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John the Confused23 Jul 2014 8:43 a.m. PST

I have marked exams for money for the last 20 years. This involved large packets of scripts arriving at my house, me working through the pile of scripts and then I post the lot back.
This paid for my lead addiction.
Now all the scripts are scanned in and I access them on line. I annotated them and award a mark. I estimate I click the mouse around 200 times per script.
Under the old system I could make £40.00 GBP per hour, now I will be lucky to make £15.00 GBP per hour.
Some technological solutions aren't.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2014 8:51 a.m. PST

Work harder, not smarter….

Eclectic Wave Inactive Member23 Jul 2014 3:27 p.m. PST

Programmers never take in to account how much more time "clicking" with a mouse is to say, just typing.
Worked at a place doing data entry during collage. Old program was not graphics base, so you could just fly though the program using tab and the keyboard.

Management spent huge amounts of money for a new program and the new program makes you mouse click on every screen. Management could not understand why data entry entry speed plummeted with the new program. Management wouldn't listen that their were problems with the software, kept yelling at us that the new program should allow us to go faster! By the time we finally got management to understand what the problem was, it was too late, and they were stuck with what they had. New does NOT mean better.

Personal logo UltraOrk Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2014 8:53 p.m. PST

Microsoft "upgraded" their Office Suite a few years back. What was one click away is now two to three clicks. I still hate it.

Mad Dog24 Jul 2014 6:46 a.m. PST

I understand the frustration with adding a ridiculous amount of mouse clicks to get things done.

Is it possible that using a tablet with a stylus could get you back to marking things closer to the speed you had doing it by hand before?

Yes, something else to buy, but if it recovered most of your lost speed, I would think it would pay for itself? Then you could get back to diverting the funds to the lead mountain.

You'd also have a tablet to use for other things as well.

John the Confused24 Jul 2014 12:37 p.m. PST

Thanks guys for your moral support.
I think the answer is to look for more profitable employment.
This software has probably been developed by young people (eyes) using massive screens. Even on normal sized computer screens the stuff is difficult to read so a tablet would not help. But thanks for the suggestion.

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