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you can use vonage, but there is an adapter you need to buy to make it work.

Posted By: Amanda on 2008-08-13
In Reply to: long distance ideas pleez - ex-MQer

Ask at office depot about it.


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somebody used to make a dictatphone-to-straight adapter
I can't remember who it was, but some tech guy used to actually make them himself and sell them for under $20 or so.
I work on Escription platform and the adapter didnt work for me. I tried it on my laptop though
and the foot pedal would just not play correctly with the adapter. I think others have tried it and done it but it just didnt work for me.
Gee, let's make that VONAGE!
Not that y'all didn't already catch that...


is there an adapter that can be applied to make regular single prong headphones (sm)
(the kind of prong that would fit into computer speakers or an IPOD) fit into the two-prong outlet of a Dictaphone machine?  What I would like to do is use my Bose noise-cancelling headphones with my Dictaphone C-phone.  Could someone point in my the right direction of finding such an adapter?  TIA
Would this adapter work?
I saw it on Ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Foot-Pedal-USB-to-15-Pin-Joystick-Gameport-Converter_W0QQitemZ120114792201QQihZ002QQcategoryZ49230QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
So hooking the 9-pin to a USB adapter will still allow it to work with Escription?
That was my only concern.  I knew about adapters but didn't know if the pedal would still be compatible with Escription.  I know my USB pedal is not and my employer had to send me a 9-pin pedal. 
If the program will work with an adapter, they should lend it to you. I've
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Anyone know if a pedal with Dictaphone adapter will work with ExpressScribe?

Thanks !!!


 


That's strange I bought the adapter but couldnt get it to work right. Maybe cuz it was a laptop..
I'll have to try it again. I just could not get it to work right. I would get sound but then it would freeze up.
I have a two way adapter that is plugged into the phone line. One goes from the adapter into the
router provided by the DSL company and the other goes from the adapter directly into the phone that I have connected.  The phone needs to be connected so I can re-record (which still works for me thankfully).  I was wondering if I unplug the phone line and plug that into the back of my computer if that would work but then I would have to have work call before faxing and change the hookup after which would be a royal pain.  If you can give me another way to hook this up it would make my life so much easier.  Thanks. 
Vonage doesn't work all the time
I had AT&T but wanted to try Vonage. 2 a/c's - one was fine with Vonage (in fact better quality). The 2nd a/c is too tinny, etc and I can't use it. So try it out first.

This "business" thing seems to vary. When you ask them about a "business" a/c they told me I didn't need one. Now I am running into people all over who have phone cos bugging them about usage. LOL - it says "unlimited long distance" - it doesn't matter if you use it for friends or for dictation. I'd be curious to see what happens with a lawsuit, because they may lose. Business a/c's are generally for people with multiple lines and special needs re quick repair times. It has nothing to do with how much you use the phone to call one number.

I'd try confronting them with this.

I spec. told Vonage what I do and asked if I need a business a/c and they told me now also. See if they change.
Plug adapter into serial port, plug foot pedal into adapter,
plug adapter into USB port.  
Yes, unfortunately you do have to make a pest of yourself to make it work, but.....
as the years went by that is why I stayed away from those type of companies.  BTW, Noni is a fabulous product, I absolutely do not care for the "marketing techniques" they use.  One of the facts of this type of industry is you cannot just recruit to make it, you have to retail.  Ever since I "overhauled" my techniques and system...I never had to ask another person to some on board again.  Well, nuf for now.  Take care and have a blessed week!!
I make that much and work...
for a hospital, from home. My colleagues at the other hospitals in this area also make in that range as well.
I work for 2 companies and make
0.0825 cents per 65 character line with spaces at one and 0.10 cents per 65 character line with spaces at the other so it just goes to show it varies.
Depends on who you work for as to how much you make..
The first online company I worked for, unfortunately, found out later they were India-based. Anyway, I work in Escription and made SQUAT. It would take 12 hours or more to make $100. Now, I work for another company that uses Escription and I can make up to $26 an hour doing VR. I think these companies set something up in the line count as how to count it and also it depends if they pay for headers, footers, etc. I definitely got ripped off the first go round. I like the company I work for now and like Escription. You can make money on this platform, although I am paid more than 3.5 for VR. That is ridiculous.
I need computer help. How do I make PRD work

PRD is on my old MQ program, but I can't seem to get it moved over to my Microsoft Word page.  I can't seem to get my Stedman's Spell check over there either.


Help.


How much do you make per year doing MT and do you work PT/FT and
for a company or have your own clients?  Just wondering how I compare.  I work for both and made just over $24,000 last year.
ICs - how much do you make per line and do you work for ...sm
a large company, small company or have your own contracts?
I work at MQ, live in MI and make less than 10.5 cpl.
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Make Word 03 and 07 work together!

First of all, I appologize for the LONG message, but well worth reading if you use Word.  I asked this question on the Microsoft Discussion Board on 11/7/08.  Here are the posts:


  >>>> DeviousRedBaron wrote:
>>>>> I am running Word 2007.  For work, I download a template created
>>>>> in Word 2003, then type my document in Word 2007.  After this, I
>>>>> have to import header/footer info that I believe is created with
>>>>> Word 2003. This takes a long time and at the bottom of the screen
>>>>> the message "Word is replacing ..." appears.  Is there any way I
>>>>> can speed this up, or avoid it all together?  I love Word 2007 and
>>>>> would like to continue to use it.  I do have Word 2003 also.  I
>>>>> cannot change the info that I have to download.  I access it
>>>>> through the intranet and it is different for each report.  (I am a
>>>>> medical transcriptionist.) Speed is important in my line of work!
>>>>> Thanks in advance!!!!!


>>> "Graham Mayor" wrote:
>>>
>>>> You will need to tell us more about the importing of the
>>>> header/footer. How? From where?
>>>> What is the exact sequence of steps used to create a document. At
>>>> what point does the message appear?
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> <>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>
>>>> Graham Mayor -  Word MVP
>>>>
>>>> My web site www.gmayor.com
>>>> Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org
>>>> <>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>


>> DeviousRedBaron wrote:
>>> Hi Graham,
>>>  I open my transcription program (created by the transcription
>>> company that I work for) and download my reports over the intranet.
>>> These are voice files and .doc information (that ends up in the
>>> header/footer).  I double click on the report I want to type up and
>>> a template box pops up.  I choose the .dot template that I need and
>>> it automatically opens Word in compatability mode with part of the
>>> header/footer info already in the document.  This is usually the
>>> hospital/clinic address and phone number, or what ever info that
>>> particular company has requested.  On some reports, there are
>>> headings that are loaded into the body of the document as well.
>>> This process is usually pretty quick, depending on my company's
>>> server.
>>>
>>> Now, I type up my report in the body of the document.  When I am
>>> finished, I have to apply the demographics to the document.  This is
>>> the information about the patient, clinic/hospital numbers, doctors'
>>> names, cc info...that is also downloaded with the report from the
>>> intranet.  Some of this info goes into the header/footer as well.
>>> Some of this info is "attached" to the document so it is sent to the
>>> correct departments/doctors....  Once I apply the demographics, I
>>> have to wait for Word to replace .....something.  (The message on
>>> the bottom of Word flashes from a long message to a short one very
>>> rapidly, making it impossible to read the entire message!)
>>>
>>> I have read a little bit about writing a code (macro) so that
>>> everything opened with Word is opened in 2003 format.  I do not
>>> start Word, it opens with my company software, so I never get to
>>> choose a template in Word.  I have also tried to set the
>>> compatibility for all documents to 2003 and this does nothing.
>>> Also tried to set it up to save as a 2003 document, as well as a
>>> .dot and this does not make any difference.
>>>
>>> I am at a loss!  Thanks for your quick response, it is greatly
>>> appreciated!


> "Graham Mayor" wrote:
>
>> It is the application of demographics - presumably by a macro that
>> appears to be the issue. This was obviously created by the
>> transcription company with Word 2003 in mind. Whether it would be
>> possible to improve that code is impossible to say without seeing it
>> - and really that is a job for the company that provided it, so I
>> will stick to attempting to make the function use Word 2003 rather
>> than 2007.
>>
>> http://www.gmayor.com/Toolbars_in_word_2007.htm demonstrates how to
>> set Word 2003 and 2007 to share the same platform without
>> reconfiguring the registry each time one of them is run to grab the
>> shared settings for itself..
>>
>> You should then be able to associate doc and dot files through
>> Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types - DOC >
>> Advanced  > Open > Edit and change the application used to perform
>> the action to Word 2003, which by default should mean entering
>>
>> "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOFFICE11WINWORD.EXE" /n /dde "%1"
>>
>> in that space.
>>
>> Repeat for DOT, though this time edit the action for NEW - the
>> application used to perform the action should be
>>
>> "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOFFICE11WINWORD.EXE" /n /dde
>>
>> and the DDE message should be
>>
>> [REM _DDE_Direct][FileNew("%1")]
>>
>> In both examples if Word 2003 is installed in some other location
>> than the default shown, change the paths to reflect that other
>> location.
>>
>> --
>> <>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>
>> Graham Mayor -  Word MVP
>>
>> My web site www.gmayor.com
>> Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org
>> <>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>


DeviousRedBaron wrote:
> Thanks so much, Graham!
>  I have followed your instructions, but have not yet tested it with my
> company's software.  I am going to test it out tomorrow.  If there
> are any gliches, I will repost.  If all goes well, would you mind if
> I pass this info on to my fellow MTs? (Medical transcriptionists.)  I
> am sure there are numerous woman, and a few men, who could benefit
> greatly from your advise.  I will await your response.
>
> Once again, thank you!!!!!


If it works for you, feel free to share with your colleagues. If double
clicking a doc or dot file opens Word 2003 and not 2007 it should work with
the company software - depending on how the company software calls Word.

--
<>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>
Graham Mayor -  Word MVP

My web site www.gmayor.com
Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org
<>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>


I hope this will help everyone!  I know it helped me.  I love typing in Word2007, but for now, I will have to type in Word 2003 until my company's software is compatible with it.  At least I can have both programs running at the same time!  The info on his web page about creating a toolbar is not necessary, unless it is something you need to do for Word 2007. 


I work for NTL and make .12 line
nm
Their pay is way low and you work like a dog to make minimum lines.
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Hard 2 make money with no work.

I can flex some, but I cannot make up an entire day of nearly no work!
:-( They do not want any excuses as to why people cannot work, but those of us who are here and WANT to work have nothing to do. Really makes me feel loyal to them, 'ya know????
not stretching. I work about 12 hours a day and make--sm
on average of 3500 gross lines a day. disbelieve if you want, but my money is in the bank. It is possible if you want to do it badly enough. ppfffttt.
Because MTs in the US become the "editors" to fix their work and make them look good. nm
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Wonderful, got it--I see now it does work here too to make things smaller
thank you, very kind of you to tell me. I've made eveything on this page smaller now. Muy bien. Happy typing.
Even if they pass, how can they do the work? They will make pennies an hour and
zzzzzz
But really. To make this work, don't you have to intrude upon people's lives and SM

make a horrible pest of yourself? Honestly? My riding instructor, who is one of the dearest friends I've ever had, gets into these schemes. His latest was Tahitian Noni juice.


He had some remarkable results with it on a horse that was just a juvenile delinquent - she reared in crossties, acted up at shows when she wasn't in the arena, she was just a PMSing witch.


So I was impressed. I went to a meeting with him. Come to find out, they don't actually want you to buy the Noni juice - they want you to recruit other people to recruit other people. Biggest mess of flim-flam I've ever seen.


 


Depending on who you work for.... you can make good money

I usually average between $15-25 an hour doing VR. That is enough for me. I think it helps if you have companies that pay for footers, headers, spaces etc.. Good luck.


Get samples of the doc's work, if you can, and make each doc's op into a shortcut/abbrvn. The
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funny how upgrades make work harder for us
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I would quit. I work part time and only make about
$250 a week.  Just having become a grandma would influence my decision! I can't keep my hands off the little one!  1K a week would suite me just fine!  To bad I don't play the lottery. 
Also work on eScription. Make more. Easier on wrists. sm
It's editing work, and the reason I personally make more is that I'm a slow typist but a fast reader and "punctuator." The eScription software is very easy to learn.
Does anyone know how to make Instant Text work with EditScript?
I have funky things happen when I use it, like losing a whole report. I have heard others say they use it and it works fine, so what am I doing wrong?
I work for a large company beginning with an "M" and make
10.5 for text and 7 cpl for speech recognition. I work 10 hours a week and make 800 a month. I'm old and slow too.
If you work for a national, what difference does it make where you live?
If you work locally, then yes I think it makes a difference. I work for a national, live in the boondocks and still do well.
I work on Escription VR and if you cannot make minimum wage, then
something is really wrong with either you or your system. I make a very good salary on VR. It can be done even at 4 cpl and that is what I am paid. I have occasional straight but 90%+ is all VR. I do not understand people saying minimum wage- that is only 6 or 7 dollars an hour, ridiculous to work for that in this kind of profession.
Read between the lines. When a company starts saying work more to make more
and you have to work in assembly-line fashion like an automaton, they are having a cash crunch.  They held out one salary to you to get you to do the job, then they turn around and cut your pay because you make too much.  They don't sound financially stable.  If you've only been on the job 2 months, start looking elsewhere for a more financially stable company.   Send out your resume and see what other companies have to offer and check out references for those companies.  I and a friend in the past have gone part-time with a new company before resigning from the old one in order to make sure the new company is going to be compatible with us. It's hard to do, but it's short-term for only 1 or 2 weeks.   
I love it too! I have my emails from work make a ringing tone
and pop up on my desktop,much like Yahoo messenger or IM. It's great. Never miss an email and can respond right away.
what? I used to make .02/line off my subcontractors work and felt guilty.SM
The MTSO is making .07 line off your work? I know you did not say how much you make, but the MTSO must be charging the client a high rate. Like I said, I had several subcontractors helping me as an IC for local clients in the past, and made .02/line on their work (I am the one who printed and returned the work). You deserve better and are selling yourself much too short! P.S. - Unfortunately this is what is happening to this industry, and it's called greed.
Email your supe to make sure they activated your work pool
I had this happen at another company. The supe had failed to add any accounts to my work pool.
Make off shore work illegal (to send to), lower dues, better pay - nm
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I'm sorry I didnít make myself clear. As an employee I can only work 40 hours per week (sm)
Overtime has to be approved by manager. I have always been an SE and could work as many hours as I wanted to, such as when I had a day of bad dictators I could work until I got my daily line count. Just wondering if all states had this law. I am working in CA.
RE: I totally agree!! I work at home can came make upwards or $25+ per hour (sm)
Where outside of my home could I make that money, not have to pay gas, buy extra clothes, etc.  I am very happy right where I'm at.
Why the stupid idiots called everyone to work on the holiday to make sure they meet their 1 hour TAT
time.
I *only* make $40K a year for full time work. Now I find that isn't decent is or fair?
nm
7 cpl gross and counts blank lines, IC status-- make a ton of money because it's easy work...nm
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Adapter
I have seen them for sale on e-bay. They are fairly inexpensive. Do search under dictaphone.
adapter
I bought an adapter at Radio Shack which converts my foot pedal to a USB port - it is actually called a game port. It was relatively inexpensive - under 10 bucks.