Gifting a geek 

In Say Anything, John Cusack’s character poured his tear-distilled philosophies of a broken heart into a miniature tape recorder. In David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks,” federal agent Dale Cooper compulsively communicated with his secretary Diane through a palm-sized tape recorder. What man wouldn’t want to look as cool as either one of these popular 20th century cult icons? For the 21st century geek you adore, Olympus now has an improved take on their modern electronic diary: the sleek VN-90 Digital Voice Recorder. It’s an aerodynamic-looking, metal-skinned memo recorder with voice-activated microphone, dynamic speaker and the option of up to 90 minutes of memory. Personal and/or professional ruminations can be organized into three separate folders, each capable of storing 100 messages. And the sensitive voice-activated microphone eliminates any background fuzz like those old black voice boxes had, so all those words of wisdom are preserved for posterity. Available at Best Buy for $79.99 and at other stores.

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