Solution To GMail Hang In Internet Explorer

In my previous post, I noticed that the latest changes in GMail caused Internet Explorer to slow down. The IE7 that I am running on will hang for 3 to 5 seconds whenever I click on something within GMail. Strangely, this problem only occurs in IE and not Firefox.

GMail slow in Internet Explorer solution

The Google team must have noticed the problem and has prepared an option for IE users to revert back to the old version. After signing in to your GMail account using Internet Explorer, you will notice an “Older version” at the top right of the screen. All you have to do is to click on that link and you will be sent to the previous version.

If you were having the same problem like me, this should solve it.


GMail Slow When Using Internet Explorer

I notice there are some changes in GMail these two days. The ones that I notice are visual changes.

GMail slow when using Internet Explorer

The “more actions” drop down list looks different. I think the font type and size were changed. The drop down list looks more “boxy” too. The next thing I notice that could have been changed is the message alert box. I am not too sure about this but it feels different to me.

Anyway, here is the serious part.

When I am accessing GMail using Internet Explorer, everything I do seems to be very slow. For example, clicking on the checkbox takes about 3 to 5 seconds before it is selected. In fact, clicking on anything takes that long to be done. I also notice that during this period, my CPU usage shoots up to more than 50%.

I don’t know what Google staff has done to GMail but it seems to be killing my CPU resources everything I try to do something in it. Strangely, there is no such problem when I am using Firefox.

Are you experiencing the same problem? Could this be a way Google is supporting Firefox?

Why Blogitive Isn’t As Bad As It Seems

I have written in the past on the pros and cons of Blogitive. The main disadvantages of Blogitive are the payout for each post is only $5 and that you are required two normal posts in between their posts. Although veteran “paid-to-write” bloggers may not place it as one of their favorite income generators, Blogitive is still a good place to start for beginners.

One of the biggest disadvantages of Blogitive is that it requires at least two normal posts in between their posts. This may seem that you need to write two interim posts for every post you write for them. This is untrue.

Let’s take a look at their TOS on this subject.

There must be at least 2 non-paid posts of at least 50 words each between this post and the any other posts you have written for us.

The keywords there are “any other posts you have written for us”. That means that you will need to have at least two interims in between any of their posts. However, they do allow you to add in a sponsored post written by other companies between them.

That means that the below situation is allowed:

  • normal post
  • blogitive post
  • normal post
  • other company’s post
  • normal post
  • blogitive post
  • normal post

So you see, you can still maintain that “one sponsored post to one interim post” if you write for Blogitive. You just need to add in another post from another company in between the two interim posts. I have done this many times before and have no problem with it.

You Can Make $1000 Easily From Blogging

“How much can I earn from writing paid posts?”

I have been asked the question above a few times now. Writing paid posts is one of the many ways to make money from blogging. It can be one of the most rewarding. On the other hand, it can also hurt your blog. There are pros and cons to everything in life. You just need to find that balance.

Anyway, let’s get back to the question — How much can a person earn from writing paid posts?

This is a hard question to answer accurately. Everyone’s situation is different. There are a few factors that determine how much you can make from writing paid posts. Some of them include your Google PageRank, Alexa ranking, Technorati ranking, number of blogs and the level of determination that you have.

Generally speaking, the higher your PageRank is, the more you can earn. That is because many advertisers are willing to pay you more for writing a post if you have a higher ranking. Some people with high PR rank can easily make anywhere from $100 to $200 or more per post. It takes a lot of time and effort to gain that kind of ranking though.

To give an overall idea on how much a person can make, below is an example of what a person needs in order to make $1000 (which is equivalent to about RM3,300).

  • Two blogs with at least one having a PR 1 ranking
  • Write an average of three paid posts per blog per day

Advertisers pay at least $5 per post written. The average they pay is around $7. If you are lucky, you will be able to snatch a few jobs that pay anything from $10 to $30 per post.

To avoid complicated arithmetic, let’s assume:

  • you get paid $7 per post
  • you write 3 posts per blog per day
  • there are 30 days in a month
  • you rest on Sundays and on the first and third Saturdays of the month (damn syiok right?)
  • therefore, you “work” only 24 days per month

1 blog: $7 X 3 post = $21 per day X 24 days = $504 per month
2 blogs: $504 X 2 = $1008 per month

See how “easy” it is to make $1000 per month simply by blogging? Don’t forget that you may occasionally get some high paying jobs in between. However, there may be days where you may write less or something. So let’s not take those into account.

Since it is so “easy” to make $1000 a month blogging, does that mean I am already making $1000 a month now? How I wish. Unfortunately, there are external factors that may affect a person’s earnings. An example would be laziness. :-P

Of course, it is also important to balance between your paid and normal posts. If you concentrate more on the money and neglect your readers, you may just end up losing some loyal readers.

Computer Shutdown Suddenly. CPU Very Hot

There are two incidents in the past few days where my computer “blackout” suddenly and required a restart. I had no idea what was happening at first but noticed the heatsink on the CPU was very hot after touching it. From what I know, heatsinks should never be *that* hot.

The side cover of my casing is opened and I have a fan blowing straight into it to cool down everything within. When both incidents happened, my fan wasn’t turned on. So, I guess the temperature of the CPU must have risen so high that the computer turns off itself to prevent the CPU from frying itself.

I should probably buy a new heatsink or at least clean up the contact between the CPU and the heatsink but I am just too lazy. I will just make sure that the fan is on all of the time and that the CPU doesn’t get fried.

* fingers crossed *