should slow down and learn that mod­ule prop­er­ly. Even then, I fin­ished (just yes­ter­day) with plen­ty of time to spare. 

Now I’m 75 hours ahead. That’s three weeks! I should be grad­u­at­ing well ahead of the date which was fore­cast at the begin­ning (12 December). 

Final­ly, I’ve been able to start the A+ course. I was giv­en the choice of doing either the A+ Hard­ware or A+ Oper­at­ing Sys­tem cer­ti­fi­ca­tions first. I chose the lat­ter, being more famil­iar with soft­ware. Hav­ing only begun today, I can’t say much about it.