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Amazon Prime Day comes on July 12

You won’t necessarily be able to use Amazon Prime Day on July 12 as an excuse to avoid family, like some do with Black Friday, but Amazon is promising that you’ll get to choose from 100,000 great online shopping deals.

Amazon says that new deals will pop up as frequently as every 5 minutes, and that last year’s Prime Day surpassed Black Friday 2014 for sales volume, with members ordering nearly 400 items per second. Spotlight deals will feature popular brands at deep discounts, and will last until supplies are depleted. Lightning deals will last for short periods, maybe a few hours. Other deals will last throughout the day.

Headphones, diapers, video game consoles, wireless routers, mobile device caseswww.sitewatches.com and toys were among the items on sale last year during Amazon Prime Day.

The second annual Amazon Prime Day is available only to those who have subscribed to Amazon Prime, which gets you free shipping, access to entertainment content and more for $99 a year (though you can also go the free trial route if you just want to dip in for Amazon Prime Day).

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Prime Day will be available to shoppers in the United States as well as 9 other countries. Brexit be damned — even the U.K. gets to play, along with Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium and Austria.

Amazon is encouraging members to sign up for its app to make parting with your money even easier.


But you have to figure Amazon will have learned a few things from the first time around, so here’s hoping this event goes off smoothly.

Like with Black Friday, Amazon Prime Day actually starts before the big day. Amazon will count down to July 12 starting on July 5, with exclusive deals for members. Among the deals revealed: a 32-inch TV bundle with a Fire TV Stick for $120. Prime Music Experiences will give customers a chance to win special trips and tickets to see performers such as Norah Jones and The Lumineers. There will also be a $5K photo sweepstakes.

Last year, while Amazon did sell a boatload of stuff, some said the shopping event amounted to little more than a garage sale and they took to social media to give Amazon the business. Hashtags such as #PrimeDayFail took off, as people complained about many deals closing almost as soon as they opened.

24% off TP-LINK AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band AC Router

The AC1900 router from TP-LINK supports 802.11ac, the latest Wi-Fi tech. It operates on the 5GHz band as well as 2.4 for older devices. Dual USB 3.0 and 2.0 let you easily share files and media across your network.

This story, “24% off TP-LINK AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band AC Router – Deal Alert” was hublot replica watchesoriginally published by TechConnect.

Amazon currently has it listed for 24% off its typical list price of $170, so you can buy it now for $130. Over 2,700 customers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews).

The AC1900 strives to create a stronger, faster and more reliable network that efficiently manages many connected devices simultaneously.

Plea to Cisco: ‘CCIE routing and switching written exam needs to be fixed’

“The discontent is palpable,” according to Hollingsworth. “From what I’ve heard around Las Vegas this week, it’s time to fix the CCIE Written Exam.”

Tom Hollingsworth, a CCIE and author of a popular blog called “The Networking Nerd,” used that forum last week  – smack in the middle of Cisco’s annual user conference — to issue a blistering critique of the CCIE routing and switching written exam.

Hollingsworth has three main beefs: He says the test questions are poorly written, focus too much on Cisco proprietary technologies, and that the exam study guide is lacking. As a result, he says, some CCIEs are choosing alternatives to the routing and switching exam when they need to recertify.

That contention has received broad though not unanimous support on Twitter and comments on the post itself. As for Cisco, it tells me they’re always open to suggestions.

“The most resounding critique of the exam is that it is a poorly constructed and executed test. The question quality is subpar,” he contends. “The editing and test mechanics errors must be rectified quickly in order to restore confidence to the people taking the test.”

“The test has never been confused for being a vendor-neutral exam,” he acknowledges. “Any look at the blueprint will tell you that there a plenty of proprietary protocols and implementation methods there. But the older versions of the exam did do a good job of teaching you how to build a network that could behave itself with other non-Cisco sections. … The other problem is that, by the admission of most test takers, the current CCIE Written Exam study guide doesn’t cover the areas of the blueprint that are potentially on the test.”

I asked Cisco to reply to Hollingsworth’s post and here is the statement the company offered:

“Cisco is continuously evolving our certification program to keep networks and networkers at the forefront of innovation and keep customers digital-ready,” says Tejas Vashi, senior director, product strategy and marketing at Learning@Cisco, Cisco Services.  “We are constantly monitoring the performance of our exams to ensure we are providing best-in-class skills training for all of our certification holders and test takers. That said, we are always open to feedback and looking for ways to improve and evolve our programs so they remain at the forefront of the industry.”

Hollingsworth tells me via email that the response to his post has been positive.

“I echoed a lot of the sentiments that engineers and CCIEs have been talking about here,” he says. “Almost every tweet I’ve seen or person I’ve talked to has said that this was something that needed to be said.”

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As for those who might suggest these complaints are sour grapes from those unwilling to put in the work necessary to pass the test?

“I would ask that anyone thinking the test is fair and well written to take it using official sources and write a rebuttal post telling the community why our views are in error. I’m willing to admit I might be wrong and biased, but the overwhelming number of people agreeing with my statements leads me to think there may be issues with the test.”

(UPDATE: Hollingsworth has a new post up discussing his talk with a Cisco executive and some ideas for improving the test.)

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