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Tales of Fail: the iTunesU Roadshow

Dear Apple.

iTunesU should be something of an easy sell. However, iTunesU is not KeyPointDemoU or RacistJokesU.  You failed horribly at the Monday night seminar.  The prerehearsed to within a SteveJobsian inch of its life presentation was bordering on bad with the cliche mobile pulling over time as “students” in the video clips aptly repeated the IMC keywords “It creates value for my classes” to “It aids my flexible learning lifestyle” ain’t the language.

iTunesU is an RSS feed podcast aggregator platform. Sell it as such, and I’ll listen.  Put on 90 minutes of craptacular, and I’ll leave early. Particularly during the part where your presenters decided to sell their content by making racists remarks about Nigeria.  That was unacceptable

No love

One really annoyed marketing lecturer

File management: Wrangling 4000 pdf files is not a fun task

I am a digital pack rat. I have 4000+ PDF files as I have a tendency to save to disk rather than print, and I like to build up an archive around my various marketing papers, books and other research. The downside has been that I originally saved files by project keyword (eg telepresence_04), or by paper title (Technology and its impact on polychronic time use). I’ve now migrated to saving by author/year (Price, Leong and Ryan 2005). Renaming the entire library is a task that’s underway in serious earnest (and will result in Smith 2006a to Smith2006z I suspect), and I’m working through various methods to make the management possible.

Currently under trial is the Adobe Bridge software that comes with the professional version of most Adobe packages other than Adobe Acrobat. It’s handling previewing and renaming really well in the first instance, and it looks to be the goods for managing a large PDF library. I can’t understand why it’s not part of the Acrobat Suite, but since I have CS3, I have the whole Adobe toybox.

What I need next is an automated PDF metadata tagger. Scan for keywords (and flag the image only scans I have in the collection), and append a tag cloud the PDF file.

Microsoft Office Out, Sun StarOffice In


I finally caved into the constant pressure from Microsoft, and uninstalled my legally purchased copy of Microsoft Office 2003. There’s a limit to the number of times (less than 50) that the software I paid cash for can tell me that I’m using an unregistered version.

In the years I’ve used legitimate software, Microsoft is far more bothersome when it’s legal, and much less trouble when it’s cracked.  I took to buying a copy, then cracking it, so I had the best of both worlds – legitimacy and functionality.  This time around, when I was politely informed that my genuine copy wasn’t legitimate, I decided to take the hint…

I’m now the proud operator of Sun StarOffice 8 (whilst I consider the jump to Open Office which keeps having installation hassles)

The irony of the fact I’m using Microsoft Windows Live Writer to make this post isn’t lost on me – Microsoft lost a loyal(ish) customer who’s spent over $4000 on Office suites (97, 2000, 2003, 2003 PRO) because their “security” system stopped me from being able to use what I’d bought, and doesn’t do a thing against what I could steal.


StarOffice has more than a few quirks to work through – predictive text is a semi sort of good idea, but that could be terrible if it can’t learn the words I actually use, versus the ones it would like me to use.  There’s a few bugs in the ride, but basically, it opens, shuts, and lets me write.  Something I remember fondly about the old version of Word… before the bouncers wouldn’t let me into the MS Office Club.