The olympus ws-400s is nice for recording your vacation thoughts. Once you get it all set up get out the owner's manual and get started. I'm very curious to see how well the microphone sensitivity is. I have a feeling this is go work out well since I am going to use an external microphone, the headphone style. That should really enhance the ability of the voice to text software to do a good job. The first thing on the digital recorder I want to figure out is the file menu. I would like to do a series of paragraphs on one wave file, which means I could ramble on for a while about a specific topic. When I'm done talking about that specific topic, I would like to move to a new wave file and start a new topic. I'm going to jump ahead to chapter three about playback. The goal here is to have a professional dictation type device, and I can remember all kinds of little tidbits about the vacations by just speaking into the microphone.