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Old 02-01-2009
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Hi - I'm hoping I'm not repeating something from a previous post but I thought it might be helpful to other aspiring VAs to say what equipment we all use. I know that I certainly would have found it helpful when I was setting up. Anyway, here goes me:
Laptop (Dell Vostro 1500) for day to day use
Desktop (Dell) for back up
Back up hard drive
Printer/photocopier/Scanner (all one machine)
High spec colour printer
Blackberry Pearl (couldn't live without it anymore!)
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Old 02-02-2009
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Dell desktop
Toshiba laptop (I keep everything on the desktop and use logmein to access it from the laptop for security reasons)
Color hp deskjet printer
B/W Brother laser printer
Heavy duty scanner w/ flatbed and page feeder
Logitech headset for use w/ skype
HTC Pro smartphone (this is my business phone line)

I used to have an HP multi-function machine, but it was crap, so I traded it in for the heavy duty scanner instead. If I need to send a fax I just scan it and send it via MyFax.
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- 17" Lenovo laptop for everyday w/ external 10-key
- Mac desktop for backup, special projects, + QB
- LCD monitor
- Wireless network
- External Graphics/Drawing Tablet (as needed + for fun)
- Logitech Headset/Cam for Skype (as needed)
- Brother b+w laser (small format)
- Epson color inkjet (small format)
- HP flatbed scanner (small format)
- HP fax (small format)
- Shredder (paper, discs, etc.)
- External HD
- Flash drive
- LG enV cell (main ofc line)
- Phone/Fax line (as needed)
- Cuisanart(sp) coffee maker...
- Gas-powered snow thrower/auger...
(just making sure you're awake)
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I forgot.. I have a shredder too... and a small color tv because I spend most of my time in the office.
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dell inspirion laptop
Canon all in one printer/scanner/copier
Philips voip321 phone for skype and business phone line
My iPhone
Shredder
Business card scanner for clients who want a database from their business cards
External hard drive for backup

I really want a desktop so this will be my next purchase
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Currently use:
Dell Optiplex desk top computer with dual monitors
Dell Vostro Notebook with roll-up keyboard
Lots of memory sticks
Kodak digital camera
HP LaserJet printer
HP All-in-one printer/fax/copier
Flat-bed scanner
MagicJack
Land line telephone
Blackberry (when on-the-road)
Shredder
Document binding system
Vibrating chair seat and back pad
Voice activated tape recorder (I talk to myself a lot)
Huge library of reference books

Next purchases:
Color laser printer
Video camera
iPod
Trying to justify a Margarita Maker

Jenny
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Default Re: Who uses what equipment?...
My office equipment is:
Dell Desk Top
HP Desk Top
Sony Laptop
Toshiba Laptop
HP OfficeJet with automatic feeder for scanning and copying and is networked
Vonage Router
Stamps.com postage scale
Two filing cabinets - one for customer supplies, one for my supplies
AT&T Phone - Dect 6.0 technology
Cell phone - aka SmartPhone with Word, Excel, etc. on it.
Internet connection via cable
Internet connection via Verizon Wireless USB727 Modem - this works great when on vacation, events, etc. Also acts as a backup in case the cable internet goes out.
Shredder
Memory sticks
Digital Camera
800 phone number that includes electronic fax
Reference Books
Office Chair that has seen better days
Adding Machine
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Default Re: Who uses what equipment?...
Goodness you ladies have a lot of STUFF
Here is everything we have specifically for WORK:

VAIO laptop
Toshiba laptop [that has just died and will be replaced with a Macbook]
HP all-in-one printer, scanner, copier [that I never use]
HP laptop
External hard drive
Wireless router

I do want to get a Skype phone but otherwise, that's it.
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Toshiba lap top computer
HP all-in-one printer, scanner, copier
Memory sticks
Digital camera
Cell phone
Shredder
Searching for back-up computer
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Desktop (not a brand name, was built by our favourite computer store)
iMac
Toshiba Tecra Laptop - hard drive just died - got dropped so I'm exploring replacing the hard drive or just doing without. I don't use the laptop often, only if I want to work in the living room
Neat Receipts Scanner (scans receipts and business cards)
Cannon flatbed scanner
Palm TX
Small HP B&W printer
HP LJ 3600 colour printer
Canon Ink Jet printer - colour laser printer crunches envelopes so I use the ink jet for those
External Hard Drive (new love it)
shredder

no television - we're out of touch with fantasy, but I couldn't live without the stereo in my office

And yes, I have a snowblower too Hey, do you know how much time I would have spent away from my desk shoveling this year? Thank God we bought the blower in October.
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Default Re: Who uses what equipment?...
Here's mine, I think this list is up to date...

Desktop computer – has Vista Business Pro
Laptop computer – has XP Pro
Fax Machine
Brother Laser Printer
Xerox Phaser 6125N Color Printer
Lexmark Inkjet
Flip (ultra) Video Camcorder
Dual Monitors 17” and 19” LCDs

Software Programs
Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003 – Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and Word, One Note, Note Fish, Groove, InfoPath
Microsoft Access 2007
Carbonite to back up data plus Maxtor external modum as secondary backup.
Quick Books Pro 2009
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Default Re: Who uses what equipment?...
Perhaps I missed it, but I don't remember having seen any transcription equipment listed. Do any of you have recommendations for this type of equipment?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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iMac
iPhone
Digital Camera
Shredder
Brother 3-in-One Printer
Canon Colored Printer
External Hard Drive
Skype
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Trying to justify a Margarita Maker

Jenny
Do it!!

It would make for great FACs!

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Default Re: Who uses what equipment?...
What I have is

Laptop - vista
Epson 3 in one printer
Camcorder
Digital Camera
External HD
a few thumb drives
Wacom tablet
fax machine
blackberry curve

oh and more cardstock than I can use in a lifetime
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Just curious - I noticed several of you listed "digital camera". What do you use your cameras for in you business?
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