I was completely satisfied.

Almost.

It was still annoying, the way the content on my monitors would switch when moving from work to home and vice versa. But beyond that, I was happy. I had E/Port docks in both places, and E/Port was compatible with both work and personal laptops. And I had purchased the same monitors for at home that I had at work. All good!

And then the case of my work laptop started having a gap in the front, and I had a bad feeling. I unscrewed the case and sure enough, the battery was bulging.

Friends, this is bad news. This is the kind of problem that can set things on fire.

So I  hauled it in to work on my day off to get the battery replaced. Only they don’t get batteries for that model anymore, so that means issuing a whole other laptop.

No worries. I’m always ready for that. And when you work in The Cloud, whatever is on your physical machine is pretty moot, right?

Except they handed me a new dock, too. Looked like a brick. I would find out that this is a Thunderbolt dock, and the new work laptop had zero compatibility with the E/Port.

Further, my personal, privately owned computer would have no compatibility with the second Thunderbolt dock they gave me for working from home.

As of this minute, at home, I have two completely separate docks plugged in. Each has its own pair of cables to the two monitors. Each is plugged into my finite power capacity. And I am manually moving the USB dongles for mouse and keyboard from one to the other.

And I have an order in for tomorrow for a universal docking station because I am not cool with this. How relieved to discover that universal docking stations even exist. I made sure this one has the connections I need for the monitors I have, because a lot don’t.

Fingers crossed.

The front page says that one of my Six Subjects is whatever next role I’m preparing for in my employment. Currently that’s a more specialized type of technical support. A job agent is running reports for me about positions that open up fitting my keywords and other parameters, so I’ve got a good idea of who’s hiring whom, and what skills are needed.

Previous advice to the contrary, lots of these posts list a preference for Dell Certified Professionals, so one of these certifications went on the list for right after VMware VCP. My certification tracking map says that Cloud Infrastructure and Services v3 is the correct one for me. Here’s a link to the description of the certification and the exam (PDF). Here’s a link to more information about the course.

I’d already taken the v2 online version of the course when I was first hired, as it was requisite for the position. I didn’t know there was a certification for it, though, and then it was upgraded to v3, which I took also, still unaware. There’s a difference between studying to know and studying to pass an exam, for me. The first is about grasping concepts, while the second is about reciting the required terms in the right combination.

So now I’ve taken the course again, and generated some 500 notecards in the process. I’m still going through the student guide to make further notes. My pedantic memory is not what it was, and, frankly, my confidence took a huge hit when I didn’t pass VMware vSphere 6.5. It was good that I didn’t – it meant changing everything about how I study, but it increases anxiety, too.

Got 85% on the practice test. It takes 60 to pass. I’m probably going to be okay. Probably.