Category: Projects

Smart(phone) Controls

I use my phone a lot in the car to listen to music and podcasts. With subsonic I have full access to my entire music catalog which makes it a no brainer to use instead of fooling with CDs.  However I found myself really missing having physical buttons to control pause, play, and track skipping.  Aside from the convenience, it was also a little dangerous for me to be messing with my phone while driving.  Inevitably, I would end up hitting the wrong button, and that would be an even bigger distraction.

I knew headphones were sold that provided some external controls for phones so I did a little digging and came across this post where someone had already solved my problem.

I ordered the parts and when they came in I got my breadboard, alligator cables, etc. and brought it all to McDonald’s and spent … Read More »

– Jamie @ 12:50 PM on Jun 7, 2012
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Devil’s Path

David and I did our annual hiking trip back in September. It was absolutely the hardest terrain we’ve ever covered. We were hard pressed to do seven miles a day. I can only imagine what it would have been like if I hadn’t made significant strides in reducing my pack weight.

In a previous post I wrote about my plans to reduce pack weight. I bought the do-it-yourself G4 pattern from Quest Outfitters. I think a sensible person would have just bought the pre-made pack from Gossamer Gear. The guys in the how-to lightweight backpack books talk about how great it is to make your own equipment, and I guess I drank the Kool-Aid. The problem was I had never sewn anything with a machine; for that matter I didn’t even own … Read More »

– Jamie @ 11:19 AM on Mar 7, 2009

OneNote 2007 – The HTML Importer

Most recently I’ve worked on an HTML importer for OneNote. Originally, I had plans to build a Firefox extension that would allow right clicking on a web page and selecting a “Send to OneNote” option. After doing some initial research I decided that was going to be more effort than I could spare right now. Instead I compromised and built a tool that would work with both Firefox and IE, but the downside is that it is a two step process.

The code I’ve written will be easily adaptable to a Firefox extension if I ever get around to that part of the project. I believe the key will be to take the save complete pages code from chrome://browser/content/contentAreaUtils.js in the core of Firefox and adapt it to the needs of the extension.

Note: In order to use … Read More »

– Jamie @ 6:58 AM on Nov 9, 2006

OneNote 2007 – The Importer

Today I’m going to talk about the general purpose file importer I’ve built, and how it is used to allow for email importing.

Note: In order to use this application you will need to copy JPHOneNoteUtilities.dll into C:\Windows\assembly, or ensure the file is in the same directory as OneNoteImporter.

Let’s look at how OneNoteImporter.cs works. This program looks in the directory specified on the command line for sub-directories. The sub-directories should contain files that are to be included in a OneNote page. A OneNote page will be created for each directory found. The files in this directory can be of any type, but the importer treats certain files differently.

All of the files are embedded into the page along the top. If they exceed a certain width, then they will wrap and form as many rows as is … Read More »

– Jamie @ 7:58 AM on Nov 8, 2006
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OneNote 2007 – Class Library (.dll)

First off, let me say that this is the first .NET / C# coding I’ve attempted to do. So if you see where I’ve done something poorly or have any constructive feedback relating to the code, I’m all ears.

Secondly, I thought it would be helpful to enumerate a few resources that I’ve found useful.

The Unknown OneNote Guy’s Blog
Daniel Escapa
Office 2007 (including OneNote 2007) XML schema
What’s New for Developers in OneNote 2007 (Part 1 of 2)
What’s New for Developers in OneNote 2007 (Part 2 of 2)
W3 Schools XML Tutorial

Okay so let’s dive in. First off when creating your project, make sure you add a reference to the OneNote API. The Unknown OneNote Guys has a nice post on how to do this.

The first thing I did was design a class library with objects and methods for working with the OneNote … Read More »

– Jamie @ 6:30 AM on Nov 7, 2006