Goodbye DS330

April 11, 2006

I am already missing my Olympus DS330.  I had used it for many years (or so it seems) alongside other dictaphones but would always revert to the DS330 by reason of my familiarity to it, its ease of use, its compact size and above all its reliability.  I had sold dozens of them and in all that time there was only ever one complaint about it. 

I remember meeting the rep from Olympus when it was launched and he boasted that it would never break…after all it had no moving parts!

I used to reserve Folders A to D for my business and professional dictation saving Folder E for utterances from my infant son.  Using this folder I have built up a fun and memorable "album" of recordings.

I still have a few DS 330's knocking about.  It has been a sturdy and reliable workhorse.

The software for the DS330 improved over time.  The last edition was efficient problem free and easy to use.  For anyone still using this dictaphone I have a few accessories in stock should you require them.

The DS330 had, in my view, two drawbacks.  It was a very compact piece of equipment.  Some commented that it was too small to be comfortably operated with one hand.  The other was that it did not have the familiar old fashioned slider switch.  Whilst I did not encounter either of these problems I will share my thoughts on slider switches in particular during another post.


Hello world!

April 10, 2006

Welcome to My aim is to share with whoever is interested my experiences with digital dictation products and software.  What follows may be of interest to:

  • newcomers to digital dictation
  • regular users of digital dictation who are already sold on the idea
  • manufacturers, distributors / resellers
  • transcription service providers
  • IT depratments within organisations using digital dictation.

By way of background I am a lawyer who is keen on using IT and technology generally in making life at work (and home) easier.  I use digital dictation on a daily basis for my work as a lawyer. I also run a transcription business UKTyping where Digital Dictation is used throughout.

I invite anyone with an interest in dictation products and software and also those with expertise and involvement in this field to contribute.

I will be happy to answer questions that users and prospective users of digital dictation may have in the Q&A category and if I do not have the answer I will endeavour to obtain it.