Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fight Spammers!

Here we go again. Every so often, a wiseguy/gal comes along and thinks they can get away with spamming our members. SIGH...

As a company that makes part of its living sending SOLICITED emails, we frown more than most on spamming. One spammer makes everyone look bad. We can't have this. However, we can't do it alone.

We're asking you, our members, to join us in the fight against spam. If you receive even one unsolicited email from someone in your PL account, please forward the mail to us:

We promise to be vigilant, ruthless, and swift in responding to your needs and your account.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Why Do Winners Win?

Every now and then we here at PL find an article that might help us all work better.
All countries love winning, of course. But America, a nation born through victory on the battlefield, has a special relationship with the practice. “When you here, every one of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big-league ballplayers, and the All-American football players,” Gen. George S. Patton once told a gathering of U.S. Army troops in England. “Americans love a winner,” Patton thundered. “Americans will not tolerate a loser.” The next day was June 6, 1944, D-Day, and these were the men who would invade Normandy. We know where that one goes in the win-loss column.
Read the entire Newsweek article here.

Thoughts, as always, are appreciated.

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's Friday!

It's time for the weekend and another episode of PL Mental Health Break...

Manhattanhenge, sometimes called the Manhattan Solstice, happens twice a year. The above video shows the latest occurrence (a half-sun Manhattanhenge). Link via Bits & Pieces.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Virtual Water Coolers

From Big Think...

The Premise:
Where do you find the money, space, and time to enable 15,000 workers across six continents to take one collective coffeebreak? According to Taylor, the next best thing to gathering around a box of Munchkins is meeting up at a "virtual water cooler" - an online network where employees are free to interact as meaninglessly, or purposefully, as they choose.

The Importance:
De-emphasizing hierarchy is more than good PR - it's a way of orienting a company around a vision that is both unified and adaptable. Taylor's advice: “Make sure you have a clear understanding of your values and intent, then use technology to enable that. What the tech wont do is compensate for a lack of strategy."

Read more here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Browser Issues

As computer users, we depend on our machines on a daily basis (whether for work or recreation) so naturally one of the things we dread (with regards to software) is an update. On face value, updates bring with them several improvements—usually addressing feature upgrades and bug fixes. But the flip-side to the coin is that an update can also bring unwanted bugs or even totally omitted features... take the recent Final Cut Pro X release for example, and you'll get the picture.

We may not realize it but the browser is the single most critical piece of software, both from a user and developer standpoint. And in Property Line's case, our core business front-end utilizes the browser as the window to our services. With painstaking effort, we try to cover our bases when developing our website, making sure that every facet works flawlessly on most, if not all, modern browsers released at the moment (and trust us, a new one is spawned practically every minute!).

And so here comes the update issue: Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), a very feature-rich update to be sure, but one that brings several browsing bugs that affect both our users and our business. After thoroughly investigating and testing the bug complaints we received from our Member Services folks following the last IE update, our Tech department has determined that the issues people experience on our web site are attributed to the IE9 browser, rolling back to IE8 or switching to Firefox, Safari or Opera browsers are options to get around this problem, but we have discovered that there's a simpler solution: IE's own Compatibility Feature.

To quote the article from Microsoft's Support Page:
Some websites may not behave as expected in Windows Internet Explorer 8 or in Windows Internet Explorer 9. This problem does not occur in earlier versions of Internet Explorer, and the affected websites continue to be displayed correctly and to work correctly in Windows Internet Explorer 7. For example, you may experience any of the following symptoms in Internet Explorer 8 or in Internet Explorer 9:
  • Menus, images, or text are in the wrong positions on some websites.
  • Some website features do not work.
  • You receive script error messages on some websites.
  • Internet Explorer stops working on some websites.
And the solution was right under our nose:
Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 include a Compatibility View feature that displays websites that were created for older browsers as they were designed to appear with Internet Explorer 7. You can enable Compatibility View in Internet Explorer or on the Web server.
You can follow this link to continue reading more about the Compatibility View.

And there we have it folks, if you are experiencing issues with your browsing experience or work flow on while using Redmond's latest and greatest, just switch on to 'Compatibility View' and things should revert back to the way it was: working.

Our Member Services people are always eager to help, so please do not hesitate to drop us a line if you have questions or if you have suggestions on how we can improve your CRE business. After all, the customers are the reason we're all here.