December 2006

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by Michael Alderete on 12/29/2006 · 20 comments

I missed the announcement last week of the title for the final book in the Harry Potter series and, since others might have also, thought I’d pass the news along:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I am so looking forward to this book. A month before it gets released I am going to re-listen to all six of the prior books, to have the whole series fresh in my head. It’s very exciting to know that it must be getting closer!

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Free today only: Direct Audio Converter (for Windows)

by Michael Alderete on 12/19/2006

I haven’t yet used this software myself, but it’s free only for the next 12 or so hours, so I wanted to pass it along quickly. Normally $25, it looks like it might provide a streamlined workflow for importing audiobook CDs or converting existing MP3 files to AAC for better bookmarking capabilities.

Free for 12 more hours (on 19-December-2006): Direct Audio Converter and CD Ripper

Note: You need to download, install, activate, and register the software (four distinct tasks) before the deadline, when the registration code expires. Read the instructions for the details.

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How to digitize cassette tapes

by Michael Alderete on 12/19/2006 · 1 comment

It doesn’t provide the level of detail, screenshots, etc. that I would like, and it’s not focused enough on audiobooks, but Lifehacker has an article that outlines a procedure you can use to convert audiobooks on cassette tapes into MP3 tracks you can listen to on your iPod:

Lifehacker: How to Digitize Cassette Tapes

It’s basically as simple as using a specific cable to attach the line out on an ordinary tape player to the line in port on your computer or sound card, and pressing the record button in Audacity.

I think the article needs more screenshots, and details of moving the tracks into iTunes, and I think their recommended recording format (128 bit MP3) is not optimal for audiobooks, but if you’re trapped for days and need a break this holiday, the instructions will certainly get you something usable.

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Learning from mistakes, #278

by Michael Alderete on 12/2/2006

I think I can conclusively say that “gin, then wine, then tequila” needs to get a check mark in the “Bad Idea” column…

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