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Posted By: I'm curious and bored (workingLOL) NM on 2005-09-27
In Reply to: Wallpaper, gotta vent. - SM


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Surface of Mars with the moon on the left.
And what is today's wallpaper?
For today's eye candy I have a lovely sandy beach with turquoise water. I need to get off the beach theme thingy but I like to sneak a peak in the middle of working and mumbling doctors and stuff - then its back to the salt mines!
What's your computer wallpaper today?
Mine is a tropical island with lovely blue ocean and sailboat - total bliss.
same wallpaper as last time you asked
mq logo, aqua background
Wallpaper, gotta vent.
We just moved into our newly bought house last month and thankfully there was only 1 room with wallpaper in it, a bathroom.  This stuff was put up 19 years ago when the house was built, so it was put in BEFORE the medicines chest, toilet, lights, etc.  Why is somebody else's wallpaper always so gawd-awful?  It's never anything you can live with.  So there I stand night after night ripping and pulling and spraying with DIF trying to get this mess down.  Then, to top it all off, it's leaving a rubber glue residue on the wall that isn't even noticeable until you roll your paint over top of it.  Then it starts curling up.  WHY DO PEOPLE WALLPAPER BATHROOMS?  It will be so nice when I'm done, redoing the bathroom in a lighthouse theme, but I may lose my marbles before I get it done. 
Sorry - please indulge me once more - one more groovy wallpaper...
I love my Wallpaper Calendar

Link below. You can make it semi-transparent so that you can have a nice wallpaper background. It is ALWAYS there and you can set it to show as many as 9 weeks at a time.

They have a free 30-day trial and after that it costs $30, but I think it's worth every penny.

Thank goodness we didn't have wallpaper in our house.
The person who lived here before us had a thing for pastel colors and paneling, though.  The living room was blue, master bedroom purple, 1st bedroom pink, 2nd bedroom lavender, kitchen peach, laundry room yellow, and bathroom gray.  The carpets and curtains were all different colors to match, too.  We lived with the ugly paneling in the living room for years before deciding to rip it down and put up sheetrock.  We were pleasantly surprised to find a perfect sheetrocked wall behind the paneling.
Just one more wallpaper - 1969 Abbey Road

Another far out pic!


HOW is it different? Please describe. nm
Describe your workspace!

Big desk, small desk, filing cabinets, books on shelf, books in drawers?


Organizational tips?

What you describe is not unique to MT

I've worked in manufacturing (production control & customer service) for many years and realized that EVERY company, EVERY manager can do a better job at motivating and communicating with their employees. However, many managers do not know what to do or how to. They have their own managerial style and they “apply” that to everyone they supervise. A good manager will figure out each person working for them and determine what novitiates that person. Some like to be praised in public. Others want a private encouraging word. Each person is different and has different expectations. The grass is not always greener on the other side. I’ve learned that too many times in my career! BTW, I am considering enrolling in an MT course and read this board and others for information to help make my decision. This was a topic I just HAD to chime in on because this is true of ALL companies… Wal-Mart, GE, Walgreen’s, Ford, Kroger etc. Looking at the big picture, doesn’t it all boil down to how good are you at relationships and making them work?????

thanks for helping to describe
what I cannot - and Jim is the guy that I talked to, also.  I wanted to jump through the phone and kiss him when I finally found one to replace my old one.  I am so glad someone knows what I am talking about.
The way you describe your situation ...

is just as if you had a crystal ball and were describing mine.  I can't see where it's possible at all any more to make a decent living in this profession without working yourself to a frazzle ... and it's only going to get worse. 

I love this type of work, but I can no longer sit by and make little better than minimum wage chained to this computer for hours on end after having paid my dues with over 20 years of experience. 

There's just got to be a better way ...

Describe your workstation!
Hi, All,

I thought it would be fun to describe workstations. I get extremely bored with work sometimes. At various times in my career I've had different ways to combat this--once my office area (bedroom) looked out on beautiful woods. At another time I had a small TV on my desk which was usually tuned to QVC (usually muted) during work (that was a deadly habit that had to go!). Yesterday I bought a 2-1/2-gallon fish tank and have had fun filling it with gravel, plastic plants, a bridge and two creatures--a male betta fish and a golden apple snail. During the workday it's nice to kind of glance over and see what the critters are up to. The drama currently is that the betta is no too keen on having a snail in his tank, even though the pet store reassured me that he wouldn't mind and that there was enough space for the two of them.

As for the rest of my workstation, I keep it pretty clear of clutter. I have a river stone that has JOY carved on it, purchased at a fair trade shop. I have a few fortunes from fortune cookies promising nice things about money. There's a small black-and-white cat figurine that's supposed to be a creative muse. He looks just like my tuxedo cat, so I liked him right away. To the right is a mug that has the Chinese symbol for "fortune;" I've filled this with highlighters. And there's a card holder (a piece of wood with a carved slit in it) that I place inspirational cards in. Usually before work I'll draw a card and place it there. Sometimes I'll glance over and take a look at it. I figure if my mind picks up some good messages subliminally during the day, it's a good thing!

So...please share! What do you have on your desk? Pictures welcome!
I'll describe the packaging for you (sm)
These are just little no-frills ear buds (black). The packaging is about the size of a soda can and is primarily yellow and red with black lettering and says "Stereo Ear Buds" on the front. The Maxell brand is listed on the back.
but if the same scenario you describe existed 30 years ago, you would not know because
Unfortunately, the situation you describe is TRUE IC status.

Did you commit to working xx lines per day or accepting xx minutes of dictation each day? If so, it's not the company's problem if your daily routine changes and you have to work hours that are not convenient to you. A true IC gets the work done in a timely manner, no excuses. Your vent is exactly what gives WAH such a bad rap.

Could you share a link? I looked there and didn't see what you describe.
Contact Start/Stop at their website and describe your pedal and ask them. They were very helpful
Cumbersome is a good word here to describe Meditech. The designer obviously doesn't type.
Describe your dream job in one sentence. (anything goes; it's a dream job.)

My dream job would be straight transcribing half oncology and half psychiatry on a flexible schedule Monday through Friday as a statutory employee for a reputable company with decent dictators at 11 cents per line (a fair living wage for 17 years' experience), first shift.


the reason you (and I) don't get it is sm
probably cause it is a gross exaggeration of their production.  No one could produce that much, unless they kept their fingers glued to the keyboard. I'm sorry, it's just not possible.  Don't beat yourself up because of other people.  Be proud of who you are and what you do! 
For some reason if you have a different
opinion than the people reading your post, they tend to grow fangs and sharp fingernails and tear you up. I don't understand this as we all have the right to our opinion. We need to work on a solution to resolve this issue not attack one another. We don't know what kind of situation the other posters are in and they don't know what position we are in. Just because one person has a wonderful experience with MQ and DQS does not make the person posting a bad experience with MQ and DQS a liar. It simply means that you are in different situations.
The reason for that is straightforward:  the owner of the other website is very pro-offshore MT transcription and apparently is in cahouts with the MQ execs up to her eyeballs.   Nothing wrong with, nothing illegal, all very straight up, but all very you scratch my back and i'll scratch yours.  They LIKE each other, and the other website simply will not tolerate any negative MQ comments.  And here?  Well, the truth is allowed to be aired out.  Thank you MT Stars for having the cahoonas! 
The reason is for ME's 20% pay cut
They underbid on jobs, telling the client if they use the ASR system they will pay 2 cents less per line, telling them it is such a fast system they can do this. That is not the way it worked out. We are not producing more with it. Expansions were just as good, if not better is some cases and now they have to take the money out of our pockets. (It is on the archives here if you read back through as well.)
There was a reason behind this

As was mentioned, they are not actively seeking offshore.  However, in order to keep this very large account (and it is large), they had to use some offshore labor.  You know, I don't love it either.  However, all of the MTs on this account could have just been out of work.  So, now a little of it goes offshore, and the US MTs still have their account and their work. It's not great. It's not the ideal.  But, at least we are still working.

You know the reason--
Because some idiot did it and they got sued. When I worked at a hospital years ago, it was July in Phoenix and the temperature was well over 110. We had a guy bring his daughter into the ER with burns on her legs because she went down an outside metal slide at McDonald's and got burns on her legs. His excuse was-- Well, there was no sign on the slide saying it was hot. People are just plain stupid any more.
The reason you don't see many men
in this profession is because they are unwilling to take _____ and they are also unwilling to work so hard for so little pay. I would not recommend this job to anyone just starting out, because I believe it is a dying industry. We are already seeing that now with VR, etc.
One reason why (sm)
Actually, it depends on how the company connects to the internet. At my company we cannot hire any with satellite because we use an IP Sec VPN with our platform (ExText) and there are latency (slowness) issues. If you found a company that uses SSL VPN you would be okay. Here is an article that explains it in a little more technical terms. http://forum.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/34579/127542.html

One I like for some reason
"Don't let the screen door hit ya on the way out!"
Perhaps the reason they are
hospitalized is due to a childhood type illness that is better dealt with by a pediatrician.
Reason I'm asking is
I have a friend who uses EXText and says lines seem harder to get with EXText than with other programs.  I just interviewed with a company that uses it, and I'm wondering if anyone else has trouble getting lines with this program.
This is another reason why I'm
exploring other career options. Although I've had some bad office experiences I don't think that the constant isolation is good. I agree with the suggestions to get out of the house and away from the computer.
The reason for this...
Many insurance companies are now requiring owners to sign a statement saying they will not knowingly hire anyone who has been convicted of a felony. That's why I believe we are seeing more background checks. Just the nature of the business.
run! run far away! If there was ever a reason for VR, this is IT.
And the reason for that is
not that they believe he is the worst.  In fact, if you actually look at the site, you will see they are backing him because their whole goal is to "stick it" to AI, Simon, the producers, etc.  They are backing Taylor because he is good, he's different, and he's definitely not the manufactured pop star that AI wants.  They so don't know what to do with Taylor, just like they didn't know what to do with Clay.   I'm sure they would love to have Kat in there because it's easy to market another California diva with the same kind of voice that you hear on the radio every day.  Her attitude isn't exactly "idol" material, but then again, I'm sure it's commonplace out there so she'll fit right in.  I would have loved to see two polite southern gentleman in the finals.  So VFTW is backing Taylor to give a "take that" to AI, and I hope they are successful.  I joined the Soul Patrol way back...right after the auditions...and I would love nothing better than to see Taylor make it all the way and welcome any help we can get.
Here's one reason
I didn't know it meant "no message". I just saw it used a lot, so I used it, thinking it was for anyone who didn't want to make up a nickname.

Would the reason you think he
sounds dumb be because of his accent? He's southern. He can't help it. But he is certainly not dumb.
Oh, the other reason is
when she e-mailed me about losing that account, she asked if I had any experience in another specialty, which I had very little of and told her so, and I have not heard back from her.
They do this for a reason. sm
The reason they give you a test that has bad audio or is otherwise difficult is because they want to see how you will handle the situation. On the job, you WILL encounter reports which have bad audio or spots that you cannot understand. It is just a simple fact of life in this field. They need to know what you will do when confronted with this situation. Will you try to gloss over your blanks and guess, or will you flag appropriately? I have worked in QA, and you would be amazed at the number of "transcriptionists" out there who will fill in whatever nonsense sounds close rather than flagging a spot appropriately. It's actually very scary. These companies just want to see if you know how to correctly handle dictation which is unintelligible. They aren't trying to make a mockery of the profession.

well one reason could be
for example, a heart condition runs in my friend's family (the condition that sometimes causes athletes to suddenly drop dead for no apparent reason) and her doctor told her that all her children should be tested because it was a 50/50 chance they would have it too. So I would imagine if her kids were still in school it might benefit the school to know this, especially if the child was involved with sports. Perhaps knowing this the school might invest in a defibrillator.

I don't know if that is the reason they ask about family history but we don't really know why they ask for it so I would probably find out why they needed that information before I either gave it out or assumed they couldn't possibly need it.

I was a little surprised at this response- It didn't sound to me like Pattie was ignoring other people's opinions, just stating her own. I certainly don't think she was trying to offend anyone. Lighten up a little. :)
Any particular reason?
The reason
I 'viewed' is because I'm thinking of making the switch over to editor, and wanted more information.  Hopefully, more will respond.  It's anomymous after all.
For some reason I think of CSI but that would be
pathology or Medical Examiner transcription.
BTW: Does anyone ever notice that doc who does the autopsies on CSI LV mispronounces when he is dictating? It drives me nuts. Makes me want to apply for a consultant job on the set. LOL.
I wonder if this is another reason...

for getting out of the hospital setting. Out of curiosity ,  I just looked to see what kind of MT positions are at my local med center. They have a part-time position transcribing for Radiology 4 hours a night , MWF. They expect :

 1-2 years of progressively advanced radiology transcription experience in health care setting (hospital, clinic, etc.)  Professional experience to include ability for extensive research and staying up to date in radiology procedures and equipments.  Producation Expectation: 50-70 reports per day (after 1-2 MO orientation) 75-100 reports per day (after 3-5 months of orientation).  Preferred: CMT

That's 12-25 reports / hour! Now , I don't know how long radiology reports are (I haven't even started my MT course yet) but does that seem like a reasonable / doable production number for radiology reports?


The reason I am asking is because I
am an IC for a client, who does not telecommute.  I need a way to make up some of the driving time picking up tapes and returning completed dictation.  In researching, I came across the Express Scribe and wondered if there is anyone else out there who uses it to convert the microcasettes to text.  If there is anyone, who could give some insight or advice about this, I would greatly appreciate it!
The reason is...sm
I thought all transcriptionists used spellcheck. It is to assure that if you overlook a word then it will highlight it so you know that you misspelled it. It is easy to accidentally put 2 letters or something like that. With spellcheck I am assured nothing has been overlooked.
I have never transcribed without a spellcheck. Out of habit, I am so used to it I don't feel right not using it. It saves so much time also. With my software it will highlight and if it is a word you aren't sure the correct spelling of it give the suggestions and saves me the time of having to look it up. It is just something I have always used and don't feel right not having it.
All the more reason for us to have it right. NM

I think the reason...
you like it is because your demographics are already filled in. I worked on it for a short time where the account demographics were not filled in at all...definitely a nightmare.
The Reason.
I was accepted to work for her.  She is very nice.  The main problem is that when you start, you get sent a "ton" of paperwork about how to do the job.  I don't remember exactly how many pages you end up getting, but it seems as though it was over 100 pages of information to absorb/learn.  It is wayyyyyyyy overwhelming and extremely hard to ever remember all that "stuff."  Plus, "tons" of macros to learn also.  Her set up is extremely cumbersome.  I don't know how anyone could ever remember all of it.  I ended up resigining the next day or two after hire and ended up getting a "regular" opthalmology transcription job elsewhere, shortly thereafter.