We hear this question on a pretty regular basis. “I paid for credits, spent the credits on a lab, took the lab, and you’re telling me I have to spend more credits to take the lab a second time?” It’s a valid question, and the answer is worth exploring (TLDR: subscribe to qwikLABS and take a lab as many times as you want!).
The hands-on qwikLABS approach is dramatically different from other sources of online training. A lab is not like a book that you buy and read over and over. A lab is more like a sandwich – you only eat it once.
Have you ever stepped on a lego brick? Toy blocks have quite a history (and not just in relation to your decision to wear slippers). John Locke (writer and philosopher), Friedrich Froebel (often referred to as the father of kindergarten), Maria Montessori (teacher and first woman in Italy to earn a medical degree) and many others recognized the value of playing with blocks to encourage problem solving, identify dependencies and patterns, and visualize mathematics.
Are you in Chicago? Check out the AWS Summit, happening now. Say hi to Dave, the qwikLABS on-scene expert!
Many labs were taken.
One for the road
Snag a token (or 2) and take a free lab at the event, or save it for later. Bring one home to your friend while you’re at it – save your souvenir budget.
New look, same price (free!).
If you’re in Chicago, I hope you swing by and take a lab or two. And if you’re not in Chicago, no worries, qwikLABS AWS labs are available anywhere with an internet connection. Take a look at our catalog and find your next lab.
One of the things we have in our office consistently, 100% of the time, is snack food. Some of it is healthy (dried mangos) and some of it is a little on the junkfood side (even though the popcorn promises it’s a good source of vitamins).
Generic clip-art lady with donuts – you can find anything on the internet…
Every day we sample a little of this and a little of that. We have our favorites that we keep stocked. We try new things and decide whether or not a second appearance is deserved.
The office favorite? Almonds. What do we like about them? They’re nourishing. Flavorful. Satisfying. They come in different flavors, and are delicious in (almost!) any iteration. Bottom line? Almonds are snackable, and good for you.
So what is the point, other than making everyone feel hungry? qwikLABS, with our hands-on lab approach to training, is the almond of learning new technology. Seriously, learning new technologies like AWS can result in massive career opportunities. And qwikLABS, with our snackable, good-for-you labs, should be in your browser’s recent history (if you’re not taking one right now).
Why is this a big deal? The value of AWS knowledge is undeniable. The new Advantage subscription gets you full access to the growing list of AWS lab topics. Take as many labs as you want, any place and any pace, all with access to the real AWS Console. No simulations here!
And why start offering subscriptions? Testing the idea a few months ago (thanks to all who participated BTW!) and your response to unlimited labs last month convinced us that Advantage subscriptions are the best, max-value way to get self-paced labs into your hands.
Simply put, the cost of earning a single Quest badge is generally higher than 1 month’s subscription for access to *all* labs (more about Quests here). So we truly hope you take Advantage! (See what I did there?)
Any questions about the new Advantage subscription option? Check out these FAQs, or send us your question and we’ll be happy to help. Subscriptions aren’t for you? No worries, basic and bulk credit pricing are still available, exactly as before.
If you are new to AWS, get your first look at the AWS Console in less than 30 minutes with Intro to EC2 – one of our 30+ labs free of charge – then dive deeper into more complex labs like part 1 of Building a Media Sharing Website.
Seriously looks like a great party, but even more seriously, take things into your own hands and get into NVIDIA technology, fast. Check out these live, hands-on labs and learn to program GPUs with C++, or Python, or Fortran, or MATLAB – any place, your pace. Check out labs on OpenACC and Deep Learning too (Intro to Deep Learning is free!).
What’s a Quest, you might ask? And why should I care? Each Quest consists of a collection of labs that focus on a specific area of GPU computing and practical use cases. At the end of a Quest, you get two things:
Advanced knowledge of that specific area of GPU computing
A shareable badge to show what you accomplished (looks great on your resume, social media profiles, and more!)
Why should I take the Deep Learning Quest? Deep learning is helping to solve big data problems such as computer vision (self-driving cars!), speech recognition, and language processing. NVIDIA provides high-performance tools and libraries to power these applications, and qwikLABS puts practical training, curated by experts, into your hands. Earn your Deep Learning Badge today!
As promised, here are a few snapshots of the conference. Have you checked out the self-paced labs yet?
That and more at the GPU Technology Conference. It’s the biggest GPU conference in the world and it kicked off this morning. Are you there?
Between sessions on AI and self-driving cars, conference attendees will have a chance to learn new tools with hands-on NVIDIA labs powered by qwikLABS. If you’re attending the conference, check the schedule to see when labs are available.
I’ll make this quick, since time is running out. Tomorrow night, the AWS 10 year celebration comes to an end, and so do free AWS labs (but intro labs are always free – as they were even before this event). You’ve accomplished a lot in the last two weeks. Be proud of the effort you’ve put in!
Finish strong – keep up your momentum and sneak in one or two final freebies before the price tags return. On April 1, AWS labs will return to normal prices.
Congratulations once again to AWS on 10 years of success, and happy lab-taking!
PS: Do you like numbers? Stay tuned for some stats on how much you accomplished since March 14 🙂
PuTTY is a (free) SSH client. It gives you a command line tool, and allows you to control the remote host you create as part of your lab. You need PuTTY if you are using a Windows PC. If you use a Mac or a Linux machine, you’ll follow a different set of instructions.
Where do I get it? Is it free? Is it safe to download?
Read about it here. (Safely) download the most recent version here.
Once I get it, how do I use it? Screenshots please?
Once you get to PuTTY in the lab instructions, find the putty.exe file (likely in your Downloads folder) and double-click to launch it. Instructions will vary (so follow the instructions in your lab), but you’ll probably want to enter a host name like this*:
Expand the Connection tree, then expand SSH, then click (don’t expand) Auth.
You’ll see a field for your private key – browse to the PPK file provided by the lab (likely in your Downloads folder).
Wait, PPK file? Where do I find that?
Both the PPK file and the PEM file (if you need it) can be downloaded from your lab instructions.
When you connect, you might see a message like this (fascinating right?) – click yes to make the connection.
…and you’re in! Now you’re a pro. When was the first time you used PuTTY?