a girl I inspired to go to court reporting school, who worked as a scopist instead, told me about you. I have been a technical court reporter who owned the office in the boom years in south Florida, total experience 25 years.
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First of all, I'd buy the software from Eclipse directly. That way, there will be no problems. Second of all, try to buy a computer that has Windows 7 on it. I've heard there are lots of issues with Windows 8. You don't need that hassle when first starting out.
I'm sure there are some online courses you can take. The scopist I trained, I just gave her a few easy jobs and she just jumped in. I then would send her the errors she was making and what to watch out for. I'd send the job back afterwards for her to look at. Training her was a huge pain in the butt. Took a good full year before I could give her one of my "real jobs."
The fact you're an ex-reporter, at least you hopefully have a concept of how to edit transcripts and what they should basically look like. Every reporter has their own style and how they want stuff set up; i.e., quoted material, blurbs in transcript, etc.
Let me know if you have any more questions. You can get great prices on computers at Amazon.com. That's where I bought my last laptop for $465.00. Pretty cheap.