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  • General computer performance question...?

    My computer sat for over a year and when I used it again it was all messed up, hardly worked. I went ahead and wiped my hard drive using my system disks. It worked beautifully for a couple of months, but recently it's been messing up again - slowing down, taking time to load programs, not responding, etc. I haven't loaded that many programs back onto it, so I guess my question is could the HP updates be causing this performance problem? Is there something else I could be doing?

    Thanks!

    1 AnswerOther - Computers10 years ago
  • Kind of a long story but any opinions are greatly appreciated...?

    I will do my best to keep this as short as possible. I was unemployed for a long period due to the economy (I think). In 2010 I moved to a smaller community in an area that's pretty new to me. I finally got a job with one of the larger employers as a temp/contract employee (no benefits or paid time off) for 3-6 months. As it got closer to the end of the period, I was applying for permanent jobs with the same employer. With the most recent job I applied for I was offered the position, but a couple of hours later the offer was "rescinded." Long story here, but I guess the department was kind of in a mess, and what it came down to is that they need somebody to help catch up on the work but are not sure if there will be enough work for a FTE when everything is caught up and didn't want to lay me off if there wasn't - btw I have no idea why the job posting was approved. It took them a good couple of months to decide what to do (I was hanging in limbo during that time) and in the end nothing has really changed. I'm now working in that department full time (with overtime at my previous position), helping them get caught up. Here's the thing. I'm still a little bitter about the whole situation, but there are some benefits to it as well:

    On the plus side, I am able to work in both departments - overtime that would not be available were I a regular FTE. I do receive a "differential" instead of benefits. The last benefit (or at least I think it is) is that I have at least another 3-6 months of work.

    Negative side: No vacation, no sick time, and any holidays are unpaid. No benefits whatsoever. After the work is done, then I am done.

    I don't know if this will help, but I've been told by more than one person that I would already have had a permanent position there if the budget allowed it.

    So I learned within the last week that there are a couple of people leaving their positions soon (in my "overtime"/previous department) - openings don't happen that often there. Considering what's happened so far, what would you do? Would you roll the dice and see what happens, or stay put for awhile because you just got to this new department and don't want to seem like a flake (also don't want to seem ungrateful)? I know my current boss would probably hire me for the position she is having come available, but that would be a considerable pay cut (probably not economically feasible for me).

    There is no right or wrong answer here - I would just like to know what other people would do if they were in the same situation. This is my first time working as a temp/contract employee - I've always had "permanent" positions in the past.

    Also, money is a considerable factor here.

    2 AnswersOther - Careers & Employment10 years ago
  • Kind of a long story but any opinions are greatly appreciated...?

    I will do my best to keep this as short as possible. I was unemployed for a long period due to the economy (I think). In 2010 I moved to a smaller community in an area that's pretty new to me. I finally got a job with one of the larger employers as a temp/contract employee (no benefits or paid time off) for 3-6 months. As it got closer to the end of the period, I was applying for permanent jobs with the same employer. With the most recent job I applied for I was offered the position, but a couple of hours later the offer was "rescinded." Long story here, but I guess the department was kind of in a mess, and what it came down to is that they need somebody to help catch up on the work but are not sure if there will be enough work for a FTE when everything is caught up and didn't want to lay me off if there wasn't - btw I have no idea why the job posting was approved. It took them a good couple of months to decide what to do (I was hanging in limbo during that time) and in the end nothing has really changed. I'm now working in that department full time (with overtime at my previous position), helping them get caught up. Here's the thing. I'm still a little bitter about the whole situation, but there are some benefits to it as well:

    On the plus side, I am able to work in both departments - overtime that would not be available were I a regular FTE. I do receive a "differential" instead of benefits. The last benefit (or at least I think it is) is that I have at least another 3-6 months of work.

    Negative side: No vacation, no sick time, and any holidays are unpaid. No benefits whatsoever. After the work is done, then I am done.

    I don't know if this will help, but I've been told by more than one person that I would already have had a permanent position there if the budget allowed it.

    So I learned within the last week that there are a couple of people leaving their positions soon (in my "overtime"/previous department) - openings don't happen that often there. Considering what's happened so far, what would you do? Would you roll the dice and see what happens, or stay put for awhile because you just got to this new department and don't want to seem like a flake (also don't want to seem ungrateful)? I know my current boss would probably hire me for the position she is having come available, but that would be a considerable pay cut (probably not economically feasible for me).

    There is no right or wrong answer here - I would just like to know what other people would do if they were in the same situation. This is my first time working as a temp/contract employee - I've always had "permanent" positions in the past.

    Thank you!

    1 AnswerOther - Careers & Employment10 years ago
  • Question for somebody with medical knowledge...?

    I'm a 34 yo white female, smoker, about 40 pounds overweight with high blood pressure (medicated). I also have anxiety (since 2005). I have a condition I've been experiencing for a few months. It's really hard to describe, because I have no comparison. I guess the best word is "pulse" or "beat" in my brain. It lasts for a second or less, but repeats frequently, and this occurs throughout the day, sometimes worse than others. There doesn't seem to be a trigger, but it happens more often when I move. These "pulses" can be accompanied by light-headedness. I've tried to explain this to my doctor, and she says "oh yes that happens when you get angry - it's nothing to worry about." But it's not that - I've had my pulse pound in my head when I get mad, and the only way it's similar is the location. I don't believe it's anxiety-related because I've had that for a long time. But it feels wrong, I know this is not normal. Does anybody know what I'm talking about or even have any idea? I'm so frustrated and I don't know what to do. Thank you for your time.

    4 AnswersOther - Health10 years ago
  • What causes a startle reaction when there is no external stimulus?

    This occurs several times when I am trying to fall asleep. I will jerk awake right at the edge of sleep, and it will happen again and again without cause. Has anybody ever heard of anything that causes this? Thank you.

    1 AnswerOther - Diseases10 years ago