Not much happened since I last posted an entry, except that I tossed around the idea of returning the voice recorder and looking for a voice activated one. But I caved in and opened the packaging - no small feat - and began studying the user guide. It had very easy to understand steps to turn the device on and off, record, stop, play back, and erase. My mind wandered when it told me how to name and use folders, so I just skipped that part, and in fact, I skipped the rest of the guide.
I placed the recorder on a napkin on the coffee table and then set a ball point pen next to it as a size reference, so you can see it is beautifully compact but the buttons aren't too small for my fingers. I tried numerous times to get a better photo of the recorder but could never do it. The large button on the right is labeled in easy to read red letters - REC. The one on the left is labeled STOP, and the one below, in the middle, is PLAY (or OK, if you need to answer OK to something).
At the bottom of the device are black buttons for Menu and Folders, and a round button for ERASE in the middle. So easy a senior citizen can do it!
I tried it out and recorded a test message, played it back and then erased it. Perfect! I will never need to download anything to my Mac, nor will I want to place recordings in folders. In the unlikely event I do, I will ask someone between the ages of 13 to 23 to figure it out for me.
This item is an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder for which I paid about $40 plus the outrageously high percent of CA sales tax. There are 3 recording speeds, but whatever it is set on now is "Gypsy speed". There are also index markers that I can set, so I will probably keep the user guide handy in case I want to mark a recording while on a long trip, say, if I describe a place or campground. See, I'm not totally a dinosaur at all!
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