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Audacity has "Sound activated recording" since version 1.3.6.
Yes, Audacity is a great program, I use it a lot, and it is free open source software. But it is a full feature audio editing program, and IMHO it might be overkill for your purpose. It probably has far more features than you need.
If you will be recording a lot of notes, and you need to keep them organized, I would look for some kind of personal productivity or knowledge base software that has audio functionality built in. I don't know of such a program off the top of my head, but I will keep my eyes open.
Then you need some kind of voice recognition software i would say. You might find some answers here...
CMU Sphinx - Speech Recognition Toolkit
Sphinx might be a bit overkill for that. It is also only a framework. You would have to write a corresponding application first.
It's a bit sophisticated too. You would capture the sound, the program analyses it in order to convert sound patterns to characters/words. Then you drop the result of the analysis and reroute the sound itself. What a waste of computing time
Why not merely start the recording when the noise is over a certain threshold?
Saving and catologing all your notes is a different story though. But if you don't mind going through all your stuff later, then it sounds like Audacity does indeed function quite well as a computerized audio dictation machine.
Hi. I just wanted to add that now that you have a good program to record and edit your voice clips (Audacity), if you need to save and catolog them, consider using iTunes.
p.s. maybe I didn't do my homework. I confess I am not at all sure iTunes works with Linux.
What's Itunes but a searchable, indexable, sortable catolog of audio files? But hey, it sounds like you know what you are doing, so if you can script something better, then go for it.
Scripting something is the plan. Thanks for the input. I will use audacity on the netbook, mainly for security. Although I will play with sphinx.