Apple is getting ready to start a big push in the text book market as well. They've already laid some ground work and I expect that many educational institutions will get on board is they setup the cost models correctly so people can still rip you off with the cost of a text book.
I know a bunch of people with both iPad's and Android tablets. unless you're a power user type person that doesn't mind figuring stuff out that doesn't work right in the first place I highly recommend the iPad. App's are cheaper, more to choose from, and better overall integration into the world, especially in education.
Clearly I rushed my statements and confused you. Sorry about that. I had a co-worker walk into my office while composing my post. My model of leadership in the work place doesn't include posting precise and coherent messages on a web forum. To answer your question, yes I am as American as they come. Why else would I be spending work hours lurking this message board when I could be doing something productive?
Network engineer is a solid choice, but be warned the industry (technology) is moving faster than ever. Unified Computing Systems is putting the traditional network specific guy in a position of working on systems like never before. Lines are getting blurred, but it still shouldn't mean you have to become a Unix or Windows expert anytime soon. I'm certainly not! For entry level certificates look into CompTia's Network+ cert. It's a great launch pad and never expires, so it's on your resume for life. You should be able to knock that out with nothing more than a book and some time. Then go here: http://www.cisco.com...paths_home.html Even if your company (now or in the future) doesn't use Cisco hardware, the certifications carry a lot of weight in the industry. I've been in the networking industry for 14 or 15 years now. The last 11 with the same employer.
I was told that there a 3 levels, payscale is roughly $55k, $80k and 6-figures...
I'd never expect 6 figures in my lifetime doing this. I'm at the senior level now and 6 figures isn't on my horizon, nor the architect position above my senior position. (four levels here) Maybe if you get into management, but we all know managers are over paid!
I figure I can study the networking after hours and then take the test here soon...
If you really want to make something of yourself in networking it's going to take much more time than this. Once you start looking at anything beyond entry level you'll find there is much more to it that most suspect.
Sometimes a team that's trying to build itself back up from the ashes reaches a turning point where things finally start to come together and they believe they can turn it all around.
Give us another good showing next week and a win like yesterday and I think we're there. A bit of a win streak going into the bye is a good high to ride.
Sometimes players that are in process of getting to know a new coach come to a time when they truly believe in that coach and become ready to follow him through the gates of hell.
Production in a system gets more player buy in. Yesterday's comments from Anderson about the blitz call on 4 and 2 is a good example. "It was genius, a McDermott special.” We may be there on offense already. Drafting Cam and him performing the way he has proves something. Trading for Olsen as well. Smitty's statements after the AZ game come to mind: "all in."
Sometimes a young quarterback arrives at a spot where everything comes together and he's truly ready to be a pro QB and establish himself as the leader of his team.
We may very well have passed this point. Cam is not a typical young QB though. Ditch the Mr Mopeyhead moniker and he'll have it. That said, Cam has a lot of attention and slim margin of error off the field. I know a lot of people may hate that I said that, but I just got an earful at church last night for saying I'm on the wagon with this kid. Keep doing and saying the right things and stay out of the strip clubs Cam.
Sorry to hear LP. Sounds like you've done the right thing to the best of your ability. I hope all works out well for you and your dog. I especially hope the other family is able to move on without holding it against you or your dog.
I live in city limits and a neighborhood, so I put up a 6ft privacy fence around the back yard. That gives my dogs their own personal territory and a bit of freedom without putting them or others in danger. I know it's costly, but it may be a good option for you in the future so Maggie can still get off leash to some degree.
CHARLOTTE -- Looking at the media presence at a high school campus for the Carolina Panthers' final day of two-week player-organized workouts, it would be easy to confuse the morning's balmy setting with the mode typically associated with the midsummer ritual of training camp. But with several observers on hand to get a good on-field look at No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, it felt much more like a sequel to the rookie quarterback's pre-draft pro day.
Newton, clad in black and gray warmups, similar to what he wore when working out for coaches, general managers and scouts back at Auburn in early March, is now immersed in the process of successfully impressing another important group: His veteran teammates.
Some of those teammates, along with Newton, spoke to reporters Thursday for the first and last time during the workouts. They shared many reasons why Newton has quickly become the subject of their affections:
His physique. Even before he drops back to show his arm strength and athleticism, Newton looks the part of a statuesque starting quarterback, even more so without the pads and uniform. Consider the Panthers' defensive leader, three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason -- well built himself at 6-0, 237 pounds -- used the word "specimen" to describe Newton's sleek 6-5, 248-pound frame.
A similar feeling was expressed by the team's offensive leader, left tackle Jordan Gross -- the chief organizer of the workouts. "He's just shown he's in shape and willing to work hard," Gross said of Newton.
His passion. Newton's conditioning and work ethic are critical for what he called "maximizing the potential" of a revamped Carolina offense. As the lockout has prevented Newton from getting much-needed instruction from the Panthers' first-year coaching staff, it's created a much bigger challenge for him in his transition.
In his first and only season playing at Auburn, Newton seemed he could do no wrong, rolling to a Heisman Trophy while leading the Tigers to a national championship. It's unreasonable to think he'll come close to that success if he ends up winning the starting job for an NFL team that finished 2-14 a year ago.
He has done his best to make the most of a tough and very uncertain situation by doing what's in his control. Earlier in first NFL offseason, Newton leaned on former Panther QB Chris Weinke to help him with individual workouts in Florida. He's now using the brightest of the current Panthers as his most valuable assets. In addition to Beason and Gross, that includes two important offensive targets, wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Smith said Monday how he has been impressed with Newton, who in turn has been wowed by Smith and his sure hands as two have gone through some passing drills together in previous workouts.
Meanwhile, Shockey, a fellow newcomer to the Panthers after signing as a free agent in early March before Newton was drafted in late April, provides a direct link to the scheme of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. With Newton having the combination of playbook and players available to him, he noted the progress is going well with Chudzinski's official instructions.
"I think I've got a grip on who we are as an offense," Newton said.
His presence. While Newton is back to being a student in learning the ways of the faster-paced NFL, he's doing what has help many make the grade in college -- just showing up to class every day. Newton was a consistent attendee of the workouts. He didn't even let a quick Wednesday afternoon trip to the White House to meet President Obama with his former Auburn teammates keep him from getting back to working with his Panthers' teammates early the next day.
"Cam has been present for everything we've done," punter Jason Baker said.
As much as Newton's physical skills will be scrutinized going forward in his rookie year, the other vital part of succeeding as an NFL quarterback is developing a cohesiveness and chemistry with the players, something that can't be taught by the coaches, anyway. Before he gets NFL game experience, Newton's bonding experience is a great start.