Technology Blog

  • Computer Troubleshooting Steps & Tips: CompTIA Theory

    March 25, 2013 • Technology

    As an IT support professional, your task is to quickly assess a situation, diagnose the problem, and find a solution to the issue. Computer technicians troubleshoot problems using a methodical process. Typically, a step-by-step approach produces better results than hit-or-miss guesses. There are many troubleshooting guidelines, each with their own [...]

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  • Soft Skills: Why It’s Not Just What You Know That Counts

    March 6, 2013 • Technology

    In the IT world things are always changing, and it’s important to stay up to date with the proper knowledge and skills needed to keep up with the changes in technology. Having the technical skills needed to properly assess a situation and provide a solution are key to success for [...]

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  • Discover Windows XP Mode on Windows 7: Install & Run all on Windows 7

    February 15, 2013 • Technology

    In our last blog post, we introduced the concept of virtualization, or the ability to run multiple operating systems on one computer. In addition to using VMware Workstation or VirtualBox to run virtual machines, Microsoft provides the ability to run a virtualized instance of Windows XP from within Windows 7. [...]

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  • What is Virtualization - Creating Virtual Machines

    January 30, 2013 • Technology

    One of the growing trends in IT in recent years has been the increase in the use of virtualization to reduce the number of physical computers needed in an environment. Virtualization provides the ability to run multiple operating systems on one computer. Virtual operating systems (known as virtual machines or [...]

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  • Top Computer Security Threats for 2013

    January 14, 2013 • Technology

    As we close out 2012 and look ahead to 2013, it is important to know what to look for in the coming year when it comes to computer security threats. Computer security firm McAfee released their new list of top threats for 2013 and they were covered in a recent [...]

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  • SSD Hard Drives – Worth the Investment

    December 18, 2012 • Technology

    One of the biggest changes in computer technology in recent years has been in the area of hard drive storage, particularly with the increased use of SSD (solid-state drives). SSD drives are hard drives that use NAND (nonvolatile flash memory) technology instead of traditional magnetic platter based hard drives. These [...]

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  • Exam Study Tips for Passing the CompTIA A+ Exams

    November 19, 2012 • Technology

    There are two main goals for students who take Career Step’s Computer Technician course: 1. Gain the skills needed for a successful career as a computer and IT support professional. 2. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to pass the two CompTIA A+ exams to earn the A+ Certification. No [...]

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  • CompTIA Releases Updated A+ Certification Exams

    October 25, 2012 • Technology

    This month CompTIA released updated exams for the CompTIA A+ certification, their foundation level IT professional support technician certification. The new exams, 220-801 and 220-802, have been revised and updated to reflect the growing responsibilities and newer technologies IT technicians have within their organizations. “The IT technician’s role is increasingly [...]

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  • CompTIA A+ Certification Still Among the Top 10 Best IT Certifications for 2012

    September 17, 2012 • Technology

    The CompTIA A+ certification was initially developed in 1993 and was revolutionary in its time as the first vendor-neutral IT certification, covering a wide range of computer skills, technologies, and operating systems. Over the past 19 years, the A+ certification has played a vital role in establishing a baseline for [...]

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  • New Technology Section of the Career Step Blog Now Available

    September 17, 2012 • Technology

    On May 1 2012, Career Step branched out into new territory with the release of the Computer Technician training program. Today Career Step is excited to announce the launch of the new Technology section of our blog. This area is specifically intended for Computer Technician students and graduates and will [...]

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