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There were four stages in obtaining the TAE. The first stage was selecting a provider - there are many companies who provide the certificate in Brisbane. Despite my reservations regarding the name, I settled on Chris Morton Powerful Seminars for four reasons. The first reason was that it was cheaper than competitors (sometimes by a factor of three). The second reason was that classes were offered frequently, so I wouldn't have to wat for a couple of months for the next vacancy. The third reason was that class time was compressed into a five day working week. I did not want to embark on 16 weeks of 2 hour classes. The final reason (I repeat to remove any confusion between reason and stage) was that several people at HHH had received the same course, and were not scathing.
This is a big, big, big problem for the United States. If you don't know what I'm talking about, start by reading One nation, under fraud.
All these things happened in the last two weeks. I wish to note them, because what else is a blog for? In no particular order:
I don't know why I remain subscribed to vWorker, the site formerly known as "Rent A Coder". The idea is good: provide a site where individuals - not companies or consortia, but individuals - can bid for various projects commissioned by different employers. Most tasks demand programming, with the remainder requesting writing. I joined up because I thought there may be some task that would be worth my wile. But I remain disappointed.
Someone hasn't been paying attention. I wrote a post describing essay writing firms; I also condemn them wholeheartedly as cheaters and frauds. Then some idiot comes along and adds not one, nor two, but six comments with six links to six different writing firms. I am confident it is only one idiot (or one idiot and friends), because it is statistically improbably for six random strangers to comment using the same email address. I am also certain that the email address belongs to spammer, because I emailed the address to ask why he was representing six different firms. No denials. No "It's not me!". No "Delete the comments - I don't care." Just silence - sometime golden, but in this case suspicious.