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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My new voice recorder

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!


  1. I'm totally impressed! Looks like a great little gizmo. I think that would come in handy for blogging because lots of times while I'm driving, I have an idea then by the time I get home, I've forgotten it. Looks like the toughest job with this one might have been getting it out of that horrible plastic casing!

  2. I am probably on my way to Radio Shack Thursday to look at recorders as well. Your post yesterday has set me on a logical mission. Haven't decided on digital or cassette yet. I'm leaning digital but I'll decide after asking a few more questions. Is yours waterproof so you can sing in the shower.....:))

  3. See, you are not a dinosaur, my Droid phone has a voice recorder built in. It is great. I can record to explain the pictures I take with it.

  4. You might want to check out Capri Campers.

  5. I,too, am now thinking this really might be a great little gizmo to have. I'm like Rick and Paulette - I think of something for the blog and then it's gone - along with a million other things.

  6. It's great! I've had one of those for a couple of years. I used it for ideas to get stuff for the RV. I love it for grocery shopping. It's handy for a lot of things for the minds that can't remember what's going on half the time. You'll love it and you'll find more and more to do with it as you go along. Congrats!

  7. Hmmm, I was going to comment, but can't remember what I was going to say. Guess maybe I need one of those gadgets too. :)

  8. Hi Gypsy,
    Now you just have to remember where you left the recorder, then what it is that you wanted to remember, while you remember to turn the recorder on!

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