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Switch can change that file to any kind you want. I know cause

Posted By: change them to different types of voice files all on 2008-01-08
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I have two platforms on mine. I just have to change foot pedals when I switch from one to the other.

May be set on incorrect file setting? type of file??
If you are using, for instance, Express Scribe to listen/transcribe, there are about 10 or so types of setting for the file you use, wav, mp3 etc.  If so, go to the top of screen, look for setting. I just click all of them. 
The file to save is the SPF file.
Nothing will change unless we make it change..SM
As long as we accept the exploitation that this MT profession has reduced us to, it will keep going on.  The top of this is the outsourcing.... well, get your legislators involved....better yet, the MEDIA.  How many patients know their private medical information is being outsourced to halfway around the world? The squeeky wheel gets the grease.  Do the patients know that their info won't be sold by some unscrupulous MT (halfway around the globe) to insurance companies, etc., making all this Medical records privacy a joke. It's not just our T-shirts being made in other countries; it's our most personal, private medical information, of which the public is not being made aware of.  Not to speak of undercutting out profession to the bare bone.  Granted, most US MTs are willing to work below market wage just to have a job, especially in economically-deprived areas, where outside jobs are scarce, and kids need to be fed and mortgages need to be paid.  MTSOs know this.  I'll bet they'll be the first to lobby against any action against outsourcing.  (Wouldn't you be...if you got people to work for pennies while you're raking in the big $$$'s ?  Still, notwithstanding the outsourcing problem, we're still going along with all the BS...working for pennies, whatever the client wants, he gets... ever notice how all of the MTSO flak seems to be re. unpaid work...mostly, demographic issues we're not even paid for... bec. It has to be done.. Part of the job... The client put the wrong info but we have to correct it...all unpaid work.  Just give me a job with nothing but straight transcription, w/o the unpaid/demo. flak..I'll take it even at the present, absurd pennies-per-line state of the profession.
do they switch your
account once you become really good on it?  I was not sure if that is infamous for all companies or just MQ.  Thanks!
Yes, you can use a KVM switch.
So why don't you switch to VR? Don't
Yes, if don't switch to EMR, will pay
And they wonder why we switch

I am so frustrated with companies pretending to be wonderful and have tons of work and then once you start working for them they are a joke and you can't any money.  Where are the good reliable companies anyway?   

A .wma file is sm
Windows media player and so far as I know, you can't play it with anything other than that. I know that ExpresScribe doesn't play those either.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings. I know you would not be testing unless you needed a job and it would be really nice if companies understood that we don't have time to futz endlessly with these things!
you can't file unless sm
you've been officially laid off by your employer... if you are employee status that is
The BBB has a file on them
as thick as the Manhattan telephone directory.
Here is the file I saw on the FTP..

Did anyone else get this file when they logged on to the FTP?  Titled Really..

Hon', you really need to get your issues straightened out with respect to giving out the correct usernames/passwords (I've seen two different sets so far), then making sure the promised files are actually there (I'm seeing nothing but empty directory(ies) here).

Sounds like a headache from the get-go for any potential MTs to take on.  (...and, please, get something more professional that toocuteembroidery)


Get a KVM switch and you can tie your computers together with (sm)

one keyboard, one monitor and one mouse.  Try Circuit City they have them.  Good luck.

Bonus for switch from SE to FT
You would not quality, only for new-hires only. Even though you are SE you still "work" for MQ and are not new to them.
Bait and switch
Was hired for a gross line account (this was put in writing), and then shortly after hiring was switched to a regular line account. When I did the math, I found I was losing. I contacted them, showed them the math, and the response was unfriendly, to say the least. When I was there, the QA staff were the absolute rudest I've ever encountered, also (and I work in QA now).

Unless they did some major housecleaning of their nasty QA staff and quit their bait-and-switch gross line tactics, I would stay away from this company.
They must bait and switch because...
Their ad says pay is 8-10 cpl for straight typing and 4-5 cpl for editing which is pretty normal for Escription, but as I stated above, you could get paid 15 cpl but if your not really getting paid, then it means nothing. I hope no one goes to work for and supports companies who do not pay their employees. What a disgrace. I am pretty sure the owner and/or managers are not going without pay.
Switch and bait????
You do not have to have WP5.1 to work for WRU, you just have to know how to convert files from Word Perfect.  I do not switch and bait anything.  It is straightforward, and you have to know what you are doing to understand it.  It isn't difficult when you understand directions.
The OLD me would switch too fast
the NEW me (still old) would rather fight than switch. NOW if you can remember THAT commercial you are dating yourself!! LOL

If I have a job I like doing that comes close to being a good fit, or better, and they pay on time, don't over-hassle or over-ignore, I'm willing to to deal with *a fair amount* of irritating demands.

I'm sure they have a financial/legal interest in making this change, but if you can live with it... :)
Bait and switch

Has anyone else noticed that MTs are being hired and promised, say 100% radiology, then suddenly radiology isn't ready yet so they need you to do acute care (which you *can* do but not so well).  And then you never really ever do get moved to the promised specialty?

Or been hired for a new account coming on that never seems to materialize and then you are one among 30 new MTs sharing the work that the prior MTs were covering just fine, so NO ONE is getting a livable wage?

I think bait and switch has become the new incentive for recruiters.  Promise them anything, give them nothing like it.  And they wonder why people want OUT of MT!

KVM switch and Spheris...........

Are you allowed to use a KVM switch with Spheris?  I really don't want to set up 2 desks, but I will.  I know using the router is okay, but I don't see anything in the manual about using a KVM switch. 

Thanks for any info.

Bait and switch
I have to agree with the other poster who said no matter what you are offered now, it will change and not to your advantage. That's how they lure you in. And yes, they do a huge amount of offshoring.

Here's the scenario:  A company posts here at mtstars that help is needed immediately for a daytime account with no set hours, paying higher than most.  I submit my resume.  About 2 weeks later, I receive testing materials via email, which I complete and return within 24 hours.  Two weeks after that, I email with a query as to the status of my application.  Yet another 2 weeks later, the company responds to my email with we're working on it.  Yet another 2 weeks later, I am offered a phone interview.  I'm wondering what might have happened to that account that needed immediate help?  To prepare for the interview, I go over questions and answers in my mind, and wonder what to say when I am told that the previous position is filled or whatever.  Am I totally out of line to ask what took them so long to get back to me?  Or, might I ask if someone else started that position and already resigned and, if so, why?

Am I a fool to continue to communicate any further with this company?


The old bait and switch ....
currently happening at my current company. I can't name the company here because the CEO threatens legal action if we say anything about it. It has always received high praise here and everywhere else but now that they are practically forcing everyone to speech and cutting pay to lower than what was told previously I am moving on as soon as I find another job that pays me what I am quoted. I feel your pain.
Bait and switch, but need this job!!
I tested for a company and jumped through hoops to take their many tests.  I had to take a 3 hour grammar, spelling, verb, etc test.  Then, I had to take a transcription test and then interview with the owner, manager and team lead.  I got the call yesterday with an employment offer, in which I accepted.  Then, when I received my offer via email this morning, it stated that per our discussion, your account will be all ESLs.  I am mortified.  All ESLs were never discussed and I accepted verbally.  I am scared to death because I really need this job.  Should I keep looking?
Hounded to switch to VR, in what way?...NM
Hounding in what way? 
I have one of those KVM switches to switch SM
between my personal computer and my WMX PC. This way I can share one monitor and one keyboard. If I need to do anything personal on the computer, I flip over to my personal PC. I know that doesn't answer your question about whether they are monitoring, but I would venture to say that they can watch anytime they feel the need. I never wanted to find out! LOL
bait and switch on QAs
Your post really hit me. I am an experienced QA Editor and have had the EXACT same experience. My resume is on here for specifically QA work and they still call me and stall before telling me they really want an MT. I was even hired once for a postion that didnt exist! I am about ready to get out of this business. There is a lot of dishonesty and abuse in it.
Actually, if I ever lost this job and had to switch
companies, I'd have to take a cut in pay according to what I've been seeing, so I'd be well below cost of living increases... It's the nature of this crazy MT business. Work harder, faster, know more, get more experience, and make less and less and less as the years go on, while the prices of everything keep going up...
sure, teh switch to EMR will be gradually,
step by step, not from today to tomorrow, the question is:
How long ago did the change to EMR start? This differs from hospital to hospital and client to client.

Some will never want to switch, but in case EMR is a success, it will be cheaper, but it depends if the clients are ready to make the initial, rather expensive investment for EMR.
What position did you switch to?
Everything you said in your post are my sentiments exactly.  I don't think this field will ever go back to what it used to be and I'm done waiting around for it.  I work every weekend, have gotten only a 1/4 cent increase in 4 years (which I had to beg for) and I'm on from morning till late night with nothing to show for it.  VR was basically just the straw that broke the camel's back.  I just can't make a decent salary or lead a normal life doing this work. Haven't worked out of the house in 10 years and now I feel like I'm being forced to because this industry has gone down the tubes.
Hospital wants me to do VR when they switch - sm
I work as an IC for a hospital. They are going to VR. They wanted to know how much I would charge and I told them the same as I'm making now unless it is too cumbersome in which case I will charge more. I figured they would turn me down. Actually, they said ok! Shazaam!
VR CAN be worth the switch sm
I do a combo for TT of VR and traditional. I have been at the speech for about 5 weeks and I just made out my invoice. I have quite a bit of traditional work because of the account I am on, but I also have quite a bit of speech when that is gone. This invoice is DOUBLE what I invoiced for about 6 weeks ago, prior to the VR/typing combination and was for just straight typing.

I do about an equal number of lines of both traditional and speech...but it takes me 5 hours to get my minimum traditional lines and the other 3 hours of my shift to do the same number of lines speech. End result? More money, less fatigue, more joy in life, no more second MT job.

Three seems low, but TT pays less for Escription because it is a better program. It is SUPPOSED to be good.
WC is for employees. An IC cannot file
a work comp claim.
You can file a complaint with the
distrinct attorney in the city in which they are located and this should put an end to this nonsense.  Rubber checks are illegal all over the country.  Then file a case in small claim court and include ALL expenses you incurred from late charges, etc., as a result of this check 
I don't keep resumes on file, so...
I often get people who send their resume in multiple times in response to different job postings. That being said, if the applicant doesn't have the qualifications listed in the ad, their resume goes straight to the recycle bin without a response.
need a Schedule C to file that on....sm

If they didn't take out taxes and you earned more than $600, you would fill out a Schedule C.  If they took out taxes or if you worked for others who did take out taxes, they'd give you a W2-W4 and you'd fill out a 1040 or 1040A.

HTH (hope that helps)

How do you file a complaint in CA?
Who would you file a complaint with if the company who is not paying is in California? The California Labor Board, Attorney General's office, and Better Business Bureau?
file a complaint with the
Better Business Bureau in your area as well as the area the owner of the MT company lives.  This does not take but a few minutes of your time.  Consider calling the police to ask what can do?  It is illegal to bounce checks........ Good luck!
Save the file...
To say they belonged to MQ would be like saying you can't take your phone numbers out of your cell phone if you decide to change services - or save your bookmarks in IE and use them in Firefox.
When do you file for unemployment?

My job has not had any work for 2 weeks now.  If there is no work, can you file unemployment?  Or do I wait until they let me go and then file?



Wav file problems
I would first try rebooting your computer to see if that solves the problem. Sometimes it is a simple reboot to fix things. I would then try to play them again and if they still don't work then see if they work in another sound program like Windows Media Player or RealPlayer. What wav player are you using?
I have the file names...
... on my computer. Your mileage may vary. Here are mine:

C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataDocQscribeMQ1CacheUser Profiles994888324013user.aco


C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataDocQscribeMQ1CacheUser Profiles994888324013userdic.tlx

If I'm not mistaken, user.aco is your expansion file, and userdic.tlx includes any entries you may have added to the dictionary during spell-check.

So if you search your entire hard drive for files named user.aco and userdic.tlx, you should be able to see where they are hiding in both installations of DQS, and you can copy the larger files (the one with all your expansions and dictionary entries in them) to the locations where the smaller files reside.

Clear as mud?
test file.....
You need to save it to your desktop or somewhere and then open it using YOUR file player, whatever that might be, Express Scribe or whatever. Right click on the saved file and look for open with
If you file a form with the IRS
as an IC and think you should be classified as an employee, and they determine you have been an employee, are there tax/penalty obligations for the IC?
KVM switch is used to connect 2 computers....sm
your home computer and the computer from a company so that you can use use 1 keyboard and 1 monitor.
So if you are SE and switch to PT or FT, do you get the sign on bonus?
You'd be surprised. You can switch careers.
No longer doing MT and loving it!
Does Webmedx switch you on accounts a lot? Thanks. nm
Does Webmedx switch accounts?
Not only do they switch you on accounts, the accounts they start you on are so absolutely, horribly bad -- ESL docs in masses and very, very hard to transcribe - that taking the gas pipe seems a much gentler form of agony! $$$ are not to found with Webheadaches!
the old "bait and switch", describes
the four nationals I have the misfortune to work for!  Didn't know any other kind was out there!