Do you know your GPO from your AD?


If you don’t, then this may not be for you! Microsoft Learning have put together a new online game which is designed to help (and encourage!) system managers or developers to consider certification (as in, Microsoft certification, rather than men-in-white-coats-certification. Hmm, I wonder if over the Atlantic, they don’t have that second meaning, as in “Mark is certifiable”)

Anyway, if you want to find out if you’re certifiable, or you want to set up healthy competition between your IT team across campus (or even amongst your STEM students), then this could be just for you. And it could be ideal if you’re in the Midlands and get the promised 2-8 inches of snow overnight tonight! One long day of electronic tests for everybody tomorrow!

The game takes the form of a trivia show, and includes a broad range of technical questions geared towards one of two disciplines: Developer, or IT staff. Some of the questions appear to be taken straight from the pages of Microsoft Certification, so it looks like a primer for someone preparing to take a MS Certification exam. I managed some right answers, but then got caught out by one of the “rogue” questions (does anyone know the nickname of the original Microsoft logo?).

Choose a character, select your field of expertise, and pit yourself against the entire online tech community in a quest for Tech IQ supremacy, a top spot on the leaderboard — and departmental bragging rights.

Check out the game at and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

You may also find yourself wandering down memory lane as yet again Clippy makes another satirical comeback. After having been P45’d out of Office a while back, he’s starting to make increasing appearances across various websites, with his new satirical hat on. My favourite places that he pops up is on David Salaguinto’s Office Offline blog, like in this cartoon below, and in “Are you Certifiable” he comes back as a quiz show contestant. All better than those times when he used to pop up and say “You look like you’re writing a letter. Would you like some help with that?”

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