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Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 27

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, the Linux Foundation want you to design a t-shirt to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Linux, Certification Magazine guesses your password, and more.

Create a Linux T-Shirt, Win a Free Trip


Penguin design adult coloring book styleThere are niches in IT where creativity is valued and rewarded, but most IT professionals aren't generally called on to show forth their imagination and get in touch with their artistic impulses. That's one reason for secretly artsy-craftsy types to get excited about the 30th anniversary of Linux. The Linux Foundation wants to properly commemorate the momentous arrival of a new era for Linux with a special t-shirt, and your design could be worth a four-night getaway to one of the Open Source Summit gatherings that are coming up over the latter half of 2021 and into 2022. You could be the toast of the global Linux community, see your design on thousands of t-shirts, and — who knows? — possibly even launch yourself into a new career specialization concocting couture creations for cultured clotheshorses everywhere. OK, maybe it's a little too soon to start making reservations for Fashion Week in Paris. The first thing is to win the contest. Submissions are being accepted through Aug. 6 and design guidelines apply. (Your shirt probably doesn't have to incorporate a penguin, but that probably wouldn't hurt your chances.) Additional information about all aspects of the contest is available online.


CompTIA Denounces Brain Dumps


Earlier this month, a post to official blog of tech industry association CompTIA took IT certification cheaters to task and laid out all of the reasons why it's harmful and damaging to cheat in order to pass a certification exam. The message this week is even more pointed, with CompTIA wagging its finger about cheating by using brain dumps. In IT certification terms, a brain dump is a collection of actual test questions that have been stolen from a current or recent certification exam. Such stealing is often, though not always, accomplished by faux test takers who sign for a certification exam (sometimes multiple times) merely to memorize as many of the questions and answers as possible, and then recreate them in a file that can be sold to potential exam candidates. Blogger Emily Matzelle also goes out of her way to clarify to hair-splitters and equivocaters that, yes, using brain dumps to prepare for a certification exam is considered cheating. Especially CompTIA considers it cheating, and there are various direct penalties applied to anyone who is found to have used brain dumps to pass a CompTIA certification exam. Also, don't forget that even if you cheat to pass any certification exam and somehow aren't caught, all you've done is get an essentially worthless credential that might help you get a job, but won't help you stay employed once it becomes clear that you don't actually know what you're doing.


British Computer Society: Olders Workers Needed in IT


It's an open question in many parts of the IT industry why there aren't as many workers 50 or older as there are in other professions. The answer, according to many skeptics — including quite a few unemployed IT workers over the age of 50 — is that tech companies prefer to employ younger, hungrier workers who can be paid considerably less than more experienced IT professionals. The answer according to a recent report issued by the British Computer Society is that over-50 IT workers haven't been as willing to learn new skills as they ought to be. Older tech workers could fill open positions, BCS researchers argue, if they were more willing to reskill. It would seem that only unemployed older tech workers can settle the issue ... by reskilling and then finding out who is willing to take them on as new hires.


Instead of Changing Our Passwords, Let's Change to Technologies That Don't Need Them


Why should any of have more passwords than pair of underwear?Most people have considerably more passwords in their life than they do pairs of underwear in their laundry rotation. Is that any way to live? Not according to an article from the April issue of Certification Magazine that lays out the arguments for and against a future with no passwords and explains the technologies (most of them already available) that could make it happen. You probably won't be surprised to learn that the biggest arguments in favor of sticking with passwords are a) we've always done things this way, and b) it would be inconvenient and costly to change to any newer and more secure system. Complacency and greed have throttled progress in many other areas. Only time will tell whether they win out here as well.


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