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XAMPP – What is…

XAMPP is a package that installs Apache, MariaDB, PHP and Perl onto Windows, Linux or Mac. It is a very simple way to get a web development environment up and running with little knowledge.

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LAMP Server – What is…

LAMP Servers are the standard build for web servers. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This gives you the operating system, http server, database server and PHP scripting language.

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Subdomains in DNS – What are…

Subdomains are prefixes to domain names that allow administrators to provide different web services to users, but do so using the same namespace so that it is easier to remember. Such as MAIL.failednormal.com, WWW.failednormal.com, VPN.failednormal.com… […]

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MX Record – What is…

MX Records (Mail Exchange) are DNS records that are used to route email to email servers. You can have numerous MX Records posting to different email servers to prevent loss of email due to downtime. […]

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Deplatforming – What is…

Deplatforming is when people are removed from the platforms that they use for communication. The relevance is expanding as not just Social Networking sites, but also PayPay and GoDaddy have started to proactively remove accounts.

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Doxxing – What is…

Doxxing is when personal information is released about people online. More than the act of doxxing itself, the more damaging component is the call to actions that accompany doxxing.

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DNS Registrar – What is…

A DNS Registrar is authorized by ICANN to sell domain names. They essentially do the admin work required for the Domain Name System. Registrars have become important because they are private companies and they have […]


Apple HomePod Unboxing

The Apple HomePod is Apple’s version of a smart speaker.  I purchased one because: I’m already in the Apple ecosystem, I already use Apply Music, and I was looking for a good speaker for my […]


A+ Storage

Class Notes: Filesystems and OS Max size of partitions Block size and efficiency Interfaces IDE – 133 MBps – 2 drives per controller SATA – 600MBps – 1 drive per controller SCSI – 640MBps – […]


A+ Motherboards

Class Notes: Model # and Documentation Motherboards are “paint by numbers” find the documentation to see what will fit on the board, and what connectors are. Form Factors Motherboards have standard sizes – ATX – […]


A+ Computer Cooling

Class Notes: Is Cooling Important? Cooling is most important for servers, gaming systems and any computers that will be running hard for significant amounts of time. CPU’s, GPU’s and other components will automatically turn off […]


A+ Computer Cases

Class Notes: Case Types Tower Desktop Rack Mediacenter Case Sizes ATX Micro ATX Mini ITX Cooling Grill size and fan mounts Small Grills can get clogged with dust Hidden Grills can capture hair like a […]


Qysea FiFish P3

Class Notes: FiFish P3 comprises a submersible drone, tether, remote control unit and smartphone app Long tethers may become caught in underwater obstructions Visibility even in “clear” water may be less than expected. https://www.qysea.com/product.html


A+ What Is A Computer?

Class Notes: IO Input/ Output Can be not just a keyboard and monitor, but a temperature sensor and an audible alarm CPU – Processing The “brain” of the computer GPU are processors specific to graphics […]


A+ Tools

Class Notes: The Bag Something big enough to carry everything you need ALWAYS have it with you Screw Drivers I prefer a set of screw drivers vs. a single driver with swappable heads Quality matters […]


A+ Safety

 Class Notes: Jewelry and Clothing Take off rings and jewelry before working on electronics Try not to wear loose clothing Have a Dust Mask and Safety Glasses Electricity Electricity can kill or cause real […]


A+ Troubleshooting Procedures

Class Notes: Present Yourself Well Groom Yourself Brush Your Teeth Shower/ Deodorant (Not too much) Clothes should be well kempt and clean Smoking Smell bothers many people Your Physical Condition matters Be Respectful and Professional. […]


A+ Introduction

Class Notes: What is the A+ Certification from CompTIA Vendor Neutral Certification for Desktop Support NOT a requirement for MS or Cisco certs What’s the A+ For? Basic PC Maintenance and configuration Desktop Support Jobs […]