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Da Rossa
I must urgently think of a way to optmize it before the time bomb goes off. I'll tell you what it is about. as you read, you may think this is about software or webhosting, but I think in here has more to do with it.

Im a law student, coursing 5 hard subjects this semester. I came from an even better public university in which I used to course Physics, and I did really bad. I got to the ninth semester but with no learning. Now, I got to a private and very respected Law School (yeáh, I like both) and now I'm doing well. Things are now getting in.

But I had to develop a new method to do it. When I was at the Physics course, I didn't take the course very seriously so I spent my time learning other things. One of them was about webdesigning and the hosting thing.

When I was at college, I realised that bringing paper and pen to write down things teachers said would ruin my eficiency, so I decided to bring my 1996-intel 486-20MB RAM supernotebook to make the class notes. so I can type almost everything teachers say, using solely? the keyboard, which is good for being old (deep keys), win95 as OS and the notepad as application to do it. That's all.

But, if I had no further responsibilities, I could eventually ruin the quality of the notes I type, so I could get lazy over the time. To avoid that, I decided to make a website and, in there, to post all the revised class notes for my mates to access. The result is? notasdeaula.org, take a look! Smile

So, basically, I type it on the laptop while I record the class with my poor cell phone, get a hastly written txt file, run a script to change the abbreviations to expanded words (like btw -> by the way), and get something like a text. I put it on MS Word, review it, listen the recorded audio to fill the blanks (I can't exacly keep up with evertything), copy the reviewed text to NVU/kompozer (html WYSIWYG editor) and, made the final adjustments (such as adding some tables), I upload an place a link in the home page. I already have a Css sheet to predetermine the look-feel.

But, as you could see, this is reaaaaly time-consuming. I need to optimize the time and still have a breach to study myself, and the quality of the content is a must. I do this because, if I didn't, then I wouldn't be responsible. I know myself. Also, I can't just terminate this project in the middle of the semester, I must, if it`s the case, let the hollidays come first. But I wouldn't like to do it.

Question: given the circumstances, what could I do to make this job fast?
I appreciate a lot any piece of help.
Edit: sorry for the typos and mispellings, I'm wasted Sad
deanhills
If you are doing well, it is because of the way you are studying now, with lots of repetition and precision in the notes. I think you should keep this up as much as you can. It will continue to make a difference for you, right through to when you practice as a lawyer. As it is also about taking notes then, and being very perfect and precise. You will get faster with it eventually, I'm sure.
Da Rossa
deanhills wrote:
If you are doing well, it is because of the way you are studying now, with lots of repetition and precision in the notes. I think you should keep this up as much as you can. It will continue to make a difference for you, right through to when you practice as a lawyer. As it is also about taking notes then, and being very perfect and precise. You will get faster with it eventually, I'm sure.


Thanks for your support! But I think that it can't go much further about getting faster. Only if I had a new decent-keyboarded laptop, which are rare, so I could use AutoHotKey directly on the notebook and not only when I bring the work home.
Arnie
If this works for you, then I guess you should keep doing it... But aren't the other people annoyed by your keyboard typing sounds?
fx-trading-education
It seems to me that you are spending a lot of time in activities that are not really useful for your studies. In my opinion you should just focus on the highest priority.
If typing all that stuff is a good help in learning for you then keep it otherwise just get rid of that.
deanhills
Arnie wrote:
If this works for you, then I guess you should keep doing it... But aren't the other people annoyed by your keyboard typing sounds?
Laughing Da Rossa I'm curious too. Do you type heavy or light? Does it bother your neighbours? Laughing
Da Rossa
deanhills wrote:
Arnie wrote:
If this works for you, then I guess you should keep doing it... But aren't the other people annoyed by your keyboard typing sounds?
Laughing Da Rossa I'm curious too. Do you type heavy or light? Does it bother your neighbours? Laughing


Hehe I thought about that many times, since I type hastly and at a very high rate, but I've asked the people nearby and they said no. Also, there are usually the same people that situação near me, so they're kind of used to it. The problem could arise if I suddenly stopped to publish the notes, then people could get annoyed but this would be their problem. So finding the perfect keyboard would be the key to do it
deanhills
Da Rossa wrote:
deanhills wrote:
Arnie wrote:
If this works for you, then I guess you should keep doing it... But aren't the other people annoyed by your keyboard typing sounds?
Laughing Da Rossa I'm curious too. Do you type heavy or light? Does it bother your neighbours? Laughing


Hehe I thought about that many times, since I type hastly and at a very high rate, but I've asked the people nearby and they said no. Also, there are usually the same people that situação near me, so they're kind of used to it. The problem could arise if I suddenly stopped to publish the notes, then people could get annoyed but this would be their problem. So finding the perfect keyboard would be the key to do it
So if you stopped typing that would probably be disruptive to them, they have got used to it? Smile Great that you are providing the service to them. Do you think it could be an idea for you to start a "Notes Group" so that those who are currently benefitting from the notes could do it on a rotation basis? You would still do your own notes, but it would add a deeper dimension to add someone else's notes as well?
Arnie
Working in a team may further increase the amount of effort since you have to communicate and adapt to eachother.
deanhills
Perhaps that would be something good to build on for when he becomes a lawyer? Arguing facts and cases from different points of view in a group setting would add substance and deliver insights that could make him do even better than he is already doing. Perhaps extra work, but a great investment in bonding with class mates as well for later life when he is a lawyer. I was also thinking since my last posting that perhaps he could start a discussion group for his Notes Website. It could make it more fun and make it feel less like work.
Da Rossa
Quote:
So if you stopped typing that would probably be disruptive to them, they have got used to it? Smile Great that you are providing the service to them. Do you think it could be an idea for you to start a "Notes Group" so that those who are currently benefitting from the notes could do it on a rotation basis? You would still do your own notes, but it would add a deeper dimension to add someone else's notes as well?


No! that's the problem Arnie pointed. Working in a team basis would have that communication problem. Also, the methods I develop are so unique that it would be very difficult for them. They would have to understand about html, fastyping, fast Firefox searching, autohotkey, Kompozer and my hotkey abbreviations. not to mention the site layout and some standards for quality.

Quote:
Perhaps that would be something good to build on for when he becomes a lawyer? Arguing facts and cases from different points of view in a group setting would add substance and deliver insights that could make him do even better than he is already doing. Perhaps extra work, but a great investment in bonding with class mates as well for later life when he is a lawyer. I was also thinking since my last posting that perhaps he could start a discussion group for his Notes Website. It could make it more fun and make it feel less like work.


That would be difficult. The investment for when I finish the course could be fantastic, to have all the knowledge in front of me. But, since we're new in the course (third semester), we are uncapable of having those multiple POVs to argue about. Another disadvantage is that focusing on class notes evidently puts me far from the doctrine. I have to save some time to read the books.
And one more thing: people are not willing to get committed with it.

Please keep the ideas coming!! Very Happy
deanhills
Looks as though you are OK with how you are doing it. Get a feeling you wish to remain in control as they are your notes. And that is a good idea.

I have not been a student for quite a while, and have forgotten how students are. I.e. they will use the notes with as little in return as possible. Bottomline however it seems to be good for you to write it down in class, and to re-write it for your Website. I can't see any better way of doing it from that point of view.
Da Rossa
Quote:
I can't see any better way of doing it from that point of view.
Yeáh you're absolutely right, that's why I'm not indending to dump pmy project now, since I love it. The point is how to make it more effectively and without so many delays.
Right now, I thought about writing directly in Word then saving it as HTML, but I don't know how to put there my template. I only I could make every new HTML file made @ word follow this...

Code:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<html>
<head>
  <meta content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
 http-equiv="content-type">
  <title>Teoria Geral do Processo 25/05/09</title>
  <link href="notas.css" type="text/css"
 rel="stylesheet">
</head>
<body>
<h1>Teoria Geral do Processo</h1>
<h2>segunda-feira, 25 de maio de 2009</h2>
<h3>Matéria de hoje</h3>
<br>
<br>
<br>
<br>
<div style="text-align: right;"><a
 href="http://notasdeaula.org"><span
 style="text-decoration: underline;"><img
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 18px; height: 18px;" alt=""
 src="favicon.jpg"></span></a><br>
</div>
</body>
</html>


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