In the course of one's daily work, basic skills are acquired. Once learned, it's easy to forget that this essential knowledge may not be widely known by others. Thus, a new generation struggles to reinvent the wheel.
One of those basics is recording telephone conversations. It's bread and butter stuff for journalists, whether the recording is needed for interviews, documentary film, live news reports, or even podcasts. Almost anyone in the media business is faced with the task at one time or another.
Many of us remember that the task of phone recording was not always so easy to do. Even today, I wince when I see a struggling novice with a suction cup on a phone receiver or one of those little cheap plastic adapters from Radio Shack.