Diane Hickman's Blog (9)

Stowaway kitty!

Yesterday, during a break in the California storm, my husband and I set out for errands. He started up the engine to our GMC Sierra truck and off we went. As we were driving down the street, we both heard a loud "meow" that sounded as though it came from under the hood. He stopped, looked under the truck and found our kitty, Rocky, had settled himself on top of the spare tire that was positioned under the bed of the truck. Needless to say, we turned back (Rocky was howling the whole time) and… Continue

Added by Diane Hickman on December 8, 2009 at 13:59 — 6 Comments

Ready to buy a new laptop...

I have CaseCat8. I currently own a Toshiba Satellite Pro (6 years old) w/Windows 2000 XP, Pentium 4 that has served me well. Lately though when I insert a key memory stick, a box pops up saying my computer is too slow to support the stick. I want to stick with Toshiba because I've never had any problems, but now I know whatever I'm going to buy will have the new Windows (what's it called?) and not XP, so does anybody have any advice for what to buy or what to steer clear of? I'm planning on… Continue

Added by Diane Hickman on September 29, 2009 at 16:50 — 2 Comments

Help...I can't find my notes...!

I successfully did it last week, but now I can't find my note file to transcribe & edit. I have CaseCat8. I connected my Stentura 8000 to my laptop using my USB cable to COM1 port. I clicked Read Notes. Great, okay, I see the window "Looking for writer"; found it, there is my file. Great. I click okay and I think it asked me to Append, Overwrite...and I chose Append. Don't know why, but I did. Whoosh, it's gone. Now when I chose to Translate & Edit, I can't find my file. I am sick… Continue

Added by Diane Hickman on September 29, 2009 at 9:02 — 3 Comments

Transitioning to caregiver...

Well, my life has officially turned upside down, but I'm still maintaining my sanity. My husband & kids moved back to my childhood home to help care for my ailing mother. I know she hasn't got long on this earth, so this is going to be like a very long last visit with her. She suffered kidney failure, heart attack, underwent dialysis, and she'll be needing all the care a patient with Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) needs to have. If you had told me last year I would be doing this,… Continue

Added by Diane Hickman on April 22, 2009 at 17:08 — 7 Comments

The day after Christmas...

Merry Christmas to all of my new friends! My family shared our Christmas morning with two new members, Chad, my daughter Bethany's friend who is a Marine (whorah!) from Pennsylvania and is stationed here at Camp Pendelton (but wants to be in Iraq!) and Joey, my oldest daughter's boyfriend (future son-in-law). We had a wonderful morning opening up gifts, but my son, Mark, kind of got the short end of the stick this year. His Playstation game (an older version of Bugs Bunny) didn't work, and I… Continue

Added by Diane Hickman on December 26, 2008 at 10:35 — 1 Comment

Good News! My laptop is ALIVE again!

Yes, I went to Best Buy/Geek Squad - Agent Smith. She removed the external battery (located on bottom) then replaced it, which restarted my laptop. I'm definitely going to buy a new one, but does anybody know which one works with CaseCat 8? I have XP and I know the new ones are running Vista. Thanks everybody for your inputs.

Added by Diane Hickman on November 20, 2008 at 11:31 — 8 Comments

Help! My laptop just died!

Toshiba Satellite Pro, bought in 2002. It won't turn on. I'm going to go to Best Buy to purchase a new laptop. They have Geek Squad there, and I'm going to ask them to transfer my harddrive (which has my depo jobs) info to the new laptop. But since this is the first time I've ever experienced this tragedy, can anyone give me advice on what laptop to buy or how to get through this mess? Please respond ASAP!!

(groan) Diane

Added by Diane Hickman on November 20, 2008 at 9:39 — 3 Comments

I need practice material for CRR test...

I want to take the next CRR test but I have no clue as to what is going to be thrown at me. I've been slowly developing my theory to adapt to writing realtime, but I don't really know where to find material (hard copy with/or/and practice tapes) to hone my skills. If anyone can direct me to hardcopy material I sincerely would appreciate it. I have the NCRA Realtine booklet with the tape that comes with it, but some practice tests would be helpful also.
Thanks...Diane Hickman

Added by Diane Hickman on August 20, 2008 at 16:48 — 10 Comments

Wit/Interpreter depo formatting...help!

Scenario: depo, one witness (in pro per), one lawyer, one interpreter.

Witness periodically answers her own questions posed by lawyer. Example:


Q How are you today?

A I am fine.

Q Where do you live?

THE WITNESS: I live in Los Angeles.

Q Do you want to use the interpreter today?

THE INTERPRETER: I don't understand. Please repeat.

Q Do you feel comfortable using an interpreter?

A Yes, I do.

THE WITNESS: He is fine, but I'm… Continue

Added by Diane Hickman on August 5, 2008 at 10:04 — 12 Comments

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