May 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Stenography: Really professional codependency?

The following comes from a popular website listing signs of codependent people:
- Feel most comfortable when they are giving
- Find needy people to take care of
- Try to please others instead of themselves
- Have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility
- Try to be all things to all people all the time
- Have difficulty saying "no" and/or setting boundaries
- Feel empty and bored when they are not involved in a…

Added by Mary Smith on May 26, 2012 at 11:54 — 2 Comments

Nasty Scam from "Microsoft Technical Support"

Several months ago I was forwarded information about a scam where telephone calls from "Microsoft Technical Support" informed you there was a problem with your operating system.  MTS offered to fix your problem.  You had to give the caller access to your computer, naturally.  It gets more interesting (see link below).

I tucked the info into the far recesses of my brain.  This was going on in Europe. a phone call the other day from these folks.  Very personalized,…


Added by Joyce Davis on May 25, 2012 at 20:55 — 3 Comments

Texas Attorney General's decision on non-steno methods of taking depositions



His decision does not mention whether such deposition testimony can be made a part of a trial record. 

Texas reporters and scopists, make your voices heard.  If Judge Abbott neglected the ramifications of his decision when it comes to trial transcripts, perhaps he would like to take a second…


Added by Joyce Davis on May 16, 2012 at 19:33 — 3 Comments

Scoping Studio updates



Added by Cindy Clark on May 14, 2012 at 8:24 — No Comments

When it's time to walk away

- When you realize you never knew you are dyslexic.

- When the letters start dancing on screen and page.

- When you realize that pulsing sound is coming from inside your head.

- Your spelling skills degenerate to a first grade level.

- When your curved fingers start balling into fists.

- When you start yelling at your writer.

- When you realize just how light your writer is any how easily it could be thrown through a…


Added by Mary Smith on May 12, 2012 at 21:45 — 1 Comment


Recently, I was asked to swear in a witness from a remote location, the witness was not in the room with me.  I was told that the attorneys agreed to the remote swearing in.  It is very important for a reporter to know what their state rules are regarding our authority to do this.  In my state, it is not permitted and because the attorneys agree to it, it does not make it legal.  All it would take is for one attorney to question the legality of that procedure and your license would be on the…


Added by anita t. shemin on May 10, 2012 at 12:16 — 5 Comments


Wage and hour lawsuits - taking a depo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no breaks, and all they keep talking about is did you get your 15-minute rest break after five hours, did you get your 30-minute lunch break.  The thought wanders through my mind, when do I get my rest break.  Am I getting paid time and half here?

ADA discrimination lawsuits - having to lug all your equipment up two flights of stairs bec. there is no elevators.

Added by Kyung on May 7, 2012 at 8:25 — 4 Comments

Naughty funny steno story

My instructor told this story in class today.  Had to pass it along.

A teacher (who happens to be a man) is dictating a list of low-frequency words to students when he comes across the word:

Teacher: Penis.

Student: How do you stroke that?

Teacher:  It doesn't come up very often.

Added by Mary Smith on May 3, 2012 at 11:09 — 2 Comments

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