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Sticky Work Situation - Worth Bringing Up?

I'm in a sticky work situation. My account manager, who I'm partnered with, is pretty great overall - tries to be understanding, gives me enough rope to succeed but enough support to perform, even spends extra hours with me for development. But we're all in our early to mid-twenties, which can be kind of a rough age. One of our other account managers is pretty blunt, quite potty-mouthed, abrasive with terrible delivery. For example, she will regularly say people "shit the bed" "absolutely fucking suck" "is a sack of shit" as a reason not to work with them. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Sep 8, 2014 - 31 answers

IEM shorts - How to know where it's coming from

I have Brainwavz M3 in-ear monitors and, before sending them out to be fixed, I want to know if the problem probably resides in the earbuds themselves or in the audio jack. See Extended explanation... Thank you. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jun 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Paid for a car repair that failed, but mechanic is gone after surgery

We started having trouble with our car almost a year ago. We paid $1500 for a repair that failed, and the mechanic tried twice more without additional charges. Now, it’s failed again, but the mechanic had heart surgery and closed down the shop, and I haven’t been able to reach him. Is there anything left to do, or do we just have to accept that we’re out the money without a fix, and start over with someone new? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Another problem with Chrome: "Unable to Access Network"

For about a month I have been getting this annoying message "Unable to Access Network" when trying to open random webpages in Chrome. The drop down message also has two buttons: "Reload" and "More". If I hit "reload", 8 times out of 10 the webpage opens immediately. But sometimes I can't get in with repeated tries. This only happens in Chrome. If get locked out of a page in Chrome, I can open it in Explorer. I tried to fix this by disabling my extensions and my Firewall (Norton Security Suite). That didn't work. Again, it is happening to random webpages at random times. It has become very frustrating and I feel I have no choice but to just dump Chrome. Any ideas?
posted by Seymour Zamboni on Apr 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Efficient Strategy for Problem Management

When I encounter a problem that I want to improve my management of, what is a better strategy than, "find book on Amazon/ order book/ never read book or only read 1st chapter? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Mar 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Shoes as comfy as Alegrias, but prettier...what are they called?

I have developed problem feet; bunions, a chipped bone and arthritis. I tried Alegrias and woohoo, they don't hurt!! Nice styles, pretty colors, but they are just a bit...chunky. Know what I mean? I know about Dansko, Keen and Merrell, but are there other brands that combine exceptional comfort with good looks? I want a feminine effect. I like sporty, athletic, fun, colorful, girly shoes. Low heels. I am a lady, 55, petite, active and on my feet more often than off, during my work day. I have an eclectic, thrift store wardrobe, heavy on blacks, and neutrals, with colorful accent pieces. I tend toward "costumes" rather than outfits, if that gives you a sense of my style. I want pretty feet that don't hurt!
posted by LaBellaStella on Mar 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Unknown car troubles

I bought a second-hand Mitsubishi Magna a month ago, and it's having a weird loss of power issue. I've gone to two different mechanics and spent more than I paid for it on repairs, but nothing's changed. Has anyone had this issue before? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Mar 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Relationship between contemplation and mindfulness

What is the relationship between contemplation and mindfulness? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Feb 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Changed domain name-servers. 4 days later seeing old site. How do I fix?

Updated a clients domain name-servers to new ones. Seeing the new site everywhere (EX: random starbucks, my house, on my phone). At the office, it's still showing the old site on every computer. I tried a DNS flush. Didn't work. How do I proceed from here?
posted by audio on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Ontario plumber hassles

Hired plumber to fix water softener. $357 later I am worse off than I was before I hired the plumber. What remedies are available to me in Ontario...? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Nov 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Girlfriend stranded...

Ok, so my SO has the 2003 Jeep Renegade, and evidently this afternoon it started "spewing water and then quit working" To me this says water pump...and I am inclined to have it towed to a place (about 8 miles) that has done car work for us in the past. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Oct 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Should I pursue my complaint about BT via the ombudsman?

Four years ago I set up what should have been a phone/broadband package with BT. I have contemporaneous notes of the phone conversation to do this. It has only recently come to light that BT actually set up two separate accounts. Because I opted for online billing, I only saw details of one account when I checked payments. I knew another payment was going out of my account, but I thought it was line rental. I know that I should have made absolutely sure exactly what all the payments were for, but the bills and the details on my bank statements do not make that easy and I had no reason whatsoever to suspect that all was not in order. I am certainly out of pocket, although it is difficult for me to work out by how much. I have followed BT's complaints procedure and have been offered £65 as a final offer. I don't think this is enough, but wonder whether I have a strong enough case to make taking the matter to the ombudsman worthwhile. I would really appreciate advice on this. Thank you.
posted by BobAndJoy on Sep 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Dating filter: I like this guy - but he only talks about himself

I'm interested in dating and otherwise be-friend a guy. We have common interests and he seems to be "nice" and has a high level of intelligence. That said - Every conversation revolves around him. I love to ask people questions and let them "talk freely about their life or whatever"... but at some point you want to have a two-sided conversation. How can I politely make this point without coming across in the wrong way? This is not someone I have known longer then a couple dates.
posted by audio on Sep 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Multiple nested music folders in iTunes, missing music, gah!

While attempting to migrate to a new desktop PC, I discovered that my iTunes library contains multiple, nested "music" directories much like this guy's. Have any MeFites faced and solved this problem? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Aug 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Tips and tricks to motivate yourself at your lowest ebb

Lifehackfilter : regardless of the precise circumstances, at your absolute lowest ebb what have you done or where have you found that thing that helped you turn the corner, to spur you on, to start the recovery? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Jul 2, 2013 - 30 answers

Analytic Philosophy: Word games?

Recently I've been listening to some very interesting podcasts on the mind-body problem and I've been caught up in the various different approaches that one can take to the problem. I was really excited until, upon further reflection, it seemed to me that most of what we use to attack this problem in America (analytic philosophy) is basically just word games, logic puzzles and thought experiments, with no real basis in reality. Help? [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Jun 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Girlfriend met a guy on dating site. This isn't settling well with me.

My girlfriend, who is lonely, used a dating site to make a "friend" which I'm having difficulty coping with. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2013 - 81 answers

Stomach Problem and Antibiotics

I used tetracycline for a year and a half for acne. I had no negative side effects. On April 14th I started to have abdomen pain, loose stools, diahrea, gas, and stomach gurgling. On April 18th I went to a walk in clinic and they told me that I should stop taking the tetracycline because I've been on it for too long and it can negatively effect my gut flora. I had a stool sample, blood test and ultrasound done and they all came back negative. I went to my family doctor April 29th and he said that I am suffering from IBS and said to take a PPI and a anti-depressant. He also said it was unlikely that the tetracycline could cause my stomach problems. I took the PPI and it didn't help. I do not want to take the anti-depressant. I visited my dermatologist this week and he said I should continue taking the tetracycline and that stomach problems can be related to stress. My stomach is still bothering me and I have diahrea in the early morning and I'm taking imodium to stop that. I am visiting my girlfriend in Europe in 2 weeks and I hope my stomach problems don't negatively effect my trip. Does anyone know if using Antibiotics could cause stomach issues like this. I am upset at myself for taking the Tetracycline for so long. But my dermatologist told me it was safe. I hope this will pass and not be a lifelong syndrome.
posted by Jack V on May 10, 2013 - 14 answers

How to Properly Sleep Through the Night For Once

I have been waking up at the exact same time in the middle of the night for the past month or so, and it's majorly disrupting my ability to be a functional human being. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Apr 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Dealing with my girlfriend

I'll try to make this short. I am at my breaking point. My girlfriend of a year and a half or so is definitely bipolar, I would say without a doubt that it could be severe. I wasn't sure for some time, but now I am certain, after simply looking at the symptoms I can tell she has some sort of bipolar disorder -- even down to being falsely diagnosed with depression I think (maybe she was depressed too, but this is besides the point). [more inside]
posted by YoungConfusedMan on Mar 17, 2013 - 25 answers

I rented a single-family house in MA. YANML, but I probably need one.

I rented a single-family house in MA with 2 roommates. We have 2 toddlers. This house isn't deleaded, and it needs to be, and landlady is very unhappy about the expense. We offered to vacate the lease, but my now crazy landlady wants to keep the security deposit I put down. Help? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Mar 6, 2013 - 20 answers

Please help me diagnose my wifi problems

I'm having problems with my home wifi network. I'm seeing sporadic periods (a couple of hours a day) where websites load slowly, partially, or not at all. How can I diagnose this problem? Are there router settings to try setting differently? Should I just get a new router? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Feb 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Changed ISP unable to send email with e-mail account of old ISP

I have a friend who has become totally reliant on an e-mail account, which was provided by an internet service provider which she has just left to go to a new ISP. She uses Outlook 2003 as her e-mail client program. Unfortunately, she is now finding that after moving to this new ISP that although she can receive e-mails absolutely fine, she cannot send e-mails. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Feb 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Pinning Excel docs to the taskbar doesn't work with Office upgrade

So I upgraded from Microsoft Office Starter 2010 to Microsoft Office 2010. I uninstalled the Office Starter program. Then things went wrong. Please help! [more inside]
posted by merocet on Jan 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Did I get screwed by a local computer repair place?

I dropped off my computer to be repaired because it kept powering off randomly, and often before windows could even start booting. They told me it was a faulty power supply, which they replaced. I received a call about fifteen minutes after I got home from a tech there telling me that they forgot to plug my DVD drive into the power supply, and that I can bring it back and have them fix it. When I ran it at home, I noticed google chrome was missing. Another one of my programs doesn't work now, telling me that "The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable." 3-4 other programs that I've picked at random and tried to run work fine. [more inside]
posted by Modus Pwnens on Jan 17, 2013 - 21 answers

With a hard g.

Problem with animated gifs or pages with a large number of images. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Jan 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Dad fails at first world problems: I can't make Spore run.

I can't make Spore run on my Macbook Pro. My 9 year old is nonplussed. Please help...he's getting pouty.... [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 20, 2012 - 12 answers

1 SSD & 2 HDD (One of the HDD isnt showing any more). Need help!

I've just upgraded my rig with a 256gb SSD card for the main C:. This is primary used for the OS, apps and my work files. I previously had 2 HDD's one for OS and the other for backups. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 17, 2012 - 10 answers

What is causing this inexplicable video problem with my monitor?

What is causing the strangest video error I have ever come across? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Nov 10, 2012 - 17 answers

I'm aware that networking and meeting people is the key to getting jobs, I just can't figure out which career field to network with.

Careers/jobs that combine quantitative skills, creativity, problem-solving, and big-picture thinking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2012 - 16 answers

styling problem

Why won't <colgroup> style properly? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Help us get rid of this house!

We have an old, unlived in house that is disintegrating. We need help fixing it up, emptying the junk out of it and selling it. We are overwhelmed and find it hard to face this problem. Advice needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Hey is that a mouse on the hood?

How to deal humanely with a mouse problem? We have a family of mice living in our Toyota Rav. Which is funny and actually pretty cute there are 4 babies and 2 adults (that we saw). [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Sep 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Computer boots to blank screen many times before loading - help!

When I start my computer, it loads to a blank screen and freezes. It has to be restarted anywhere from 2-20 times before it finally boots up. It has been F-Disked and still does this. What could be causing this and what could I do about it? It's a PC running Windows Vista. I've had it 3 years and it's done this the whole time I've had it. Thank you!
posted by Melsky on Aug 12, 2012 - 18 answers

I guess my definition of "perfect working condition" must be different.

Ebay Help: My phone died and I bought a used one from ebay. The seller listed it as "perfect working condition". Well, it's not. Ebay resolution was no help and now I'm stuck with a phone that barely functions. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jul 31, 2012 - 27 answers

Acer netbook keyboard and mouse about to die

Acer netbook keyboard and mouse threatening to quit working any minute now. Hoping someone can point me to the right place for assistance before it's too late. [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Is This Smell Normal?

New sewing machine smells weird during use. Common? Should I be nervous? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 11, 2012 - 7 answers

One click, two clicks, three clicks...crap

MacFilter: Asking for a friend. He has a MacBook 6,1 running Lion. When he got it, it was running Snow Leopard and he upgraded a few days later. Ever since, the cursor quite frequently is one or more clicks behind. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on May 23, 2012 - 7 answers

How to troubleshoot an iMac/Boot Camp/Win7 installation

Help troubleshooting an iMac/Windows XP/Windows 7/Bootcamp/Parallels installation, please? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me keep my cat.

Cat Problems. We have a 7 year old cat who has always been mean to others, but loving and affectionate with us. Recently this has changed. What other options can I explore, as I don't want to give the little jerk up. Details (lots) Inside. [more inside]
posted by pickinganameismuchharderthanihadanticipated on May 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Computer, Y U NO connect to the Internet??

Is there a somewhat simple solution to this problem? We recently installed new wireless Internet at home but my laptop (older Toshiba Satellite) refuses to connect to the net. It will automatically find our network and connect to it, but doesn't go that step further to actually connect to the Internet. This only happens with the wireless at home - it works fine with other networks I've tried out. Is my computer just not recognizing the new modem?
posted by sunshine arakhan on May 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Does my cat have stomatitis?

Does my cat have stomatitis? [more inside]
posted by branparsons on Apr 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Why is Pages (iWork) periodically not letting my enter text unless I click away from my program to my desktop (or other open program) and then back to Pages?

When using Pages (iWork) on my iMac, every few minutes it locks up and will not let me type anything on the the page. If I click outside of the program (my desktop, or another open program window) then click back to the document, it works again. Why? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Apr 17, 2012 - 4 answers

I can't print black and white.

Odd printing issue for a HP Officejet 4500 Wireless; using old or new cartridges, black won't print and colour is distorted. Pictures of diagnostic pages inside along with what I've done so far. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Apr 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Facebook/Instagram overposting problems?

Facebook Instagram issues? Posting each photo separately is taking over my page. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Apr 4, 2012 - 0 answers

Two computer problems

So I've had this problem since I built my computer a few months ago, it is completely sporadic and seemingly random. Sometimes my computer won't freeze for days, other times shortly after start up. When it freezes everything stops, the keyboard and mouse are unresponsive (no Ctrl-alt-del etc.) and if sound is playing there is a sort of "glitch" then silence. I don't know yet whether this is hardware related or software related. The other problem (separate then the freezing) I've been having on startup: I can't use it normally at all, because when I start a program like firefox or anything it else it freezes and I have to hard restart every time, or I have to wait 30 minutes and then firefox or other programs will start. Or the other issue arises where no programs will start and I'm forced to hard restart again. I can only run it working in safemode with networking, which prevents me from doing what I built it for, gaming and videos etc. Running chkdsk /r fixes this problem, but it sometimes returns. This is a secondary problem unrelated to the first. [more inside]
posted by johnx on Mar 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Is my iMac RAM incompatible?

I installed new RAM for my 2007-era iMac last week, and for a few days everything went swimmingly. Then the loud beeping started... [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Internet changing what I type.

Why does my browser change the last two letters of some of the strings I type to "Pr"? [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 24, 2012 - 4 answers

What should I try next?

Help me diagnose/repair my Toshiba Satellite A355D-S6889. When I try to boot, I get BOOTMGR MISSING. When I try to reinstall XP from a CD it seems to start out fine, copying drivers and such, until it gets to the message Starting Windows, at which point I get a blue screen o' death with the code 0x7B which google informs me is a hard disk error. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Feb 10, 2012 - 8 answers

I just want to go home. But not THAT home.

Boyfriend is jobless. I moved in with him anyway. Job hunt isn’t going as planned. He’s depressed. I want to move to a better apartment. What to do? [more inside]
posted by hubble on Feb 7, 2012 - 39 answers

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