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Sony Voice Recorder ICD-BX700
The difference between "will" and "should" can make the difference between a scoop and soup. Particularly when people are speaking at events, it's vital to be able to recap what someone has said for written transcription. Even the fastest writers cannot pick up every single word depending on the speed of speech, and
This voice recorder is plain and simple, and the battery has lasted so long that in more than six months it has not seen a single battery change. It plugs in via a micro-USB port and encodes in MP3 format making it easily transferrable across devices and transcription software. It's record, plug, play, and go.
Parker fountain pen
Perhaps the least techy yet most important piece of kit for a writer: a pen. In any occupation you would want the best tools and equipment to do your job. For me, it's a Parker fountain pen, and it's second to none. Refillable with specialized ink cartridges, its precision nib allows me to write for dozens of pages of A4 without thinking twice about changing the ink.
My eyesight has deteriorated ever so slightly over the past few years -- probably something to do with being fixed to a computer monitor or television for more hours of the day than I probably should have done during my teenage years.
These glasses are nothing too fancy and have no branding. The lenses are designed for my shortsightedness which prevents me from seeing things at a distance. During a European Union midday briefing around a year ago, I thought "enough was enough," and would get my eyes checked. Behold, the need to wear glasses; otherwise I can't see a damn thing more than 20 meters away.