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[Survey] Does multitasking speed you up or slow you down?

Started by Ryan Lintker, 2002-09-17T09:14:22-05:00 (Tuesday)

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Ryan Lintker

Multitasking is a big part of computing and non computer life these days.  I often find myself always busy with five things at a time, but I never seem to finish what I need to do.

What do you think about multitasking?
"You can't always get what you want,
 but if you try sometime, you just might find,
you get what you need" - The Rolling Stones

Chris Swingler

If you're running Windows, muiltitasking just increases your chances for a utter and total system crash.  In which case, you'll find yourself using CTRL+ALT+DEL keyboard shortcut.

(I don't like to multitask.  It's distracting.)

Christopher Swingler
CAOS Web Administrator

Michael Kennedy

"Multitasking is like stomping on your motherboard with baseball cleats."

(I read that on a tech humor site once.  It was supposedly a line uttered by some doof at a mom 'n pop PC store.  Aaanyway...)

I tend to disagree.  I multitask quite a bit at work since I'm not only an admin, but "the tech guy" as well.  I get interrupted a bunch and wind up closing 20 programs each night before I go home.  I run Windows 2000 Pro on a 1.26 P3m, 512mb laptop and rarely use CTRL+ALT+DEL unless I'm locking my system.  The only times apps hang is when it's their own fault (not timing out a connection properly and hanging, etc).  Plus, if I had to wait for exverything to finish on it's own before I moved on to the next thing I'd get a lot less done.

I might be a bit of an exception, but I do have trouble concentrating unless I'm constantly busy with multiple things, so multi-tasking is a must for me.  :-D
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