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Make MP3s into iTunes Audiobooks

Normally when you download free audiobooks they are in the MP3 format, which is not bookmarkable and iTunes treats it as music. To get them into and iTunes Audiobook format is easier than you think.

For the purpose of this guide I will asume your book is spilt into parts, if yours isn’t you can skip to 3.

  1. First you need to get those files merged together in one file, to do this I use a sound editor. Import your MP3s and add them to a track lining them up in order with no gaps.
  2. Now export these as a low qualty MP3 file, an audiobook is only spoken word so 64Kbps is more than enough.
  3. Add your file to iTunes
  4. Change your Import settings. Go to edit > Preferences > Advanced > Importing and change “Import Using” to “AAC Encoder”, chnage”Settings” to “Custom” and “Stereo Bit Rate” to “64Kbps”. Your setting should look like the image below (click to enlarge)
  5. Right click the ‘song’ in iTunes and select “Convert Selection to AAC”.
  6. When this is completed right the new ‘song’ and click “Show in Windows Explorer”
  7. Rename this file “.m4b” and add it to iTunes again.

Once your done done you can delete all the MP3 version of the book you have.

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Outlook Gives an Error When Clicking Links

Outlook has been very bitchy lately; every time I click a link in an email I got the following error message.

“The operation has been cancelled due to restrictions on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.”

A quick search on Microsoft’s Help and Support said it was a problem with a damaged or corrupt registry key, ok so I tried to import the registry, just as Microsoft said and it didn’t fix my problem. So after a little thought I tried to change the set program access and computer defaults and it worked.

Here’s what I did (on Windows Vista):

  • Click Start, then click Default Programs
  • Click Set program access and computer defaults
  • Then under Custom select Internet Explorer
  • Click OK
  • Close and reopen Outlook

For Windows XP:

  • Click Start, then Control Panel, and double-click Add or Remove Programs
  • Click Set Program Access and Defaults
  • Click Custom
  • Under Choose a default Web browser, select Internet Explorer
  • Click OK

If you use Firefox you may want to change this back to Firefox. This does mean all links clicked in outlook will open in Internet Explorer, but IE8 is much better then previous versions.