What can I say? I'm not sure it's me or the machine anymore. I always thought it was my 8000LX, but now maybe it's me. I don't have a new machine yet, no, hopefully soon, but I had a doozy yesterday I wanted to share.

Q. Do you have a TKHAOEUFP application? TKHAOEUFP = copy of that

Yikes! Triple stacking now. Like a triple cheeseburger, but less fun.

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Comment by April McMillan, CRR, RPR, CSR on July 4, 2009 at 10:51
Sue, if you pop over to the Elan Mira users group I've posted some information that will hopefully help. Check it out:)
Comment by Glen Warner on July 4, 2009 at 1:25
Tami wrote: Allan at OTEC. I'll try to remember that. If I forget, I know who to go to to get this old brain refreshed. :)

Tami, if you can't find Brenda, shoot me an e-mail! Alan worked on both of my ProCAT Flash writers. He's since moved offices, but I have his address and a GPS, so getting to him will be fairly easy, if necessary ...!

"For a Good (steno) Time ...."
Comment by Janet on July 3, 2009 at 4:47
It's definitely not you. I never realized how great my Smartwriter was until I went to the Stacking Stentura and the Mira. I keep adjusting keys and the wheel to minimize the stacking, but what a pain that is after having a writer that doesn't do that.
Comment by Brenda Rogers on July 2, 2009 at 23:35
You bet! I take my Stentura to UPS and have them package it and send it off. It's always been snug as a bug. Get it wrapped in bubble wrap and bury it in peanuts. Works like a charm!
Comment by Tami on July 2, 2009 at 23:07
I sure know he is!

I am kind of disappointed that I didn't know about him last summer when we made our trip to Seattle. He said I'm not the only freako out there that hates to put my machine in the mail. Guess I need to get over that.

I am sooo excited about the results of all that great advice he gave me. What a difference it made for me today!

Allan at OTEC. I'll try to remember that. If I forget, I know who to go to to get this old brain refreshed. :)
Comment by Brenda Rogers on July 2, 2009 at 17:38
Tami, Allan at OTEC is great, really the nicest guy! Cat, his wife, did a presentation at our state's spring convention last month. I've dealt with her over the years, and it was nice to see her in person.

They're just fantastic people!
Comment by Tami on July 2, 2009 at 13:28
Well, it really worked beautifully this morning. I made those adjustments, and I think it stacked once. I'd be so happy with two a day. :)

I had six missing letters for the morning -- five of them the same letter, so I'll keep an eye on that letter. I really think it was awesome advice that the guy from Seattle gave me. I need to share it with April and a couple others in the Mira Group who, like me, just want to throw their machines out the 12th-floor window. :)

Yes, you're right. I should stop crying over my Smartwriter. I keep thinking if I whine enough that somebody that matters in Stenograph will get word and re-invent it in new form.

The guy in Seattle said the reason the Mira stacks is because of that new adjustment wheel.

Anyway, I think I'll just cut and paste my comments here to the Mira Group.

Good luck!
Comment by Sue Baker on July 2, 2009 at 9:23
Hi, Tami, well, I've had it adjusted and fixed to the max it can be, I guess it's just one of those things. I think the Smartwriter was the best machine ever made, I wrote golden on that machine, but that's the past now. Not sure what machine I'll go to next, though. It's interesting to hear what he said about Mira, so thanks for that info.
Comment by Tami on July 2, 2009 at 9:13
I guarantee that is not you, Sue. That is definitely a writer stack.

I just had the repair guy in Seattle call me yesterday. I think it's Otech, but I'm sure I blew the spelling. I was going to send my machine to him Spring Break and ended up sending it to another company.

Anyway, super nice guy. Instead of hearing I went someplace else and hanging up the phone, he listened to me.

While the repair stopped my Mira from dribbling, S-/S-/S-, it still stacked like crazy, and I've been so frustrated.

So he told me it's because of a certain key or keys, and the problem is it's hard to figure out.

So yesterday I took the time to write out all my stack strokes, and came up with the initial P- being in every outline. I believe the two Rs were also culprits because they were in most outlines save a couple.

So he told me to raise the number on my "wheel."

I have never written on an 8000, so I don't even know if you have a wheel, but try adjusting whatever you have to the less sensitive setting.

He said reporters who have come off a Smartwriter have the most problems with the Mira, as that is the best machine ever made. I had so few stacks, and the ones I had I could pretty much own -- ususally with my old way of writing period -FPLT and -ment -PLT.

Anyway, I don't know when you last got your machine serviced. I'd start with that. Keep me posted if you try what I suggested and have any luck.

It really is so frustrating having a machine not writing what you tell it to. It's hard enough writing clean as it is!

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