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Please make this Libirum stop spoiling my water

My doctor recently prescribed some Librium for awful stomach cramps. It seems that it is making all my food and drink now taste just terrible, like it's all got nutrasweet in it. I know the simple answer here is "just stop taking it", but that's really not an option. The Google is useless on this, and I really miss drinking water that tastes like water, and not water with some awful chemical in it. I guess, long question short: Is this the medication causing this or do I have a brain tumor?
posted by reverendjim on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers


Within the next year I want to get as many MCITP certifications as possible. What are the best personal-time resources for me? And what should I know going forward? Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Aug 5, 2009 - 3 answers

What do you charge to not do any work, but instead sit around and wait, just in case?

I have no idea what to charge to be "on call" for a year, just in CASE a computer has a problem. [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Aug 4, 2009 - 22 answers

I.T. Lingo

Give me your best I.T. related words, phrases, and aphorisms. I have worked in a variety of companies, all of which seem to have some interesting lingo and vernacular. I am not looking for stuff like 'cookie', and 'firewall'. More along the lines of: 'Going Dark' - when developers grab a requirements document and disappear for months, 'Snowflake' - a server that has been modified to the point of being unique, fragile, and unrepeatable. Phrases would include things like 'The problem is between the chair and the keyboard', 'XYZ consulting is just a body shop', or 'Those legacy systems are sunsetting'. Help me collect colorful I.T. lingo and proverbs.
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 23, 2009 - 71 answers

How does a history major get a job in IT?

How does a history major get a job in IT? If you work in IT or as a programmer, but have a degree in an unrelated field, how did you transition into tech? [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig on Jul 18, 2009 - 21 answers

lowcarb protein weightloss fitness

Half a day on a low-carb diet and I already feel like hurling. Advice? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jun 15, 2009 - 34 answers

Should I get an MPA or an MBA? Explanations inside!

Should I get an MPA or an MBA? Explanations inside! [more inside]
posted by l2yangop on Jun 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Decent PC Repair in Bay Area?

I am looking for a decent PC repair shop/freelancer in the Bay Area to (cheaply?!) take a look at my very broken computer. [more inside]
posted by prior on Jun 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Working with Kids

I've been asked to look after two work experience kids (young teens) for the coming two weeks to experience and learn what I.T. is all about. What tasks can I give them that will educate and enlighten them while not killing my productivity? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Jun 12, 2009 - 8 answers

From HelpDesk to Admin

Best background builder(s) for a nascent server administrator position (without the schedule flexibility to take courses?) [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Jun 12, 2009 - 4 answers

IT Contractor vs full-time Employee. Disadvantages to going the contractor route?

I'm currently employed full-time for a large consulting firm and have recently been offered an opportunity to engage on contract as an independent consultant. I'm hesitant about the loss of stability that this may imply and request the communities feedback [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I find these people?

I am about to become a first year medical student (YAY!). I am trying to figure out how to get involved in projects dealing with healthcare and IT. Are there any good online resources to finding this type of information? Or should I just start randomly emailing companies? [more inside]
posted by senseigmg on Jun 8, 2009 - 6 answers

A question about who is liable for potential data loss when backups don't work as promised

I'm involved in a dispute about whose responsible for data. The basics: A RAID array in a small company's production server died. Under extreme pressure, the technician reconfigured the array, losing data in the process. The customer assured the tech the data was backed up. It wasn't. Now the customer says the tech should have checked the backup tapes before doing anything. Who is responsible for the data repair? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Plot my IT computer certification schedule.

Plot my IT computer certification schedule. [more inside]
posted by l2yangop on Jun 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Drupal versions & themes

Backpedalling from Drupal 6 to Drupal 5, should I do it just to save a theme...how often does a Drupal update screw up custom themes? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry on Jun 6, 2009 - 6 answers

[IT Filter] Does anyone know of a resource which gives a comprehensive analysis of the IT Industry and its various facets?

[IT Filter] Does anyone know of a resource which gives a comprehensive analysis of the IT Industry and its various facets? [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate on May 18, 2009 - 7 answers

What do I need to know about getting into OS X system administration?

What do I need to know about getting into OS X system administration? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on May 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Should I go work for one company (1-2 month) while waiting for another company's offer?

Should I accept the offer from company "A", knowing full well that I would go work for company "B" in 1-2 month? I'm sure 99% that B's offer will come, but should I do this as a way of hedging my bets? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2009 - 23 answers

Consulting - am I doing it wrong?

I'm just starting out as an independent network and systems contractor and I think I've agreed to a bad deal. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2009 - 21 answers

Does an Information technology taxonomy exist?

Is there such a thing as an "Information Technology Taxonomy?" [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant on Apr 22, 2009 - 6 answers

My wireless lan connection is enabled, but i cant turn it on!

My wireless lan connection is enabled, but i cant turn it on! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Mar 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Which IT career would best satisfy the following requirements?

Solve this puzzle: which IT career would best satisfy the following requirements? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Mar 20, 2009 - 18 answers

Looking for hands-on, IT-related demo for middle schoolers.

What kind of hands on activity would be good for a group of middle-schoolers interested in a career in IT? [more inside]
posted by buck09 on Mar 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Looking for a great customer management/scheduling solution for a growing IT company

My company is looking for a comprehensive package to manage our IT company, which has grown 1000% over the past 4.5 years. I believe we have outgrown our existing solution. It has to be scalable, user friendly, integrate with Quickbooks, ideally would integrate with Kaseya, and generally be a very full solution. Honestly, Autotask is the best thing we have found, but it is not an option as we cannot host it ourself. Outsourcing all client data to another company means we are beholden to that company for life and that is not an option. We tested Commit but the web interface just wasn't robust. The program itself was very functional, but the interface would lead one to believe that it was intended for smaller shops so we are going to stay away from it. All suggestions and critiques are welcome.
posted by titans13 on Mar 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Pomodoro, no.

How did you give up certain foods for the rest of your goddamn life? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Mar 4, 2009 - 33 answers

How easy is it for a British citizen to find work in the Canadian IT industry?

How easy is it for a British citizen to find work in the Canadian IT industry? [more inside]
posted by robzster1977 on Mar 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Help, KVM ate my keyboard!

When my Server 2003 desktop auto locks, the keyboard becomes unresponsive while the mouse continues to work. Anyone had a similar experience? No indicators in any of the logs. Running Dell 2950 and Avocent AMX KVM. [more inside]
posted by masher on Feb 20, 2009 - 2 answers


Question: where can I find a valid coupon/discount code for a Dell XPS 730x. I've heard there's some out there for 20-25% off, but I can't seem to find anything online that's working. Failing that, how much of a difference is it really if I just build a really sweet XPS 630? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Feb 10, 2009 - 4 answers

If not now, when?

In this economy is it a bad idea to relocate for an IT job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I come up with effective IT policies?

My organization has tapped me to write and define IT policies and procedures. What are some examples of level-headed policies I can show them and won't turn us into one of those organizations where people end up tunneling to their home computers to check their gmail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Google, Stop Randomly Printing Your Crap on My Office Printer

Why has Google taken over my computer (and the mind and soul of my workplace printer)? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch on Feb 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me be a system admin

I'm looking to switch careers into a more IT based role. I'm very well versed with troubleshooting windows and mac systems, however don't know much about the aspects of corporate IT work, ie. managing user groups, Microsoft Exchange or virtual directory. Are there any great learning guides/tools the hive can recommend? [more inside]
posted by razzamatazm on Jan 21, 2009 - 2 answers

How much should I be making in IT?

I'm The IT for 50 users. What is my salary range? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2009 - 19 answers

Help me sync contacts from one user to another over exchange?

Help me figure out a CRM/Sync solution! I'm going crazy trying to figure out a good solution for a small firm; need to sync contacts, more inside... [more inside]
posted by vrdx on Jan 11, 2009 - 3 answers

What software and network setup was this?

Help me figure out what kind of software and computer network setup my school was using in 1994. [more inside]
posted by JuiceBoxHero on Dec 29, 2008 - 7 answers

I think I found a security hole, company isn't responding?

I have found a major security hole / bug in a mid-market erp/accounting program we use. I alerted support, explained the problem and how we fixed it. More than a week later and no follow up, bulletin or acknowledgment of the problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Install same disk image on ~50 unique machines.

How would I install a disk image on ~50 machines all of unique hardware configuration? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Dec 10, 2008 - 14 answers

Microsoft Exchange Hates Me

We have Microsoft Outlook set to send emails via a POP3 service, but our old Exchange 5.5 server keeps trying to take over when we don't want it to. [more inside]
posted by Zeker on Dec 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Recommendations for IT learning websites?

I need to refresh my memory and grow my understanding of some fundamental topics in the areas of computer and information technology. Where can I find some reputable and detailed primers online? Further details within. [more inside]
posted by karizma on Dec 4, 2008 - 5 answers

How to deal with the IT Skinner box?

I'm starting to have trouble with stress from being perennially "on call" in my IT position. I need some advice on how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2008 - 32 answers

How to raise the issue of a incompetent CEO?

What is the best way to raise the issue about an incompetent CEO or the best strategy to work without being bothered by one? [more inside]
posted by tseo on Nov 12, 2008 - 12 answers

Psych + IT + research = ?

Help me combine my masters in psychology, IT experience, and love of research into a more satisfying job. [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Nov 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Network+ cert prep training

Need help finding resources for Network+ certification prep. [more inside]
posted by wabashbdw on Nov 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Distant Education Recommendations? (esp ones that offer IT BA Programs)

Distant Education Recommendations? (esp ones that offer IT BA Programs) I'm looking for any distance education that has teachers, councilors and staff that CARE. A program new or old that is high tech and streaming video feed of lectures would be nice. If you received some distance education that is worth mentioning and you've enjoyed it or even better you've done 2 different schools online. PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Thanks. [more inside]
posted by premo on Oct 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me find part time work

I'm looking for a way to supplument my current income with $200-300 a month on top of current work. Any suggestions? I have tons of Photos that I want to sell through stock photos, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BoldStepDesign on Oct 13, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me break in to network security

IT Tech guy seeking more information on how to get deep into network security. [more inside]
posted by frwagon on Oct 7, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I find a part time IT/Help desk Job in Colorado?

How do I find a part time IT/Help desk Job in Colorado? I need something that pays $15-20 an hour and 15-20 hours per week. How can I find such a job? Suggestions please
posted by BoldStepDesign on Oct 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Enterprise KVM-over-IP that doesn't suck?

Looking for a good KVM-over-IP solution, specifically one that allows me to use a standard RDP client for access to hosts rather than a proprietary solution. [more inside]
posted by larsks on Oct 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Our IT department needs computerized help

What is the best and most intuitive PC/Mac inventory management/software distribution solution available for a small business with around 250 users and six IT guys? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Sep 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Microeconomics undrstand of a computer replacement schedule?

I work in IT in an industry that is currently suffering (forestry in Canada), because of that, the current computer replacement schedule (of approx 2500 computers) has moved from a 3 or 4 year schedule to 5-7 years. I am also *just* starting a course in microeconomics. I'd like to learn, and at the same time create a graph and information to understand and be able to explain the opportunity cost of this move. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Sep 6, 2008 - 7 answers

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