Last Updated Mar 6, 2007 6:35 PM EST
Slowly, though, inroads are being made as digital audio files become easier and easier to manipulate. One new company that has stepped into the audio-textual void is Simulscribe, which now offers a service that transcribes your voicemail. Over at the New York Times, David Pogue lists several ways that this service can increase efficiency, including allowing you to search your messages for important stuff and to save time by scanning and then ignoring unimportant voicemail. Venture Capitalist/blogger Fred Wilson calls it a lifechanger. For roughly twenty five cents a voicemail (minimum $10 a month), it's not particularly cheap, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.