Heading to Ft. Lauderdale

I’m blatantly ignoring the fact that I need to get up early tomorrow to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, and I’m not packed. I’m looking forward to it. Depending on how busy I am, there’s a chance I may get to see my grandmother, who’s awesome, and makes delicious pasta, which tastes unlike any other “gravy” I’ve ever had. SO good.

They re-did all the courseware for data on tap 7.3, and while it’s better than the previous versions, it’s a HUGE hassle to try and memorize the slide decks and labs for the new courses. Especially since I’ve been studying like a mad-man for the LPI certification so I could pass it by the time the Ubuntu train the trainer sessions get going. FYI – I see almost no value in the LPI certification. It’s a requirement to be a ubuntu trainer, and I love the idea of teaching people linux, so it’s a necessary evil, but in my ten or so years of system administration, I don’t think I’ve ever said, shit – someone tell me what the IRQ for ttyS0 is — and no looking at google! Google exists – this idea of memorizing things for the sake of passing tests is just silly. I’d much rather lab based testing. Install the OS. Better yet, setup a tftp boot server, and get an install going that way. Troubleshoot this card not working… use whatever fricken resource you want, hell, call support… just get it done in 30 minutes. Someone needs to make a certification which is 100% lab based and takes like 40 hours, but you can do it all from home via the web. Aaaaanyway. I digress.

It will be nice to be in Ft. Lauderdale though. I really like that town, and I’ve had a couple students from there in other classes – all of whom I’ve liked, oddly, so maybe I’ll see some familiar faces. Plus – CUBAN food. Cuban food is fucking delicious, and outside of cuba, you can’t get better cuban food than florida. Feh. I should really pack though, I’m off to Boston the week afterwards, and then to DC (?) for the ubuntu TTT session, which means flipflops and overcoats. 🙂

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