re: Poker & Playing 2, 3, or 4 tables vs. one
I find that I perform much better when playing 4 tables as compaired to just one or two. I've maintained a winrate of around 24BB/100h at the .01/.02, 15BB/100h at the .02/.05, and just moved up to the $25 NLHEFR games. Win rate tanked down to 8BB/100h after an ice cold run and one poor decision last night, but that's easy to do when I just hit 1000 hands at the level. When playing 1 or 2 tables those rates were all halved. And the decimation of my $25 winrate was due to being stuck on only one table for an inordinatly long time. I find that finding a video to watch in one corner while playing 4 is optimal for my play. Or, when I can't find anything good to watch six tables makes a negligible drop in winrate.
As for fitting windows in, if you are using a PC right click your desktop and go to properties, settings tab, and crank your screen resolution to the max your computer will take. At 1024x768 you can get 3 smallest size windows across the top with your hands unobstructed on all three, and stick one on the bottom leaving a quarter of your screen for other things. Also if you have a laptop you almost certainly can output to a second monitor where you can keep all your non-poker table items.