Scott Hanselman

Outlook2RSS - Outlook Folders to RSS Feeds

February 12, '03 Comments [4] Posted in Web Services | XML
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So, I took Peter Drayton's slick Google2RSS and made my own Outlook2RSS.  I'm running it as part of the Task Scheduler and creating RSS feeds for Outlook Folders and Exchange Public Folders (cuz nobody looks in Public Folders, right?) ala:

Outlook2RSS.exe -folder "Public Folders\All Public Folders\For Sale" -title "Corillian - For Sale" -desc "Corillian Employee Stuff for Sale" -link "http://computername/RSSFeeds/CorillianForSale.xml" -outfile "path/CorillianForSale.xml"

The format for the -folder parameter is just a backslash delimited string with like folder1/folder2/folder3, just as Outlook displays it.  For Exchange users, you'd do something like: -folder "Mailbox - Scott Hanselman\Inbox\Spam" or "Public Folders\All Public Folders\For Sale."

I'm using it as a Very Poor Man's Outblog [regrets to Ingo :) ] to publish specific project folders and my Status Updates to my boss from my personal Outlook stash to RSS Feeds.  Any MailItems or Posts in an Outlook Folder will show up in the RSS Feed. Maybe I'll add to what little I did with support for graphics, etc...a client side "pull" model of OutBlog, or make it an Outlook Add-In.

Note #1: Make sure you have the Office XP Primary Interop Assemblies (PIAs) and Outlook running on any box you use this on.  

Note #2:  The feeds it creates MAY look odd on NewsGator v0.9, but Greg has fixed this for v1.0.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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WS-I Basic Profile, Baby - If you don't know, you better ask somebody!

February 12, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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"If you're an infrastructure player and don't buy into the WS-I group, don't even show up--we won't do business with you," Merrill Lynch CTO John McKinley said in reference to the Web Services Interoperability Organization, a standards group led by Microsoft and IBM to make sure competing Web services software can communicate.

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All the Distributed News that's Fit to Print - by Ingo Rammer

February 12, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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Distributed .NET Newsletter.
Early next week, I'll send out the first issue of my free "Distributed .NET Newsletter".

This bi-weekly newsletter contains real world tips and tricks about .NET Remoting, Web Services and EnterpriseServices, and design guidance for distributed applications. You'll also find the occasional pointers to other free resources like white papers, patterns&practices documents or other great samples on the web.

You can subscribe to the newsletter in HTML or plaintext format at http://www.ingorammer.com/contact/Newsletter.aspx.
[Ingo Rammer's DotNetCentric]

When Ingo speaks about Remoting, I listen - you should to.

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FAQ About Raising Multilingual Children

February 11, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Africa
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Since my wife is Zimbabwean Ndebele (a "clicking language") and speaks a variant of Zulu, part of the South African Bantu Langauges, as well as French, and I have dabbled in Spanish, Ethiopian Amharic and the tiniest smidges of Hindi and Arabic, I've always expected to raise our kids multilingual.  At the LEAST I'd like them to be involved in an immersion school, and ideally I'd like my wife to speak Ndebele to them while they are young.  Some folks poo-poo the idea, figuring What's the use? 

I've asked a number of multilingual friends how they raised their little polyglots and I got the largest (and certainly best thought out) response from my friend Milind Pandit.  So, with his permission I've posted "Milind Pandit's FAQ About Raising Multilingual Children."   It's very well thought out, and certainly pertinent considering that hispanics now outnumber Blacks as the largest minority, the frequency of interracial and intercultural marriages is exploding, and people are starting to realize that being mono-lingual just doesn't cut it any more.

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Mentioning a buddy's site considered harmful?

February 11, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Musings
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Here's an interesting problem I think I'm faced with.  A buddy of mine who owns a fantastic Ethiopian Restaurant here in Portland, OR is having a Jazz Dinner event.  I was going to post a note about it in my blog, but then I realized, that if I post a note about this single event, with the way that google and blogs work that my blog could theorectically (and easily) find itself HIGHER than my buddy in a Google Search for my buddies restaurant!  I know we've all been surprised to find ourselves high in Google for some queries...and certainly some larger companies have been "hurt" by bloggers saying "Company X sucks" in their blogs enough time that Google believes it's true?

Am I right, and can I indirectly hurt someone's smaller site by mentioning it here?

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