Technostalgia

What Ever Became of…Personal Recorders?

Do you need to take some notes, or remember your personal thoughts for further introspection later? Try a personal recording device, if you can still find one that is! Once the tape recorder developed into handy portable sizes, all manner of people began to use small personal recorders to keep track of their busy lives. College lectures would be saved for diligent transcription at home after class. Positive personal motivating thoughts could be kept for easy listening during the lonely times. But the ‘tape’ recorder seems to have missed out on the leap to the digital age. Despite the massive memory available on current smart phones and music players, when is the last time you heard someone recording  personal note on one? College students now bring their laptops for ‘note taking’ during class, and virtual Post-Its on computers that send you reminder updates seem to have won the day.

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