Observations in October – 2018 – #31Things – Technology

Technology is another one of those things I have a love/hate relationship with.  I consider myself pretty tech savvy although I know there are a lot of things I don’t know how to do.  The reason I love my Mac is because it is so user friendly.  I can easily program my iPhone and update my computers but when it comes to helping my husband with his Android and Lenovo laptop I have some problems.   

In my working world, I know that a big portion of the reason my transcription work is declining is that the increased availability of programs like Dragon Dictate make it easier for the doctors to do their own dictation, thereby eliminating the need for people like me.  The younger doctors are easier to adapt to using tablets and laptops and the hospitals and physician networks are installing that equipment in their offices to assist with that.

On the other hand, through technology I am still able to do transcription work from home because I am able to get password protected audio files through email and send the completed reports back to the client, also through password protected email.  With this system I was able to do my work when we were out of town visiting the in-laws in Oregon.  It was very helpful.

In the craft world, people are able to send cards and invitations online so there are less physical cards being sent.  Yet, I am able to sell my handmade cards and things through my online Etsy shop

My latest batch of cards

We all know about cellphones and smartphones and texting and the like and I must admit that I have returned home to get my cellphone if I find I have left home without it.  I consider it now more of a safety feature, either for me to use if I am in trouble (flat tire, etc.) or if the hubby or kids need me.  I know that I never had one when I was younger but then again, there were pay phones around so all I needed was a quarter and I could get in touch with my parents if I needed to.  When was the last time you saw a working version of this?

Even education is enhanced now with the multitude of online classes you can take and own to use whenever you have time.  I remember when my kids were going through elementary school I resisted the dreaded “Internet” at all costs.  I was outraged that the school wanted the kids to “look it up online” rather than going to the library to get an encyclopedia.  By the time my youngest was a senior in high school, having her own laptop was practically on the supply list!  
I know I have benefitted from some online classes myself and the CreativeLive courses I have taken were really good.  Some I bought when they were on sale so I could go back and watch them again but a lot of them I have just taken the free version and it has still helped out a lot.  Many of the bloggers that I follow I know are writers and some participate in the NaNoWriMo challenge.  For those of you who are or want to be, CreativeLive is having a free prep week from 10/22 to 10/26/18.  I am an affiliate of CreativeLive so here is a link to those if you are interested.  They have a lot of classes in photography and money/life matters in addition to crafting as well.   

Where do you fall on the technology spectrum?  Love?  Hate?  A little of both like me?  Tell!

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12 Responses to Observations in October – 2018 – #31Things – Technology

  1. joey says:

    For several years now, the laptops are school supplies, rented from the school. I am annoyed that there isn’t at least a small course in how to use reference books. Not ALL of everything is online, but I suppose as they mature, it will be.
    I wouldn’t go home to get my phone, but I would email my family that I’d left without it. One time I left it at home and the whole family freaked out over whose fault it was that I wasn’t speaking to anyone. Heh. If The Mister and I both go somewhere, we don’t always both take a phone.
    I deal with password encrypted medical data, too, but I’d never make it in transcription. I type fast, but I generally have to go back and fix errors, which costs me more time due to inaccuracy.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I’m really lucky that a lot of my work is done with templates so it’s more of a fill in the blanks thing and I have a TON of auto correct shortcuts. I can type ‘awa’ and ‘as well as’ spits out. Sometimes they are longer. LOL the family thought you were mad at them! I left my phone at home the other day and I was sad that I didn’t have it to take pictures with!

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    Huh, I left you a comment yesterday and now I see that it isn’t here. Either my mind has finally gone OR the system is eating my comments again. Oh well, whatever… how ‘ya doing?

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I see it now, Ally. How funny that this one went through and yesterday’s didn’t. I am fine today but spent last evening in the ER with my mom. She’s okay too but at 95 I am afraid that I’m gonna have more experiences like that. Catching up today. Have a great Friday!

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      • Ally Bean says:

        Sorry to hear of your mother’s ER visit. Sadly, based on my experiences, you’re probably right that you’ll have a few more adventures in the ER with her. Take care, both of you. Have a good weekend.

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      • scr4pl80 says:

        Thanks Ally. I guess Word Press can’t make up its mind about you yet since this one went in my trash bin too, yet there are others that make it safely.

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    My interest in technology is nil, but my appreciation of what it can do for me is huge. Thus I learn what I need to know, don’t care about what I don’t know how to do, and carry on as if life is good. Pros and cons, always there.

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  4. LA says:

    First off…what was that in the picture?😉 I don’t think there’s a pay phone left in nyc…I like the ease of technology, but I’m afraid that it will soon be all tech. My motto is everything in moderation

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