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Time, Money, and Lives Blog

Why is My Computer so Slow?! An Introduction to the Task Manager

Have you ever wondered why your computer starts to get sluggish? Opening your email is slow, news articles take FOREVER to download, and nothing seems to be working right. Well, your computer has probably been up too long. Calling IT or support will tell you to restart it, but why? Like a person, if you leave a computer up for too long without restarting, it just exhausts itself. Too many activities and programs are running, and the computer cannot keep up. "But how did IT know my computer had been up for so long?" You wonder, "Where are they finding a list of these activities?" The answer is the Task Manager, and understanding how to use it can actually empower you to take control of your own troubleshooting!

Topics: Best Practices Technology Tips and Tricks Tips

Apply Your Communication Skills for Better Dictation Results

Back in December, Voicebrook employees from around the country came together for our annual company meeting. The theme was communication, and we were each challenged to think about how we can improve our communications with each other and with our clients. While researching the topic, I found that many tools for effective communication also apply to dictation. If you think about it, talking to a computer really doesn't differ much from talking to a person.

Topics: Speech Recognition Tips and Tricks Client Services

Does Your Microphone Have a Windscreen? It Should

That little foam ball on your microphone is more important than you might think, especially if you are in a noisy environment like the gross room. The windscreen, as it's called, helps block out background sounds and protects your microphone from dirt and moisture.

Topics: Best Practices Tips and Tricks

Tips for a Better Speech Recognition Experience

At least once per quarter, we like to offer our clients some tips for a better user experience. In the past, we've covered topics like creating templates, customizing foot pedal settings, word correction, and going hands free. This time, I have put together a few tips on a range of subjects that will help you with VoiceOver and keep you ready to tackle cases for the coming months.

Topics: Tips and Tricks

You Hear a lot About Templates, but How Do You Create Them?

One of the best ways to save time during dictation is to use templates. In my previous blog “You Use Templates Without Knowing - Make it Official,” I discussed how many users may think that they can’t use them due to the variability in their work. I noted that, while that can sometimes be the case, there are still many phrases that users dictate consistently.  When you do find consistency in your dictations we recommend creating a template in your speech recognition solution. Below, you'll find a step by step guide to creating your own templates along with five free examples to get you started.

Topics: Templates Tips and Tricks Pathology Templates