HotRecorder, Skype and My Life Bits
Inspired by listening to talks about the Microsoft Research project, My Life Bits, I decided it would be a good idea to record my telephone conversations when I can. Fortunately it turns out to be really easy if you use Skype and the free program HotRecorder. The product is not the prettiest I have ever used, and the UI is a bit quirky but it gets the job done. Recording quality is good, and you can add key words and the name of the person you called to each recording making retrieval easy. The ad-supported version is free and the premium version is only $14.95. Well worth trying out, if only to listen to the different responses you get when you tell people you are recording the call, from the slightly guarded/worried to the “where can I get a copy”, so far!
If you want to get up-to speed on My Life Bits I recommend the recording on IT conversations, which I listened to on my Treo while walking along the beach last week.
My Life Bits progress so far:
- Web pages
- Documents read
- Documents reviewed
- Audio listened to
- Contacts talked to, or want to talk to
- Bills, receipts, letters, certificates and most other paper etc