Well, I had no idea that my initials (SGP) meant so many different things to so many people, until I (very quickly, having done no research at all) decided to call my company SGP IT. Wikipedia currently lists 11 different meanings of SGP, which does not include Singapore, nor the Scottish Green Party, let alone the South Gloucestershire Paranormal Investigation Team (which matches on the full "SGP IT").
So, it is nice to see that (as Google shows to me, and they are constantly tweaking the results that they give to any individual, based upon what that person has searched for and clicked on before), searching for "linux sgp" has sgpit.com/training/linux.html at #1; "unix sgp" has sgpit.com/ at #1, "training sgp" has sgpit.com/training at #1. However, for a plain search of the three letters "sgp", I am still on the second page, and nobody ever looks at the second page.
Have you ever thought that Tetris is evil because it never sends you that straight "I" brick you need to clear four rows? Well, Tetris(R) probably is not so malevolent, but Bastet certainly is. >:->
Bastet stands for "bastard tetris", and is a simple ncurses-based Tetris(R) clone for Linux. Instead of choosing the next block randomly, this fiendish program uses a special algorithm to give you the worst possible brick. Playing Bastet can be a very frustrating experience! *
( *: bonus points for presenting it to your friends as "just another Tetris clone")
For Debian/Ubuntu, just "apt-get install bastet" - it gives exactly what it promises, a Tetris clone which always gives you the most unsuitable shape.
After a few customers requesting it, my consultancy firm, SGP IT, is planning to run some technical training courses this Summer; in the Manchester area initially, though any location is possible.
Now would be a very good time to get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) as things are at a very early stage and very fluid – if you can bring a few people along, we can even run a bespoke course for you, and tailor everything to your need.
Depending on subject, duration, location and so on, it should be possible to run the first few courses for as little as £250 – £300 per person per day – much less than the £400 – £500 or so you’d pay for a corporate course where you all get is a trainer who has no experience of the actual situation you face at work, and who delivers powerpoint slides to you, then doles out the free mousepads and t-shirts at the end of the course.
None of us have been overly impressed by many of the available training courses – we are hoping to redefine how personal IT training can be delivered. Here’s how:
The kind of training session I would envisage us providing, would involve a fairly small class size (certainly fewer than 6 people), allowing us to focus on your current issues, and tailor the course around the needs, interests and skills of the attendees. The courses are likely to be between 2 and 5 days, most being 2-3 day courses.
Of course, there will be no corners cut – we will insist on great location and facilities, free internet access, PCs for all candidates (preinstalled with Linux, Solaris, *BSD, you name it – contact us before the course and we’ll build the PC to suit you), tons of good quality course notes, including certificates and the obligatory full VAT receipts, of course. I’m sure that we can find a few freebies to throw in, too!
If you have specific queries or concerns that you would like to be addressed in the course, let us know up-front, and we can find a way to work it in to the course.
If any of this sounds vaguely interesting, please do get in touch (email@example.com) and we can mold things around your requirements.
http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs46/f/2009/200/1/1/Computer_hardware_poster_1_7_by_Sonic840.png has a great chart labelling tons of x86 hardware.
I have cached a copy here just in case it disappears.