WordProcessingML and Outlook

I promised that I had an article that would publish soon in which I consolidate the details I sketched out in some earlier blogs. This article, which shows how to create reports from Outlook tasks using WordProcessingML (WordML).

There is an article and a couple of sample files to get you started (those are available as download).

Here are the links:

Article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnofftalk/html/office06012004.asp   

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=741D1765-958E-46C4-A58B-67235444EEC1&displaylang=en

 Rock thought for the day: I really need to listen to rock and roll while I am riding my Trek 5200 (Smashing Pumpkins are my favorite cycling music band), especially now that I am still battling my way back from several broken bones (today marks 7 weeks since the incident). I was thinking iPod, but I am starting to see other devices. I need help on this one. I have lots of CDs, and I do not want to be short on memory. But, I have four boys, and I need to keep the cost down so I can afford more camping trips with these guys. Any suggestions?

Comments (6)

  1. Chris Kunicki says:

    i’ve owned many MP3 players and i’m totally sold on the iPod. Its more than just a super small player. Its very easy to use and the iTunes software is awesome (Best music software i’ve used).

    Side note, I went for a 1 hour ride today with my iPod :-). I also told you I had a Trek 1500 and I actually have the 2200.

  2. Scott says:

    I know it’s not hip as an iPod or Dell’s Jukebox, but I picked up Rio Volt MP3/CD player on eBay pretty cheap and love every bit of it. Every day (heck, sometimes every hour) I might be in the mood for something different, and it’s alot easier to pop in a CD with 650MB of MP3’s and a playlist than to hook up the iPod, pick the songs I want, discard the songs I don’t. I really only carry about 4 CD’s, but it runs a huge musical gamut. Plus the CD’s are cheap and I don’t care if they get damaged or lost.

    Other pluses:

    – I don’t worry about a big loss if the thing falls on the ground (which it’s done twice and survived)

    – I can take the CD out and drop it into any other CD drive (including the truck’s radio/mp3 head unit) and continue listening.

    – Battery life is really very good because it caches the music ahead of time, so the CD doesn’t have to be spinning continuously, which also virtually eliminates skips.

  3. David says:

    (Hello again; We spoke at TechEd about Access and the Add-in that I am working on.)

    I can’t speak to a given device directly, but I am pretty convinced that AAC is the best encoding format. MP3 is pretty tired and does a pretty lousy job unless you go really high bit-rate, and even WMA doesn’t sound as good as AAC. That tends to push strongly toward iPod, because that’s the only player worth considering that supports AAC.

    The draw-back then, is iTunes, which I don’t like nearly as well as Windows Media Player. If only WMP supported AAC. I couldn’t even find a way to install a codec that would allow WMP to handle AAC. If you figure that one out, let me know.

  4. Most people I talk to seem to prefer iPod/iTunes for various reasons. I am not sure I will lay out the cash for an iPod, as I want a new wheel for my road bike ($350).

    David, it was great to see you at TechEd. I do you remember you!

  5. Chris,

    I expect you to try out the latest, greatest on this kind of thing.

    Do you still listen to "No Doubt"?

  6. Yeah. I listen to "No doubt", although Gwen’s voice kind of wears on me after two or three songs in a row. It’s not the kind of thing I can listen to for an entire album.

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