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Make sure you haven't changed a setting by accident.

Posted By: sm on 2008-01-24
In Reply to: Ok, simple things now for Dell printer small print - Printer problem

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Make sure that the Properties haven't been changed.

Open the document that you want to print, choose Print from the File menu and then select Properties. Click on the Layout tab and make sure that you're printing one page per sheet.


accident
Oh my goodness! I can imagine I would feel really angry and relieved all at the same time. But you know what? Thank heavens you were okay. You probably saved that baby's life (today or in the future) and who knows else she could have randomly run over (today or in the future). Such a dumb and careless thing to do--and with a baby in the car!!! Not to mention, don't these people see people being killed by drunk drivers all the time! All over a drink. Makes me madder than you know what!
My very first cat got out by accident
and we live in the country, but the house is right next to the road.  She came back a couple of times to eat, but wouldn't come back in the house and wouldn't let us near her.  She lasted 2 days before she got hit.  I felt horrible.   I am much more vigilant now.
no accident
"But blaming one little organization for the Information Age with its communications revolution, the political ascendency and internationalization of business, and the healthcare funding and insurance crises is like blaming a leaf for blowing in the wind."

I don't think this is an accurate analogy. They did not just passively benefit from the information age or globalization. They actively pursued Indian markets for certification ("Indian Pricing" - see previous posts) & created offshore certification sites with Prometrics, when the only possible effect this could have on American MTs is a negative one. This is all being couched in a lot of doublespeak about how this will benefit American MTs in the long run because of our collective & overriding concern for the integrity of healthcare documents, & somehow this is all supposed to translate into more money for us, when in fact it's doing the exact opposite. Now their bottom line stands to benefit hugely from MTIA's endorsement of mandatory certification, & with what can only be described as a smear campaign against anyone who is not certified, intimating in their own correspondence (also previously posted) that anyone who does not hold the CMT certification is a nightgown- & muff muff-wearing, uneducated, unprofessional slacker sitting at the dining room table typing on an unsecured computer & in whose hands AHDI's medical documents would feel less secure than in the hands of someone in Pakistan.

Give me a small break.

They are not "one little organization," they are pretty much the only one (that may change soon), & I don't think it's a stretch to think that what they are committing is illegal, or at least it will be if they seriously interfere with my ability to earn a living.

So no. My impression is that this was no accident. To call a spade a spade may seem like a low level of discourse to you, but considering how many MTs are still unaware of their nefarious deeds, I'd say this kind of conversation still has to take place. If you want to start a thread that contains something you consider more 'elevated,' by all means, go for it. Every little bit helps. But please, keep the dissing to a minimum. We are all in this together.
Quite by accident

I started working in a hospital at age 14, assisting in the dietary department and washing dishes in a 40 bed hospital!  Guess I did a good job because when I was 16 I was promoted to nurse's aid's aid, which meant I got to learn to take vital signs, carry water, juice ect to patients and above all empty bed pans.  I was also often put on "loan" to other departments.  From there to ward secretary, to the business office and moved to medical records when their MT quit.  Minimum wage for all of the above.  Married, moved to Phoenix after 9 months working as an MT and was afraid I couldn't get a job with that little experience because by then I knew MT-ing was no walk in the park.  So I hurried up and went to the nearest hospital and was hired on the spot, started to work before I got unpacked.  Moved to Texas (husband transferred) qualified for unemployment and thought I might as well take a paid vacation.  Went to the unemployment office and they had no classification then for MTs.  They tried to classify me as a clerk/typist, I wouldn't hear of it.  Several people were working on trying to classify me.  Finally they went to their boss who obviously thought I was making it up (this was in Port Arthur, TX).  She called the largest area hospital (St. Marys) and asked if they knew what a medical Transcriptionist was.  They told her to send me right over.  All I got from the unemployment office was a referral slip, which I never used.   I took the vacation anyway.  When I felt like going to work, I got out the phone book and called the first hospital listed (Doctor's Hospital in next door Groves, Tx), asked them if they had an opening.  They asked how soon I could come in and again I was hired on the spot.  Again, a small hospital.  There were 2 MTs.  Did all kinds of MR work when there was no dication, like coding and abstracting, etc.  Moved to Houston a couple of years later and by then I had caught the primma donna MT syndrome.  Decided I wanted to be a psychologist, went to college in my spare time, changed my mind and dropped out after a couple of years.  Once I got known in Houston, I got calls nearly every week asking me to come to work. Sometimes they got in a bidding war.  Sometimes I went with another company and sometimes I didn't.  About all you had to do then was ask for a raise and you got it.   At various times paid by line, by page, by 1000 words and maybe some other ways I have forgotten.  The calls came from MTSOs (which were mom and pop operations then), they got my number from other MTs who had moved on from whereever I was working and they gave them my phone number.  I worked at home then too but had to pick up tapes and deliver the transcribed work back.  No strict TAT either, no schedules, no running out of work.  


I recall one very good MT who had a habit of getting arrested for drunk and disorderly.  Who did she call to bail her out?  Yep, the MTSO owner.  He groused about it but he went down and bailed her out every time so she could get back to work.  That's how it was back in the day...............


Thanks for the tip, my agent knows about the accident but - sm
never mentioned in any way if they could help me, which is odd since she is generally very helpful. I call her 3-4 x a year with questions, policy changes (home, jewelry and 2 cars), rates, etc. I have some doctor papers/releases to sign, maybe I will run by her office and talk with her before signing them and get her take on things. Thanks.
I had a car accident with whiplash

Every situation is different but for me, my whiplash was pretty severe & resulted in a herniated disk.


I went to PT which was tremendously helpful (once I saw the right PT that is, the first PT I saw did not help at all.)


They told me to take a muscle relaxer, lots of Advil, and hot/warm moist heat is a must. The one thing different they told me was not to rotate the neck. They told me the worst thing you can do is to tilt your head back, to the front & to the side is OK but tilting your head back at all was a major no-no.


Once your muscles calm down a little, PT is something you may want to look into. I still do my neck exercises to this day and I still find them to be very helpful. (my accident was back in March 2004)


 


Sort of by accident. I had a

secretarial service and got a call from an x-ray tech who wanted to know if I would transcribe her tapes because she didn't have time to do it herself. I knew a little medical terminology, but not much. She would bring me the tapes and come back the next day and sit with me to fill in the blanks, which weren't too many, I might add. That lasted a week. After that, I had most of it down pat. She told me I was good at it and should really take a course in it and become a "real" MT. So I did.


Before my course was done, I got a call from a doctor who needed his transcription done plus from a school for troubled youth to do psych evals on these kids. After my course, I decided to go to the local hospital for a job, was hired, and from there ...picked up more doctor offices....the rest is history.


 


 


OMG! We just had the SAME problem and solved it by accident!!

We live by the ocean, and my husband had bought one of those "canned air horns" you can bring on a boat.  They're like $5 in boat stores or sporting good stores. The poor dog next door is tied out 24/7, and verbalizes his unhappiness, but enough is enough.  We tried everything, including talking nicely like adults with the owners, nada.  We finally called the police, who live nearby and hear it, too! That put the fear of God in the owners for 48 hours, and then yap, yap, yap. About a month ago, by accident my husband blasted the horn in the back yard, and...silence...dead silence...the dog hates it.  Now, I have dogs, too, and they didn't even notice this blast, so it didn't hurt their ears or anything like that! But this yapping beast seems totally astonished by the air horn. We've done it 2 or 3 times since, and now the dog NEVER barks.  He's fine, but apparently knows there is "something" louder than him out there!  We also called the police BEFORE we did it intentionally the next time, and they said it was fine, no laws against canned air horns, and we only blast it for a second.  The dog is at least 1/4 acre away, so not like we're on top of him. It only took a few blasts, but it worked! Give it a try!!


Are you kidding? If this is not the description of accident, I don't know what is

According to your description of accident, this is it!  What could possibly be foreseen about this?  Ther is no way that this is the fault of the parents?  While you certainly can bring a 2-year-old to the hospital, how feasible is it if the labor is anything more than 2 hours?  DUH!  You just CANNOT bring a 2-year-old to the hospital while having another baby.  Obviously, the parents had great confidence in their friends ability to watch their child.  


The person significantly at fault is the driver.  So much so, in fact, that it is illegal to hit somebody and run!!  Please don't give any excuses for the driver.  I had a bird fly into the windshield of my car and it literally shook the car (a minivan), so don't tell me that someone would not feel more than a "board in the road" when running over a 2-year-old!  Give me a break!



Did you by accident hit/click the Pay button twice? That will do that if you are not
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Auto accident - rear -end
we don't think we should give a "recorded" statement to the other car's insurance company.  Advice.
If you think someone getting shot, even by accident, is funny, you need some serious help
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When my sister-in-law was in a car accident in 1992

my husband said they had an ESL in the ER.  He tried several times to explain to the family what had happened. When they continually couldn't understand him, he blurted out, "She's dead!"  My husband has never forgotten that.


 


Did you look in your recycle bin to see if maybe you hit delete by accident...nm
nm.
Just found this board by accident one day
Glad I did at least I am not alone in this mess. I have been doing this for 9 years now with a 2 year break cause I was going nuts. I think I am hitting that point again. I feel like they treat you like crap. And the money used to be good all the sudden it isn't like they are playing with line counts.
You are hitting the Ctl button by accident..sm
happens to me too, until I figured out what I was doing.
Transient Ischaemic Attack (accident)
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If you click a link by accident or on purpose sm
that message can open a trojan on your PC that will access your ebay information.  Happened to me once and some yo-yo hijacked my EBay account and ran up $3000.00 worth of charges in about 2 hours. My account got suspended for suspicious activity and I was notified by EBay of the problem.  Lucky for me, they found out who did it and cancelled all the charges. I had to go to the EBay chat with customer service and repair the damage. Took about an hour.  Now I change my password everytime I get a message that's fake and send everything to spoof@ebay.  It really does help.  So, if you do get a note about suspicious activity, then go to Ebay and see if you can log in.  If not, then the email is from them. 
Task bar. I do this by accident a couple of times a year

and I fix it, but can't figure out what I've done to fix it.


I have my task bar at the bottom of my screen usually, but now it is on the far right and I can't figure out how to get it back on the bottom.  I know you normally click and drag, but I can't get it do down, just side to side.   I even push the down arrow but that doesn't seem to do it either. 


Both. Choice A "can" put you there, but so can a major illness, accident, fire, etc.

with this economy it is harder and harder to work your way out of poverty no matter what the reason for being there is.


There is a setting
to fix that and I can't remember what it is. But I complained about it and our IT guys told me how to fix it. There is something that you have to "allow" to get it to work.
SETTING UP A QA PROGRAM
Need some ideas/suggestions for setting up a very tight QA program. I have no idea where to start with this one. Any help is appreciated.
As an IC you should be setting your OWN rates
And then you inform the clients of the increase--period. You don't "ask" for an increase. That would make you an employee.
I have no idea, but there is a way of setting - sm
in up in WP5.1 so it backs up your work every few minutes, and is saves a back up copy as well. Also if you have to shut down then you just go to your backup folder (you make one up) and there it is under a different name, and you bring that up and resave it and you generally have lost very little work. Email me if you want and I will dig out the instructions on how to set up the backup feature. The problem I have is sometimes I hit something, no idea which 2 keys and I delete my whole report, so the backup feature for me is a lifesaver. Thouhg I have learned the hard way not to save the report after I delete by accident, otherwise the only thing that is in the backup file is a blank file. Luckily I don't make a habit of doing that!
Aha. So it is a setting they could change.
I think they just haven't noticed or haven't had time to do it, but it's good to know it is possible to have it not spellcheck demographics. There is no reason for it since they wouldn't want us to change anything in the demographics.

Thanks.
You are setting yourself up to most likely fail...

if you try to start an MT business right out of school.  Unfortunately, people take the college courses for MT just to find out that most employers do require experience.  There are companies that do hire newbies, but one must have attended an "approved" school.  It's not too late for you though.  I see you as having 3 options:


1. You attend an "approved" MT course/start over with schooling.


2. You apply everywhere, check your newspaper, keep looking.


3. You attempt to start up your own business and learn as you go, although I highly don't recommend this route. 


 


Good luck!


Setting up Lanier LX-219?

I'm at a loss - I cannot find a manual anywere about how to set up my Lanier LX-219 equipment.  I have the terminal block, module and the unit.  two phone plugs on the grey box, one phone plug on the back of the unit.  Does anyone know where I can find a manual on how to set up the equipment? Thanks in advance


I am in our bedroom now, but am setting up - sm
an area in our dining room slowly. Will still work in the BR (I think) during the day; but will move out to the DR when DH wants to go to bed so my typing does not keep him up. That has been a running battle for years and finally bought a new CPU as a backup and now am loading all my programs, etc. which I don't have the time to do of course. Just need to finish doing that and get a new monitor as I am using an ancient one right now that is probably around 12 years old now, huge bugger. If I like it out there more I may work out there during the day too.
Are you setting your own rate?

If so, find out what others in your area are charging. If you think you should be paid more because you're doing pathology, then charge more.


If you're being offered a rate, then do you consider it to be enough? No one else can really answer those questions but you.


Setting up your own accounts

I've been doing some research on here and checking out various links and such regarding setting up my own accounts but am finding myself more confused than ever!   I've noticed some talking about things like mydocsonline, bytescribe, wav player, Olympus, etc., but how exactly do these work?  I'm assuming there is a system in their office or on their end and then I use some sort of system or connect with that to get jobs? How does this all work?


I've been looking into this and trying to understand how it works, as when I recently went to the ENT office they asked if might be looking for some work .  I didn't feel comfortable talking about it in depth because of my lack of understanding.  They are a mid-sized practice with 2 offices and probably less than 10 physicians.  Any info or advice anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to email me also if you'd like.


You probably have your setting defaulted sm
to justify - it's "blocking" your text so it all looks like one neat block.  It removes or adds spacing to spread it just so.  Turn it off and you can eliminate the problem you're having.
setting the tone...
This is meant for e-mail but it is also helpful on message boards too...enjoy:

http://www.ewriteonline.com/index.php?display=ArticleDetails&id=358
Setting up Smartype?
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 I need some expertise... I have VPN for a company on desktop set up, need to create a new entry for another company.. .is that possible?  I have the file in the right folder (PCF or something close to that file) and did the wizard, but it says no valid ID when I know it is... what am I doing wrong?
Beats my clinical setting..
I'm shut off in a 12 X 12 room, hearing loud voices outside my door, file clerks running around hunting charts and griping every minute, nurses flitting about hunting "stuff", the office manager laughing loudly outside my door while she flirts with the doctors, and my WeatherBug is calling for the heat index of 115 for my area!  I'll trade with YOU! 
Setting the record straight

You purchased an IN-155 foot pedal for compatiblility with DVI VoiceWav.  (We have sold nearly 1,000 of these with zero returns.)


When you called our toll free 800 number for support we told you that the problem was not the pedal and was either the software you were using or your computer.  Reluctantly, we agreed to do an exchange for you.  (FYI, when your first pedal came back to us it worked absolutely perfectly and still does.  In fact it is plugged into the same computer I am typing on at this moment.  It has been tested daily since it came back with no problems).


Now, you voice incorrect information on MTStars.  Your problem is in your computer.   


Please feel free to call us yet again if this is not clear to you.


Tom Wilkes


President


Executive Communication Systems


(800) 644-9525, ext. 101


Setting backspace for pedal

I have an older transcriber (DAC Model DA-125) and have had it for quite some time now.  I moved my office over the weekend and had to unplug the machine.  Well, my backspace has reset to practically nothing and I can't find my manual on how to reprogram the backspace.  Is there anyone else out there using this phone and if so, how to do reprogram it for the backspace length?


Thanks so much for your help.


Tabatha in Charleston


Setting up 2 computers with 1 monitor - Need help!

I will be starting a second job next week and need to use that companies computer.  I know I need a syslink router to enable them both to use our cable modem, but I know there is a box you can get so you can use one monitor and turn the dial to switch back and forth between computers.  Anyone know what this is called and where to get it?   Also, is there a way to use only one mouse and keyboard also, or will I have to have 2 keyboards and 2 mice on my desk?  (I have a small desk and am limited on space).  Thanks for all help!!


setting up macros in word

I used to do this about 8-10 years ago, but forgot how to do this.  Please post how to do this.  This is for Word 2002.


Thanks


Need help setting up formatting in MS word - sm
Computer crashed and died and now setting up my backup computer.  I need to fix it so I don't have 2 spaces after a period.  It is doing it automatically and I cannot find where to "fix" this.  This is Word 2000 that I am using on a computer with XP Pro.  Any help with this would be appreciated, it is driving me nuts (I am ending up with 3 spaces after a period as I am so used to spacing it myself).
Setting up icons on desktop
I have a page that I want to appear as an incon. How to do? Thanks.
You can change the setting in Autocorrect...

for automatic numbering to the left margin by:

1) Open MS Word
2) Select Tools
3) Select Autocorrect
4) Click on the tab 'Autoformat as you type"
5) Make sure the box 'Automatic numberer lists' is checked (it's about the 8th box down)
6) Click on okay (otherwise your change wont take)


I hope this is what you meant.


Y'all are right. I am not setting up the boundaries myself! Thanks!
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I found the setting but it is grayed out - sm
and I cannot select it, under Tools, Options, Spelling, says "Hide spellling errors in document". I never selected that and can only presume that IT did that for some freaky reason. How do I access it when it is greyed out and you cannot "unselect" it???
Yes its true. They seem to be setting impossible limits for everyone lately and you have to wonder

if they just want people to quit.


It sounds like a setting in your Norton firewall.
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Setting up a general template will help a bit. Not crazy about DS, either. nm
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you should be setting your rates according to what the market will bear...
not what you feel like getting. If you like the account, you're familiar with it and able to make good money off of it, you might want to stay at the rate you are at. As a service owner, I used to plan to hire at 7 but bring everyone eventually up to 10 cpl by 0.5 increases every six months. I also used to be able to raise the rates from the hospital, clinic or physician office every 2 years. Nowadays if I bid on a new account, I am regularly outbid at 11 cpl, with 24 TAT. I have discussed it with my IC MT's. If they want a raise, I can try to negotiate a raise from the hospital...but it jeopardizes our account. Every time you raise your rates, it's a signal for them to start shopping around. So I would say, based on what the market will bear, don't expect to be getting raises. Ever.
Is there a way to change the default setting in Word - sm

for line numbering?  It keeps indenting 1-2-3,etc. to the first tab and I need the numbers along the left margin.  I went to <format>, <bullets and numbering>, <customize>, and changed the number position and alignment, and it lines everything up on the left margin. 


However, if I have another numbered section in the report, it goes back to the default setting, indenting to the first tab. 


Is there a way to change the default, or do I have to go through these steps for each numbered list? 


Thanks!


You turned off the white space setting. sm
First switch to page layout view, then go to the Tools menu, Options, then check the setting for white space between pages. You can turn this off real easy if you happen to click your mouse near the top of the page.