I ended up deciding that I’m gonna stick with learning Linux more for
now. I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up a new book. The book I
got was called “Linux Administration Handbook”. The book is about 1000
pages. My plan is to read about 30 pages a day. This is pretty hard tho
because I’m trying to do all the examples in the book. Right now it’s
been about a week and I’m on page 138.
I am also studying from 2 other books. One of the books is an old Unix
book. It has some great sections on Bash and VI that I am reading. The
other book is more of a study guide. It’s a study guide for the Linux+ Certification by Comptia. After finishing the “Linux Administration Handbook” I plan on taking the Comptia Linux+ Test. The test consists of I believe 80 questions, and are all multiple choice.
After taking the Linux+ test, I would like to take the RHCE exam. The RHCE exam is a certification to become a Redhat Certified Engineer. I already have a 1000 page book on the test with lots of hands on exercises. I also have a good amount of video I can watch on various linux subjects.
So lately I have been getting back into computer security. I put Linux back on my laptop and installed some “security” software. I also am setting up another Linux test box to mess around with. I’m gonna put Snort and Nessus on it. I’m also setting up another box with windows. This will just be a dummy box to test exploits and whatever on.
I have been looking at a lot of books on security on Amazon. I’m currently debating on which books I should get. I’m really interested in Penetration testing. I want to be really good at testing networks security and finding ways into it. I am also looking at getting a few more certifications. I really don’t care about getting certifications, I just study harder when I’m gonna go take one. The certifications I’m looking at are not only for hacking/security though. I’m also looking at getting some Linux certifications. I really enjoy working from the command line. I don’t really care to much for the GUI (Graphical User Interface).
So… I’m gonna go look at some books right now on Amazon and hurry up and make a choice. On my next post I’ll let you know what books I decided on, and give updates on my certification progress.
So basically the whole Military decision has been going to shit. I wanted to be in the Army and that didn’t work out. I tried to get in the Marines and that didn’t work out. They told me that no Infantry slots will be open until October. So what it comes down to is, being color blind sucks.
Having being denied what I wanted to do Military wise, I have been doing a lot of thinking. I currently work as a webmaster. What is a webmaster? Basically I fix code, write code, and update code. I get to work with various programming languages such as PHP, ASP (VB.NET), and Perl. I also work on many websites and not just one. Seeing that I work on many sites and various programming languages, it tends to keep the job fun.
Do I like what I do? I most definitely like what I do. I don’t have to get up early and get to work by 8am like my last job. I usually show up between 10-11am. As long as I put in my 8 hours and are getting my assignments done, the company isn’t strict on when you come in. How are the people I work with? The people I work with are a lot of fun. We all talk through instant messangers and help each other out when needed. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we play ultimate frisbee for about an hour which is great. It’s a lot of fun and basically my only cardio for the week.
So what am I gonna do? I like what I’m doing now, and do enjoy coding a lot. I am deciding to put the Military on hold, and work hard at my current job. I have a bunch of PHP OOP (Object Oriented Programming) and Design books that I’m gonna start reading up on. I also have created a MT (Movable Type) website to practice with which is located at Tullyr.com.
So last night I came out to the 626 to play some beer pong with my friend James. I met up with him at his friends house down in San Marino. We played a few games of pong against some of his friends, and won all of them. After hanging out down in San Marino we came back to his house.We set up the portable beer pong table again. We then played three games and I won all three. After playing pong, I ended up crashing out on his couch with his little dog. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do today. I might end up going back out to Marina Del Rey. For now, I think I’m gonna go visit my mom and probably get some food.