Re: Congrats on your Certification! A grand waste of time and money
"more interested in your $2500US "
To be honest I think that £/$2500 is pretty much on the spot between "too much for any muppet to learn the answers and pass" and "What I'm spending won't be offset by increased salary".
Unlike MS where you can just brain dump from exam collection and pay £99 to become an "expert".
"It's like the assholes I meet in tech who run to google search every single solution they need, rather than craft it themselves using only man pages, the first party docs, and the software/hardware itself."
Have you tried the user manuals on most software released as a service? You'll get a perfect guide, screenshot by screenshot, of how to do something, but no context as to why you would need to do it, or how it will affect other areas of the product. The proxy I run at work is a perfect exactly, "here's how to set up a facebook policy, click this click that, click finish". Ok, but what does that mean exactly? What effect will that have on the traffic?
And as much as I'd love to be given the time to try every setting and see how it responds it's not very often I have that much time, usually it needs implementing yesterday. So a decent book (such as the "mastering" series) is an absolute god send, those peoples jobs is to sit there and play with all those lovely settings I can only dream about.
On the other hand a home lab alone simply isn't enough. There's no way I can dream up some of the random shit management decide they need (which they never actually do), so planning out actual projects with business requirements is impossible.