Best device for voice recording

I need some help, please.
I am going to begin doing some
interviews for an article I
am writing; I'd also like to
record our Alabama PAS
meetings as well other
meetings I'll be involved with
in the near future.

I have a Powerbook G4 laptop;
a PC at work; and am working on
getting a Mac Pro for work.  For
the time being, I need the
device to work with my laptop.

I do have the software Toast,
if that makes a difference in your
responses.  Also:  is there a
plug-in mic that would work
with my laptop?  I look
forward to your responses.

If it's voice you're after, the Olympus DS-2 is excellent.

If you're after audio in the field, the Roland R-09 is a good choice.
Cool.  Thanks for the info on the snowball mic guys!
I'll second the snowball. Records percussion wonderfully! Has a switch to go between cardioid, cardioid with a 10db pad, and omnidirectional settings. I just recorded a marimba quartet with it in the middle, and it worked great. Would be great for meetings, as well.
I got the ";Snowball"; mic (white and round, you guessed it) by Blue from the Apple Store and it works great! Web articles say that it is designed for podcasting, but I used it last month to record Spring HS Symphonic band and it works fantastic. Wasn't that expensive either. USB powered, comes with a lightweight tabletop stand and has three different recording settings. I could blab more or you can just check it out on the Apple website:)

A quick follow-up.  I
have Wiretap Pro and
figured out how to use that
with the laptop to record my voice.
Maybe all I need is a proper

Thanks again,
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