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Welcome to the ERS What's New in VO Tech blog

OK, I gotta admit, I was feeling really behind the times posting ONLY an email newsletter once a month.  I am hearing more and more that newsletters are getting very passe, and that they are often filtered as Junk mail or deleted before read.  So when I found out that my webhost, Pair Networks, provides a blogging tool called Moveable Type, I decided to give it a shot. 

Now, whenever something really important, or just plain COOL, pops up on my radar, I will post it here for you to read.  This  also provides a means to keep my pearls of wisdom organized and archived to make it easy to refer to past posts and search for information.  But if I am no longer posting all of this great stuff in a comprehensive monthly newsletter, how will you know about it?  That's where RSS comes in!  Just look for this logo:
Want to give it a try?  Please read on...

I will now steal some text from

What is RSS?

RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content.
Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate
their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

Why RSS? Benefits and Reasons for using RSS

RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to
easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in.
You save time by not needing to visit each site individually.
You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site's email newsletter.
The number of
sites offering RSS feeds
is growing rapidly and includes big names like Yahoo News.

What do I need to do to read an RSS Feed? RSS Feed Readers and News Aggregators

Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS
feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use.

A variety of RSS Readers are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include
Amphetadesk (Windows, Linux, Mac),
FeedReader (Windows), and
NewsGator (Windows - integrates with Outlook).
There are also a number of web-based feed readers
My Yahoo,
Bloglines, and
Google Reader are popular web-based feed readers.

Once you have your Feed Reader, it is a matter of finding sites that syndicate content and adding their RSS feed to the list of feeds your Feed Reader checks.
Many sites display a
small icon with the acronyms RSS, XML, or RDF to let you know a feed is available.

Thanks for reading!!

George Whittam


New Policies for 2008 from ElDorado Recording Services

ERS provides a unique service to our customers and a knowledge base rivaled by few for technical support in the field of voiceover and recording studios.    We've learned a great deal in the past year about what it takes to succeed in this business and what changes are necessary to achieve our goals in the new year.  As of February 1st, 2008 the following changes will go into effect.  

The first area of focus is formalizing our billing and rate structure.  We have found that in order to maintain the open and flexible schedule required to accommodate the needs of our clients, we need to increase our hourly billing rate.  

Hourly billing rate for services during regular business hours, 8AM to 8PM PST Monday through Friday will be $135/hr.  

All house call services billed at a minimum of 2 hrs.
Travel time billed at $135/hr for only one direction.   

Any service outside of those hours will incur a 25% surcharge.  
Overtime billing (1.5x) will be charged for services calls extending beyond 8 hours.

Services rendered on Saturday is billed at time and one quarter rate (1.25x).  
Services rendered on Sunday is billed at time and a half rate (1.5x).

We do not charge a "rush" fee because we consider every service call urgent in this business.  

All materials and equipment purchased for the client is marked up at a standard rate of 20%.  This margin covers the time and expenses incurred to research, locate, and procure materials to meet the timing needs of the project.  

Clients will only receive a written estimate for new services if one is requested.  Clients must make payment for equipment in full to initiate any project.  Labor charges are billed at the completion of the project unless otherwise stipulated.

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