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Are any computer or IT certifications worth pursing?

I'm in the weird position of being halfway through a psych/programming/IT degree meant to train me as a user interface expert. I'm taking a year off to work. I want to learn more about networks, networking, and network security. I want to learn more about computer security in general, best practices to follow. I want to eventually get a non-glamorous job in tech support or similar to pay the bills until I work my way up. Are any of the current computer/tech/IT certifications worth pursuing? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Calling network engineers: help me understand latency and packet loss

I’m trying to be more pro-active with regard to monitoring the network at my workplace, addressing any issues that might arise, and answering that ever-present question: “My computer is so slow today! Is the problem on our end, or on their end?” [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Tape backups - yes / no? What's my options?

Are tapes still the best bet for backups or are they considered antiquated now? I want to replace our organization's existing tape backup system. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Aug 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Use of The City as a metaphor for the Internet/Web

I am looking for examinations of the Internet and World Wide Web that use the structure and/or history of the city as a metaphor. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Any recommendations for a book on history of computer security?

I'm looking for a book recommendation on the history of computer and internet security. [more inside]
posted by cman on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

What sort of server & network setup would work for a small design business?

What networking or server (NAS?) equipment do I need to set up a small design business that will use a lot of fairly large CAD, Rhino, PSD, AI, and other design-type files? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Setting up a VPN between two small offices.

Is the IT company I've hired ripping me off? I need to establish a VPN connection from my funeral home in one town to my main office. One computer, one server, one database that needs to be accessed. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Sep 15, 2011 - 50 answers

Fun things to do with Wii, streaming media, and network storage!

Help me figure out how to make the ultimate backup/streaming media setup under $200. Or, just tell me cool things to do with my Wii that I haven't thought of. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Training for a new career in IT

I'm ready for a career change and I've always wanted to work in IT. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Difference between anti-spyware and anti-virus?

What are the main differences between anti-spyware and anti-virus? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Apr 12, 2010 - 6 answers

I have to product an IT hardware quote...and in 12 hours

I need some quotes/ideas on IT hardware...and have to generate a proposal in 12 hours! [more inside]
posted by titans13 on Mar 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Networking infrastructure for a LAN gaming setup?

I would appreciate some input on what type of network topology to implement in a small-scale network of about 20 computers for multi-player gaming purposes. What kind of networking hardware would be required in such a situation - routers, servers, cabling etc. Last but not least, as far as network security is concerned - what are the key things one should look out for? Thanks to all that can contribute some ideas
posted by naskar on Mar 17, 2010 - 9 answers

How much PC security will I really need?

I'm about to receive a desktop computer (Windows 7 Pro) that I am going to use *solely* for playing an online game. Do I need any additional security or virus protection programs aside from what comes with Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by woot on Feb 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Any way to speed up local network?

So, over the holiday season, I invested in a 2tb hard drive. I brought it to the dorms with me and, since a friend had a netbook laying around that he wasn't using, I decided to hook up my hard drive to the netbook and connect the netbook to our router so that people on our network can access it. Everything's working fine, except for the fact that transfer speeds are typically incredibly slow and the connection doesn't seem to be particularly stable. Anyway I can improve this?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Jan 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me connect!

Help me connect to my girlfriend's wireless network! [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Aug 31, 2009 - 12 answers

Nomadic computer components must be civilized

I'm looking for inspiration on how to reduce computer clutter. I run a lot of machines and make them do a lot of cool things, but in a 92sqm apartment where we're also trying to manage massive DVD, magazine, and book libraries, and where my previous work station (which was never all that orderly) has been conquered by my girlfriend's rampaging makeup and sewing stuff, it ain't easy. I want to compartmentalize, organize, and speed up the process of accessing my stuff. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Nov 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Tell me about current NAS manufacturers and technology?

Tell me about Network Attached Storage ( NAS )? In particular what current manufactuers should I avoid for a typical 1 terabyte (or greater) RAID array? I'm also interested in general information and pitfalls for NAS devices and implementations. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Private file sharing over LAN

Computer 1 (XP SP2) and Computer 2 (XP) are connected to a router. I want to transfer and manipulate files from one on the other. I don't want to use File and Print Sharing. Any solutions? [more inside]
posted by daksya on Aug 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Scaling back Small Business Server 2003

How do I scale back Windows Server 2003 for Small Business? [more inside]
posted by adverb on May 25, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I create a social networking site?

How can I create a social networking site? I am in Southern California (Inland Empire/Orange County) and interested in building a social networking/message board/blog site along the lines of Sermo or Metafilter that isn't really about customizable media and meeting friends, as much as it is for people within a certain specialty, let's say the veterinary community, to share their ideas about their expertise with peers, receive newsletters relevant to their work, and ask for their peers' opinions or advice. [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Apr 12, 2008 - 10 answers

Large Site Network Infrastructure (Hardware) Examples?

Network admin / geek question: I'm in the process of building a small cluster of servers for my quickly growing wallpaper website, but I've never charted those waters before. I found a nice article on TorrentFreak about Mininova's server setup, and found it quite intriguing. My question is, are there any other big-ish sites like Mininova that are open about their hardware infrastructure? Googling around yielded few results. I'd be interested to see the setup for a site like Digg, MeFi, or Flickr. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by hmaugans on Feb 16, 2008 - 5 answers

Looking for a cheap NAS solution <$50 (enclosure only)

Looking for a cheap NAS enclosure (~$50) - interested in ximeta netdisk, but I'd rather go with something that doesn't require a software install. For $100ish I could build a cheap VIA C3/C7 server, but a simple HD enclosure would be better. I'm planning to run it off a WRT54g, and have heard that ximeta's get slow wifi performance - could I watch videos over the connection (300mb/hr divx), or would I be restricted to backup and music? If so, what's the cheapest NAS enclosure that isn't a POS that can manage mp3's over wifi? Something that could do bittorrent would be great, but they seem much more costly. Most important, I want a NAS that will spin down when not in use so it doesn't kill my non-enterprise HD.
posted by lrodman on Jan 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Bandwidth analysis

Can anyone recommend a free tool to do a long term bandwidth analysis? [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Nov 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Home Network & WiFi Configuration

Home Network Question: Help me choose the right router and network configuration for my needs. [more inside]
posted by me3dia on Oct 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Maybe it's time to start backing up...

Help me figure out the world of computer backups. [more inside]
posted by unexpected on Oct 11, 2007 - 23 answers

Help me get a small business network of Macs organized

Some clients of mine have a small consulting business that is rapidly expanding. What started as 1 desktop computer has turned into 4 desktops, 4 laptops (and recently 2 iPhones), and they'll soon be adding some more desktops. They're moving some of the computers out of their home office, and into a "real" office next week and I'm really trying to nail down a good setup for them. I'm looking for your advice on how you've organized a smallish network of Macs, allowing anywhere access of Files, Email, Calendar and Address Book. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Jul 25, 2007 - 9 answers

Networking computer help for a amateur turned vaguelly professional tinkerer

Help me to fix/setup/keep running a network of 4 computers the easy way. [more inside]
posted by djstig on Jun 3, 2007 - 4 answers

Map my network!

Anyone know of a visual network mapping program? [more inside]
posted by wavering on Jan 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Why do MSN and skype drop out?

Network oddities with XP, MSN and skype. [more inside]
posted by tomble on Dec 26, 2006 - 3 answers

Unshackle my home network

Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router + Comcast Broadband connection. My Comcast connection will not allow the internet to flow through the wireless router [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Oct 20, 2006 - 14 answers

What should I do with my old hard drives?

I've got a bunch of extra hard drives, and I want to setup a backup NAS type solution so I can backup my data and store movies, tv shows, media, etc. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by creeront on Oct 10, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I keep the field updated?

In a Windows environment, what's the best way to keep a folder with large files sync'ed across multiple pc's? [more inside]
posted by alightfoot on Sep 27, 2006 - 11 answers

How do I set up a server at home?

ServerFilter: How do I set up a server at home? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Jan 19, 2006 - 9 answers

Is my network secure?

I have a couple questions about the security of my wireless network... I'm definitely not a computer newbie, but networking issues have always gone a bit over my head. [more inside]
posted by semidivine on Nov 18, 2005 - 18 answers

WiFi on the road?

Is there a nationwide (where nation = United States) service which provides wireless Internet coverage? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Sep 28, 2005 - 11 answers

How can I consolidate 3 devices to 2?

Too many devices question......[mi] [more inside]
posted by szg8 on Feb 13, 2005 - 3 answers

Accessing email and address book over my home network?

EmailFilter: I have a Windows XP Pro laptop and an OS X iMac. I need to store my email and contacts on the iMac but access them over my home network from the laptop. How can I do this? [mi] [more inside]
posted by Sfving on Sep 1, 2004 - 8 answers

Ethernet Cards 101

I recently purchased an ethernet card for my laptop. It's not working. (MI) [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Aug 15, 2004 - 7 answers

How to share internet connection with Windows XP and ME?

Problem sharing internet connection on home Windows XP / ME network question. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jasper411 on Feb 23, 2004 - 7 answers

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