Wma to Mp3 a folder in one command line

I have some albums that were ripped in wma form (yes a shame I know) and have since lost the original CDs. I wanted them converted into mp3 so my collection remains consistent and they also could work in my car.

So this would be a command to run in a folder filled with .wma files. This keeps the names but not the tags so be sure to use something like easytag to fill them after.
for i in *.wma ; do mplayer -vo null -vc dummy -af resample=44100 -ao pcm:waveheader “$i” && lame -m j -h –vbr-new -b 320 audiodump.wav -o “`basename “$i” .wma`.mp3″; done; rm -f audiodump.wav
Reencoding from a lossy to another lossy format is a bad idea. Only use it if no other option remains.

Docx files in Office 2003

If you, like many of my clients regularly receive files from partners that have already upgraded to microsoft office 2007 have the annoyance that the files are always saved in the docx format (because people don’t go to the trouble to Save as office 2003) then you probably think that it’s time to upgrade. Right? Wrong! There is an easier sollution – not to mention a lot cheaper. Go to the microsoft website and download the

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats

This pack will allow your existing Office 2003 installation to open files in the newer formats. Problem solved !

Well there is another sollution, but this one is a bit more complicated but better on the long run. Just migrate to Open Office! It’s free, it’s open and can read the new formats introduced by Office 2007.