Electronic organizers are great. But when you're on the go, it would be nice to be able to record a quick verbal note. If you feel that need, a digital voice recorder such as Total Recall from Sycom Technologies Inc. (1 800 773-2503) may be just the thing. The diminutive device, about the size of a garage-door opener, weighs 3.5 ounces with batteries. The basic unit costs $150 and holds 11 minutes of information in memory; other models hold up to 47 minutes. To record, push a button and start talking. Retrieve messages by time of recording or scan them. You can also tag a message to sound an alarm at a preset time.

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