July 7 2017

Steno Machine Repair: Screen Damage

Stentura Fusion Main Screen

Stentura Fusion Screen

I take very good care of my machine. However, I must have inadvertently hit the screen with something because when I turned my machine on a few days ago, it had the above-pictured damage to the screen. I’m really attached to this machine. It’s the first professional machine that I saw in person. That was one of the reasons that I purchased this model over more popular models that were out at the time that I purchased it.

I called a few repair places to inquire about how much they would charge to fix it. However, I couldn’t get a clear estimate. I refuse to send my machine across several states without getting a proper estimate; that doesn’t sit well with me. It just might be time to get a new machine. I’m doing some research on the available options. If anyone has some information on a great repair place, or reasonably priced machines, let me know. Thanks.

Love, Speed, and Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

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December 11 2015

Steno Gadgets & Accessories: Lines Of Text Ruler

Magnifying Ruler
Lines of Text Ruler
Rulers with inches divided into tenths are not that common. However, such a tool is necessary when measuring margins for Case CATalyst settings.

Previously, when I needed to measure margins, I would use a paper ruler that as divided into the increments I needed. The paper ruler is on a page that is included in a Case CAT instruction manual I used in school. (I think the Case CAT program also came with a flexible ruler that can be used to measure margins.) However, I found a sturdier option.

The Westcott ruler I found was less than $5. It is a happily added addition to my steno gadgets and accessories.

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February 17 2015

Steno Gadgets & Accessories: Laptop Tray

This laptop tray seems interesting. It looks a little shaky at a couple of points in the video. However, I like the versatility of its positioning. I have either this one or a similar one on order as a gift. I’ll do an update on this contraption as soon as I receive my gift and try it out. Its features seem super-cool!

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October 2 2014

Steno Gadgets & Accessories: Zoom H2 Recorder

Zoom H2
I’ve had this nifty little recorder for quite some time. I used it to record dictation in school. In addition to being a great recorder, the Zoom H2 can also serve as a USB microphone.

The Zoom H2 has some handy features such as: Four microphones that can record on two or four channels, an automatic recording function that can be activated by voice or decibel level, compressors, low-cut filters, MP3 or WAV format recording, WAV to MP3 converter, metronome, and tuner.

This recorder has always given me quality recordings. Just be sure to keep extra batteries around if you plan to use it for extensive time periods. (Note: It also comes with a plug-in power cord.)

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