HM...Good point. I am currently A+ Certified, and I've taken the Net+ classes, but have not taken the test. Currently in Chapter 6 of the 2009 edition of the study guide, but at this point, it seems a tad much, just really boring (but necessary, I know!) stuff at the point I am in the book. Plus I know, in general, how TCP/IP works as it relates mostly to Windows systems. I've dabbled in Linux, but have never really used it in a desktop, day-to-day situation for very long. I've tried Slackware....back in 2003/4, Ubuntu every couple releases (not a fan of Unity, BTW), and I think once I tried Gentoo to force myself to learn about Linux, and that just netted me an unbootable machine for a week.
Have been thinking really
hard about getting CCNA certified, taking the classes because of the incredible volume of information, but don't have ~$3k+ for the classes, and I can't find a local campus offering the course at the moment.
The way I learn is very complicated, but according to this list on Wikipedia
, I can learn all four 'ways', but I would prefer not to stick to a single method if possible. Hence my want of the class for CCNA specifically.
It seems Self-Study, for me, only works for a while, maybe a month at max. After that I just lose interest in the text and move on to something else. Maybe a study group of some kind?
Also, are there free(ish) alternative to the courses offered by SANS? I might be able to get some kind of tuition reimbursement from my employer (if I get a day position in their IT dept) but I'm not holding my breath, plus, I'd have to have the cash to pay for any training myself first.....
Ah, First World Problems, right? Looks like I am going to enjoy my time here! Can't believe I haven't found this place, or similar before! I wonder is there a 'Non-Ethical Hacker' sister site?