It’s long overdue but I finally decided to take the MCTS Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Application Development certification test this past Friday. I now have both development certifications for SharePoint 2007 and just in time with SharePoint 2010 right around the corner.
I took the “MCTS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development” test yesterday. I passed but there were a few curve balls. For the most part though, it seemed like if you study at all the process of elimination can get you through this test. Most questions had at least 2 answers that could easily be eliminated.
My mother-in-law to be was having some computer troubles and she asked me to look at it. (It was freezing at the Windows XP screen with the blue progress bar.) I picked it up about a week ago and I finally got around it looking at it last night. The first step of getting her data off was simple enough. I threw in the Ubuntu live CD and moved her files onto my 160GB portable drive.
Then I sat down to reinstall her copy of Windows. Here is where the fun began boys and girls. It froze up on the “Setup is Starting Windows” screen. I did some research online and found this thread which matches my problem perfectly. I must have exhausted every possible solution listed in the entire thread to no avail… And then, by complete chance, I look off to the side and see a gutted tower with only a motherboard and cpu left in it. About four hours into this at this point, I figure why not…
I rip everything out of her computer, throw it together this old case, and start her XP install again. It runs on the first try. It must have been a cpu/motherboard issue considering the only things that changed were the motherboard and cpu, and the computer had just run a Ubuntu live without any issue.
And people wonder why I stopped fixing computers on the side when I got a job after college…
I took my third MS certification test Monday. The test was MCTS Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Application Developmetn. After working almost solely on SharePoint for the past year and cramming for the pass two weeks, I would have been extremely embarrassed had I not passed.
I took my second MS certification test earlier today and am now a MCTS in .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications. (MCTS = Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) Now I can get back to my friends who have seen me become a phantom for the last week or so due to my cram sessions. 🙂