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5 Star Shareware - Fast Downloads of Shareware and Freeware Software 5 Sites Providing Free IT Certification Training Image Source: Flickr.com There are so many IT certifications out there; where do you start? What if the expensive study guide you buy ends up being the wrong track for you? Why don’t you start with what’s free? There’s no shortage of Websites offering courses in certifications in video or e-book form. The ones listed below are free and have no obligation. They don’t give you free tests, though some might have sample tests available. ProProfs free resources include a great deal of subject matter as well as thorough study guides, practice questions, and basic information like how much the tests cost and where to take them. Professor Messer The good professor offers a bunch of online video courses in entry level IT careers. W3Schools You can use W3Schools as a quick reference to find that HTML tag you can’t quite remember, but you can also use it as a guide to earn Web development certifications. SeachSecurity INE.com Guest Post by: About Guest Guest Author has written 116 post in this blog.

Conversion Chronicles - How To Play With People's Minds To Get Them To Do Things Against Their Will (well Ok not really!) I'm about to show you some alarmingly powerful psychological techniques that persuade people to do things... Even if they don't know how or why they're being persuaded to do them. But before you get the wrong idea... Most of what you'll see in today's issue comes from a source I've mentioned to you many times before: Dr. Cialdini is neither copywriter nor marketer. He has a graduate degree from Columbia. "I can admit it fre ely now," says Cialdini in the book's forward, "All my life I've been a patsy." He wrote the book, he says, because it occurred to him that he, himself, had been persuaded over and over again to do and buy things he didn't want or need. He wanted to figure out how it had happened. A noble cause. Our cause, I believe, is equally noble. We're not REALLY out to use what Cialdini found to persuade people to do things they don't want to do. And by good, I simply mean what I think the true purpose of advertising should be: Why? You know this one already.

» Gartner’s top 10 technologies for 2008: SOA precursors; fabric Gartner outlined its top 10 strategic technology areas for 2008 and many roads lead to service oriented architecture. The top 10 is off to the right and there aren't any huge surprises. Who didn't see green IT and virtualization being listed? But what's notable are all of the SOA precursors to be found. "SOA isn't on the list because we are looking at some of the implementation technologies for service oriented architecture," says Gartner analyst David Cearley. Cearley argues that metadata management falls into a similar category. A look at some of the other key technologies described. Green IT: The technologies for green IT practices--multicore chips, power supplies, fans and power management software--are all mature, says Carl Claunch, an analyst at Gartner. Claunch argues that there may be limits put on data center choices, regulations may become more prominent and then there's the cost savings to your electric bill. Unified communications. Web platforms (also known as SaaS today).

Integration migrates to the cloud | Software as Services Integration vendor Cast Iron, which for years has offered its product packaged as a hardware appliance, this week unveiled a cloud-native integration service. The introduction of Cast Iron Cloud is the culmination of a transition begun earlier this year when Cast Iron began offering cloud hosting of its upgraded appliance product. Customers can now choose between an on-premise appliance, a dedicated cloud-hosted appliance or the multi-tenant cloud service. Organizations that still have a lot of their own server infrastructure will continue to opt for the on-premise appliance, VP of product marketing Chandar Pattabhiram told me in a briefing last week. The cloud service has been created to serve what Cast Iron sees as a growing market of 'SaaS-centric' organizations — mostly smaller businesses — that use several different cloud services and have little or no servers in-house. "The aim is to take integration off the table for them," said Pattabhiram.

Software Downloads | Free Software Downloads Graphical Network Simulator - GNS3 Jedi Mind Tricks: 17 Lesser Known Ways to Persuade People Want to know how to persuade people online and get what you want? The power of influence is usually all that separates the successful from everyone else. These are some tactics, discovered through psychological research, that you have probably not yet heard about, but have the potential to increase your persuasive abilities. I’m not going to cover reciprocity, scarcity or social proof and all those widely known persuasion principles. Related: How Nike’s Making Persuasive Product Pages 1. The best way to persuade audiences that are not inclined to agree with you, is to talk fast. Want to boost persuasive power? Don Moore from Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Behavioral Decision Research has published research showing that confidence even trumps past accuracy in earning the trust of others. We prefer advice from a confident source, even to the point that we are willing to forgive a poor track record. People naturally associate confidence with expertise. 2. Light swearing, that is. Image credit

» The 10 top challenges facing enterprise mashups | Enterprise W Applying mashups in a business settings is often referred to as "enterprise mashups" and recently we've finally begun to see the tools emerging to bring real mashup capabilities to consumers, business users, and IT professionals. However, though anecdotal evidence seem to abound -- there are a good number of stories about businesses creating isolated mashups here and there -- and mashups are again getting placed on hot tech trends lists for 2008, we're clearly still not yet seeing the flood of mashup-based apps inside of organizations despite their consistent and steadfast growth on the consumer Web. ProgrammableWeb's mashup graphs (left of page) currently reports that over 2,400 mashup-based apps currently exist. So what exactly is holding back enterprise mashups from becoming a more popular phenomena inside our organizations? The top 10 challenges facing enterprise mashups in late 2007 No commonly accepted assembly model.

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