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Wal-Mart has a flexible keyboard for about $18

Posted By: Fingers2TheBone on 2006-07-25
In Reply to: Keyboard with an extra soft touch? - worn out MT

I do not have one yet, but would like to try out the flexible keyboard. The picture shows the keyboard being rolled up like a rubber mat. That's what it looks like a rubber mat with all the keyboard keys on it. The keys look like the soft keys of a calculator.

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Flexible keyboard

Would anyone be interested in sharing their opinions or experience with a flexible keyboard.  I saw one in a discount food store, a place called Aldis, and it was about 14, 15 bucks. 

It looked interesting; however, I am so used to punching the keys down (the keys and board look almost wafer-thin!) so wanted to know if anyone has tried it and if they liked it or not. 

Any input would be appreciated, thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving season to everyone. 

I'm not sure how flexible. When I say
punch in you have to go to their website and go through a log-in when you begin your work and a log out.   They need to stay with TAT time, so even as an IC you need to have scheduled hours, although you set your hours and can have flexibility with those, but once you commit to those hours there isn't a lot of flexibility in them.  
Sure you can. I did it with 2. I have a flexible
job with 24-hour TAT and I worked bits here and there around my children's needs.  It wasn't a piece of cake all the time, I got frustrated, was tired at times, but I had to work and was not willing to put my children in daycare full-time.  When they were about 3 I put them in a mother's time out program for 15 hours a week to give me time to run errands, take a nap, work, or whatever.  
Being flexible is a must...

and it is not your employer's problem that you need to take care of your kid.  This attitude is the exact reason why MTs are not respected.  People do get sick on nights, weekends, and holidays.  You should have considered that when you decided to become an MT.  It's a 24/7 job.

Being flexible is a must...

and it is not your employer's problem that you need to take care of your kid.  This attitude is the exact reason why MTs are not respected.  People do get sick on nights, weekends, and holidays.  You should have considered that when you decided to become an MT.  It's a 24/7 job.

Yes, Transcend is very flexible. - sm
You can pretty much choose the schedule you want to work, but then have to consistently work the schedule you chose instead of jumping around during the day. This works better for everyone involved because then it's easier for the managers to find coverage for accounts. If you just work whenever you want as long as you get your hours in, you're taking work from people regularly scheduled during those hours you don't normally work.  The work week goes from Sun. to Thurs. or Tues. to Sat. Yes, they do pay shift differential. 
Flexible work
I know of www.rapidtranscript.com that is looking for additional folks.
9-5 vs. flexible hours sm
You didn't state if you were going to be an EMPLOYEE or an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR. A company can tell an employee what their set schedule will be; typically 9-5 (or 8:30-5 with a 1/2-hour lunch at noon) etc. BUT a company CANNOT tell a contractor what hours to work; they can only negotiate what work you will be given, NOT how you accomplish that work. Lots of companies try to get away with the tax/financial advantages of using "contractors" and then treating them like "employees." Rare companies will allow their employees to flex their schedules to fit their personal life...So, ask yourself, Who's The Boss? Them? or You? Hope that helps...

Flexible hours. nm
Flexible hours
If anyone knows of any jobs that offer 24-hour TAT please pass on!  I used to have flexible hours as an IC just two years ago.  What happened?  That was the entire reason I went into this field!
flexible hours
Thanks for the input..
Flexible is my middle name! nm
And are flexible enough to be able to lick
Here is the brando flexible...
Not always...not all companies are flexible with schedules!
I understand how you feel but try being flexible

or go to a different company.  I'll be the first one to admit I am an employee and rarely work my schedule.  It is NOT a problem with management, in fact it is a plus.  Why?  Because when the work runs out, I have two other hospitals to back me up.  If they are low, I log out, do my laundry, run my errands and sign back in after dinner when the work has built up again and there isn't anyone willing to work those hours.  I log in  on the weekends as I often get notes from my account supe advising everyone who is scheduled to work but are NOT working how behind the account is.  My committment is to my accounts because if I take care of my accounts, those accounts take care of my employer and when that happens, my employer takes care of me.  Patients don't always need treatment and/or dictation is not always done when you are scheduled to work.  This is the nature of the beast and being miserable is no way to deal with it. 

Over the last 10+ years, this attitude has been rewarded many times over by being a very valued employee and have appreciation shown in many ways that have made my life richer, in addition to providing an income that exceeds the average MT.


I love the flexible schedule!
I decided to stick with MT because of the schedule. (Plus, I can make more money in 6 hours of MT than 10 hours at a regular job with commute, lunch, breaks, etc.) DH and I had a long lunch yesterday at my favorite restaurant. I was able to drop off and pick up the kids at school, and be there for their sports practice. This next week is a Thanksgiving feast at the kids' school, so I get to go to that, too. I clean during the day while I'm working, so the house isn't a total pigsty.
the best advice is learn to be flexible and...
give the client what he/she wants, even if it goes against what you were taught. I see a lot of newer MTs who really seem to believe that medical transcription is all black and white when in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

Not every doctor follows the BOS to the letter (some don't even know what that is!) and if an account is verbatim, then that's how you need to transcribe it.

Also, not every doctor wants names replaced with "the patient" - I work for one doc who fills his letters/reports with not only the patient's name, but sometimes names of family and friends of the patient as well. (Many of his patients are very well-known from both the entertainment and sports industries, and this doc loves to drop names at every opportunity!)
yes they are very flexible. They are a great company to work for.
Best job I EVER had!
Correction - They will be flexible with HOURS/days, etc.
...rather than benefits.
You are lucky you worked for a flexible company
You need to be flexible. Nothing stays the same in MT. You do it how the person paying you says to
This is strange. I just discussed a flexible on-call person
for radiology with the owner of Keystrokes, where I have worked for 4 years. We were discussing the feasibility of having someone trained on a few accounts, ready to do "x" number of reports a day without a fixed schedule, floating on a few different accounts.

If anyone is interested, please email the office. You can do so through the ads on the job seekers board.
But if that account is paying your bills, you must negotiate and be flexible. IMO
I know you can only lower a little bit, but to let them know that you are flexible and care about keeping their account may just encourage them to stay with you.  I can't afford to let an account go without just a little negotiation.
I have a flexible schedule, I make decent money, better

than I could make working in an office, even though I haven't had a raise in 5 years and not likely to get one anytime soon.  I homeschool my children, we don't have a 9 to 5 lifestyle, DH doesn't have a 9 to 5 job and it allows him a 3 day weekend so we like to travel.  I am able to work anywhere I can get internet access so we can pickup and go at a moments notice w/o me having to worry about work.

I hate office politics.   I don't have to spend $$ on clothes as I work in jeans or sweats, or can stay in my jammies all day.   We only have 1 car and that works for us now, but wouldn't if I worked outside the home. 

Life is just less stressful not having to get my kids up at 6:00 a.m. to get ready so they can catch the bus by 7:00.   My DC would be getting home at 4:00 or later if they were in school and by the time they did homework and we had dinner it would be time to prepare for bed and we wouldn't have much family time.  By homeschooling my DC have been able to explore their passions, have really developed a love of learning and we have developed a wonderful family bond.  We spend hours every week talking about world events, relationships, etc.   My DC are my #1 reason for working at home.   When they have left the nest I may consider working outside the home, or at least exploring other work-at-home options. 



Have Part Time Flexible Work in the evenings available, have emailed you. nm
I use a MSFT Natural keyboard at home and the laptop keyboard on the road. nm

Flexible schedule and reasonable line rate, at least 11 cpl for acute care!
I am not real "needy". No benefits as IC, just need flexible schedule due to very active family, and expect a good line rate. In return, I will go above and beyond what is expected to meet TAT and quality!

favorite keyboard over the holidays is called "no keyboard"
If you use a standard keyboard you can buy an old IBM model M keyboard on ebay or clickykeyboards.co

That key printing never wear down because the letters are part of the key itself.  They just don't make them that way anymore because it is too expensive to make.  Some of the mechanical keyboards like Cherry have what they double shot key imprinting and the letters are part of the key itself and don't wear off. That IBM keyboard is very noisy from the type of keyswitch it has so you may not like that.  Logitech and Belkin make some membrane switch keyboards that are supposed to have longer lasting key imprints.  I have a logitech that has the longer lasting key imprints and it is pretty good.  You have to look on the specs to find out if has the longer lasting key printing.

I have experimented so much with keyboards and have done a lot of research.  Way too much info.  


I use a laptop with a full-size keyboard (no separate keyboard)
I'm using a lap desk but previously was using a pillow with a book on it under the laptop. No additional keyboard though, I bought one with a full-sized board with regular size keys (an HP) which I LOVE and it took no time at all to get used to it. I also love that when the weather improves, I can take my computer outside and get some fresh air! What a great job... :)
Keyboard and mouse. Is there such a thing as a keyboard that has a mouse on the actual keyboard?

No more Wal-Mart for me
Did you read the article on how they are going to save money by cutting out full time employees for part-timers, going to hire younger people who don't look sick to save on health insurance costs, etc., making the job requirements include a lot more physical activity to exclude the retirees, etc. I refuse to shop there any more. Wait until all the younger ones turn up pregnant, are on drugs or alcohol and don't show up for work because they were out all night partying the night before. I am so sick of the corporate mentality! They don't give a rip about people any more-- just the almighty dollar so they can buy a new yacht every year.

Point Is????  Walmart/Medquist….Sound The Same To Me….lol. It’s Called ‘Corporate America’…..Get Use To It Ladies, It’s Here To Stay And Growing Like A Giant….(Corporate America That Is; And Wal-Mart Also).  I’m Afraid They Are Just Like Every Other Business In America At The Moment. Think It Will Get Better:  Dream On!

 I Don’t Care What Wal-Mart Does. They Can Hire Children And Beat Them With Wet Grape Vines & Feed Them Vinegar And Piss, I Will Still Shop There. At This Day & Time You Have To Go Where You Get The Most For Your Dollar. If I Were To Boycott Everything That I Had A Problem With, I’m Afraid I Wouldn’t Be Able To Buy Gas, Food, Cigarettes (Right & Left-Handed), Liquor For The ‘Social-Functions’ I Must Put On….Or Attend. Oh, also I Wouldn’t Be Able To Finance Anything…Ever.  So In Short, I Must ‘Turn The Other Cheek’ & Suck It Up & In Short I’ll Show The Other Cheek, Through In The Finger From Time To Time And As For Sucking It Up…Use 2 It….No Worries…LOL.


*No Worries



Here in the deep south, our Wal-Mart is definitely cheaper than our grocery stores. Winn-Dixie or Sav-A-Center do not hold a candle when comparing prices and I have done this with receipts. Wal-Mart definitely is cheaper on all products here and even though I do not like the hours it takes me, my pocketbook is better off. Had to shop around because DH is disabled and I need all the help I can get.
My two cents for what it is worth. Wal-Mart (like all other companies) offer insurance benefits to all of their full time employees. They do not offer to part time employees. This is just regular business practice. Also the statement made about selling insurance through Sam's is just a business decision. And people that do not work at Wal-Mart and do not have insurance, can now buy that insurance at a better price.
Get the facts before you post please. I happen to have family members that work at Wal-Mart and they all have insurance but they are full time employees.
Just saw some in Wal*Mart the other day
But that's one aroma that may be hard to capture!
I think the qualifications to work at the Wal-Mart in our town is that you need to have 1 tooth, dirty bra straps hanging down your arm, a tattoo on your neck. That's for the women. It might be different for the men.
shopping at Wal-Mart
Our Wal-Mart Superstore is supposed to be ready by October and it is only 20 blocks from my house.  It has been open for about five years and now they are turning it into a superstore.  Im ready.  I know some of my political friends ask how could I shop there as they dont have benefits for their employees, LOLOLOL, heck, my trans company does not provide me with any benefits either..so, sure I feel the employees pain but I need to provide for my family and that comes first..I cant wait till Wal-Mart Superstore opens, then I can do my grocery and department store shopping all at once while my car is being serviced in their automotive area.
Wal-Mart connection
My nephew has had it for 2 yrs and seems pretty happy with it, even after leaving AOL & MSN, so it seems to be decent.
My dad was a K-mart manager too...
for almost 20 years in the 70's and 80's. He has a four year degree. He is no dummy. Him being a "K-mart manager" afforded us a nice home, nice cars, and my mother was a stay-at-home mom for three kids. Managing and being responsible for a store that big is a lot harder than you think.
Link for Big Box Mart from Jib Jab (see below)

This is quite a chuckle.  Then again, the seriousness of it all isn't that funny.


B4U get a job at Wal-Mart, check this out...


And we thot MQ was the only bad guy!

another Wal-mart hater
Our rural town had a Wal-Mart which ran out all the local business, fabric store, sporting goods store, hardwares, etc. until there was nothing left, got free tax cuts for 20 years then left to build a Super store near by.  I can't stand to go into those huge stores.  It literally takes hours to shop even for a few things and most of the workers are very rude or not around when you need.  I think Sam Walton's heirs got very greedy.  I don't think even Paull Harvey (commentator) advertizes for them anymore. 
Like I said, I already tried K-Mart and Shopko.
I'm not spending 8 hours a day looking at their ugly selections. They could stock something that wasn't made cheaply overseas and looks it. I skipped WalMart. There is nothing in the yellow pages under curtains. The only listings under draperies and window coverings are two miniblind companies and a fabric store. I don't want blinds or heavy industrial drapes, and I don't have the sewing skills or a machine to make my own. All I want is a simple set of curtains with a valance to keep the sun out of my eyes. Why does everything have to turn into a political or ethical discussion? Talk about being a killjoy when I'm happy about my new office. Besides that, catalog ordering has been around for over a century. Were our ancestors wrong for ordering from Sears & Roebuck?
I live right by the Wal-Mart that...
someone was trampled in last year on BF.  I've never had any problems.  Everyone seems to be super curteous. (except for the men who are constantly asking their wives if they are done.)  Everyone was helping each other find where the deals were located in the store. 
Wal Mart on my poo list
I went to Wal Mart as I always do. I wanted the laptop for $386. I work two jobs and really wanted to be able to remove myself from my desk to do personal stuff wherever or do my coding job away while watching tv. They only had 25 of them. I was like 35 in line. I cannot believe that is all they got in. Then I went to get the PS2 Burnout 3 game (I needed two copies) and the Scooby Doo double pack for Gameboy. They did not get extra ones in even though they advertised them for $8. They had what was in the case only, which was one of each. Oh boy how stupid. Then I got a few things like jammie bottoms and a remote control hummer for my son and the lines were awful. They were handing out these VCR/DVD combos that were not the right ones so people were MAD.
I only have ONE gripe with Wal-Mart..
I don't care what they do or where they build stores.  Many things have come before them and put others out of business, and eventually Wal-Mart will be put out of business by something else new and innovative.  Think about when supermarkets came along.. That put all the little mom and pop grocers out.  Are you shopping at a supermarket in 2005 or worrying about the vegetable man and the butcher shop on the corner?  Of course not.. It's in the past.  The only thing that I cannot STAND about Wal-Mart is the way they accost you at the door as you leave and ask for a receipt to prove you didn't steal the soda or the milk that is unbagged.  I resent that, and no other store does this.  My DH walks past and says "if you believe I've stolen something, please call the police."  Do you know why they ask for the receipt?  Because it's their own employees who don't charge friends and family members, for large ticket items particularly.  I refuse to prove that I didn't steal something every time I leave the store.  My solution is to make them bag everything.  I swear, if I bought a car from Wal-Mart, I'd make them bag it !
WHole chickens at Wal-Mart?!?!
I wish they had them here. I live a block from a Wal-Mart! I am going to request that they get them here. It's a Super-Walmart, so why not? Yay!
I have worked for K-Mart
He needs to dress nicer than baggy shorts.  Walk in the store and see what the people who work there are wearing... he should dress similarly.  Not sure how it is now, but when I worked there men were required to wear ties and dress shirts in most departments. 
K Mart pay after 30 years?
No offense intended, but how in the world can you only make K-mart pay after 30 years as an MT? I hate to say it, but maybe you've been in the wrong field all these years. I make more than double per hour as an MT what I would make at K-Mart, and I have only been doing this a few years. I don't understand why you would be making so little.