Multitasking ~ ActiveRain Style...

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Multitasking ~ ActiveRain Style...

multitasking - activerain style...Unless you are living on another planet or still stuck on dial-up <sigh>, you have undoubtedly noticed the server slowdown and the increase in proxy errors over the past few weeks.

Like me, many of you can only allot so much time to social media and ActiveRain. Then it is off to work either in or on your business. Between commenting, reading and posting, you are probably like me and earmark 1-2 hours as part of your marketing routine.

1 hour can quicky expand into 1-1/2 with slow server responses and leave you feeling frustrated. The solution? Multitask ActiveRain style. By using 2 browsers, You can write your post on one and comment on the other. Saves time and keeps your urinary tract from getting upset. And here they said that I was only good looking...

P.S. Hopefully the guru's will fix the hitch in the giddyup soon. I'm all out of wax, my string is frayed and my oatmeal can has about had it...

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Ginny Gorman
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate
This slow down is driving me to distraction Michael...& yes multi screens is the way to go !!
November 16, 2010 07:36 AM
Judy Jennings
Sales Director

I am a multi-taber (PC thing), and the slow down has cut down on my commenting as a result. Today seems to be a little better. Still much better than when they were switching over to the new servers.... silver lining is in there somewhere. ;-)

November 16, 2010 07:55 AM
Richard Iarossi
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


I have a physical dual monitor setup and its fantastic. Would never go back to a single monitor.


November 16, 2010 07:59 AM
Ellie McIntire
CDPE, Howard County Homes for Sale
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate

It seems we all have something in common here. We are all impatient people!

November 16, 2010 08:00 AM
Kenneth Cole
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -

Good morning Michael;  I think you're on to something.  I have 2 computers.

November 16, 2010 08:15 AM
Cindy Marchant
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775

I have noticed this too...wondered if it was AR or my computer!  I don't have the ability to do four screens, but I can do split screens and when I am blogging it is essential.  Write in one and Google/Picture/Picnik, etc in the other!   lol

Cindy In Indy

November 16, 2010 09:17 AM
Laura Cerrano
Authentic Feng Shui Expert
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island

Good Morning Micheal, this is wow, four screens going at once. So far I'm up to two haha.  I will have to try your advice ..thanks for sharing :) Have a great day!

November 16, 2010 09:27 AM
Don MacLean
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA


It looks like you have enough to run any small airport.

Hopefully the problem will soon be fixed and you will be cleared for take off

Enjoy the day

November 16, 2010 09:28 AM
Lottie Kendall
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
Today | Sotheby's International Realty

You mean I'm not the only impatient person here on AR? Ha, ha! I like your solution, Michael.

November 16, 2010 09:34 AM
Craig Rutman
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
Helping people in transition

OK, that's just way too much multi-tasking for me! I have enough trouble with one monitor. But your point about AR slowdowns is well taken. I had to give up early last night when I couldn't get my work done in a timely manner.

November 16, 2010 09:40 AM
Marian Goetzinger
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000

Michael, Yesterday I returned to the office and Active Rain after a few days away and I was about to scream with the slow speed.  I had way to much to do to deal with that but maybe the Active Rain gods and goddesses can do something about that.  Hmmmm

November 16, 2010 10:03 AM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners

Yes, I sometimes open multiple Active Rain windows, especially when I am writing a localism post. In regard to the speed issues, wasn't sure whether that was AR or too many Firefox windows open. BTW - who said you were good looking?

November 16, 2010 10:36 AM
Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
RE/MAX Realty Center

Yup, having the same issues as you and everyone else...I too have tried the double browser thing...sometimes it works !

November 16, 2010 10:44 AM
Donna Foerster
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC

It's like you are reading my mind.  I've started using 2 browsers daily.  It works great!

November 16, 2010 11:41 AM
Hannah Williams
Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
Re/Max Eastern inc.

Michael..You are always so clever...I sure hope they fix it soon..It is getting frustrating!!!!


November 16, 2010 01:16 PM
Anonymous #33

Howdy and afternoon to you Michael

Michael, the AR community sure has been running mighty slow of late. I really think that they should go in and clean out the blogs of those that have not been active for over two years. Which a lot of those have all kinds of the moving kind of widgets.

I know of over 3000 such blogs that members have not been active since 2007, which would tell me they are not coming back to the AR community. But AR does not want to do that, seeing that would drop the number showing for their membership.

Have a good one

November 16, 2010 05:45 PM
Paul Henderson
I always put my clients first in any transaction!
RE/MAX Professionals.

Still doesn't help speed up AR. I think the 2 browsers might be slowing down the server...

November 16, 2010 07:42 PM
Marc Swartz
CPA, CA - Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario

Michael - The slowdown of the ActiveRain servers has become more and more noticeable recently.  The one "postiive" thing is that we are not getting proxy and gateway errors.

November 16, 2010 10:35 PM
Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

So you are good looking and smart too. It seems better right now.

November 16, 2010 10:58 PM
Chris Smith
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage

Michael, I try a similar tact.  I have a twenty four inch monitor and open multiple screens...

November 22, 2010 07:57 AM
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