October 31, 2005

Aggressive Acrobat

In the hope that this might help someone else out there:

I installed Adobe Acrobat Professional some time ago and ever since then have had this annoying new toolbar show up in Microsoft Word and Excel. Customizing the toolbar would work fine for that session but when I'd re-start Excel or Word again that annoying “Create PDF” toolbar would re-appear, driving me crazy--a sort of toolbar zombie. So, here's the trick that I stumbled across: Go here (in OS X): “/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Office/Startup” and navigate to the app folder you're interested in modifying. In each folder was an acrobat plug-in. Rid of that and all's well.

Posted by Pedraum at 02:29 PM |

You Like Us...

You really like us. It's such a relief to able to talk about stuff I've been working on. I didn't work on the iTunes Videos stuff but my team did launch the ability to sell iPods within the iTunes client. Launch iTunes and go to the iTunes Music Store. Click on a brick that asks “Which iPod Are You?” and you'll see what's been keeping my busy for the past two months.

Written while groovin' to Genevieve from the album “Soul Mosaic” by Greyboy

Posted by Pedraum at 09:35 AM |

October 30, 2005

Product Demos

Good advice about making sure the product is the star of a presentation, not you.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:51 AM |

October 29, 2005

Anoop Dog

Speaking of viral video sharing services...

If you have a lot of chest hair,
Show it like a FOB*,
Immigration coming to get you,
Marry like a FOB...

Posted by Pedraum at 01:13 PM |

Bust a Move I Will

Yoda's got mad skillz yo...and he does it to a Roots beat no less. Hey, anyone else noticing this Google video thing taking off yet?

Posted by Pedraum at 01:07 PM |

October 27, 2005

Two Chinese Guys

If you haven't been sent the link of the two Chinese guys singing a cheesy pop song, don't worry you will (Props to Oliver for getting it to me first). Here's a pile of others they've done. Welcome to the latest internet meme.

Posted by Pedraum at 04:17 PM |

My Other Babies...UK launches today

Domestic or imported? I've got one of the etched HogPods for those that are interested to check it out...props to Brian Warshawsky for hooking it up (Illustrator skillz yo) and getting publisher approval so quickly.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:13 AM |

October 26, 2005

John Peel's Record Collection

His most prized 7“ records revealed. Some of you will find this waaay more interesting than others. You know who you are.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:51 PM |

October 25, 2005

Chat The Walk Away

So I start chatting with Mark (in this case) and the walk away, meeting with someone outside my office typically. Mark does not enjoy this. Mark lets this be known by writing random nonsense...that he makes up. Today's was too good not to let y'all enjoy:

MarkT: that's what I thought but then I read the novel he wrote when he was in Chile in 1973
MarkT: I know, it's like -- I have 1000 MP3's already! Tell me something new!
MarkT: It goes 0 to 60 fast, but it's really bumpy. At least that's what Jake told me
MarkT: And I'm all -- I know ice cream. This DOES NOT TASTE LIKE ICE CREAM you jerk!
MarkT: Brenda's not going to exercise her options because she heard a rumor that the CFO is going to quit next Wednesday
MarkT: Mr. Taylor gave me a “D” on the whole exam just because he couldn't read my name!
MarkT: he looks much better since his operation -- but he's still walking funny

Written while groovin' to May-December from the album “Black On Both Sides” by Mos Def

Posted by Pedraum at 03:52 PM |

Yahoo!'s Music Prices...

They just doubled...weird, no press release for that one?

Posted by Pedraum at 08:20 AM |

October 21, 2005

New Toy


My Martin 000C-16SRNE arrived today and she's a beauty. Forgive me while I slow down in writing for a few days and enjoy the fruits of my labor...

Posted by Pedraum at 04:36 PM |

Piggy Snax

Props to Michael for pointing us to cute pictures of what you're about to eat...The Sneeze - Half zine. Half blog. Half not good with fractions.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:23 AM |

October 19, 2005

Time and 'The Smartest“ People

They have some insightful comments...but the smartest people?

Posted by Pedraum at 12:20 AM |

October 18, 2005

SJ talks

“Our goal is to stand at the intersection of technology and the humanities.” Read the whole article here...

Posted by Pedraum at 11:00 AM |

October 15, 2005

Air Guitar

If I could play real guitar half as good as this guy plays the air guitar I'd be a better guitar player.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:15 PM |


To understand your OS X, you gotta know where you came from.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:09 PM |

October 14, 2005

Hammer, Don't Hurt the Stock Price

My buddy Payam sat next to MC Hammer (he's called 'Hammer; these days btw) on a plane once and made friends. Hammer invited Payam and his wife Gouya to his box seats to see Prince live that night and it was, apparently, rad (whilst at the same time surreal). Hammer's known to be the nicest man in the world-to a fault (Behind the Music anyone?) but it still doesn't explain what he was doing at the Google-plex?

Posted by Pedraum at 01:01 PM |

October 13, 2005

Copacabana Flavoured Hip Hop

From Brazil with love.

Posted by Pedraum at 05:21 PM |


They like us.

Written while groovin' to Female Demands from the album “One Word Extinguisher” by Prefuse 73

Posted by Pedraum at 11:42 AM |

October 12, 2005

Don't Be Evil

Be good instead.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:00 PM |

Busy Orchards

I've been running pretty hot here at work. Harry Potter kept me (and keeps me) busy along with other things that I, of course, can't talk about. The announcements today, for that may have missed it, were:

1) New iMac with iSight built in, remote control, and FrontRow media application (did someone say digital living room?). SJ put up our remote control (with its 6 buttons) and juxtaposed it against Windows Media Center's remote (with 46 buttons). “This is what distinguishes Apple”. Indeed.
2) New iPod with video in 30GB and 60GB models. Swanky.
3) iTunes 6.0 (released 5 weeks after 5.0 launched) now has gifting (props Debra, Sabine and Payam), music videos, shorts and TV shows. Yes, TV shows. Much will be written about this I'm sure. Robert Iger from Disney was there to talk on stage about how happy he is about this relationship with Apple (as he continues to hope for a continued one with Pixar. Props to Disney/ABC for being the first to crack the hull of the old school TV media model (Yes, TiVo deserves props too as they are old skool).
4) Herbie Hancock was in the audience and Wynton Marsalis shredded with his band at the end.

Rock on.

Written while groovin' to Magnetizing (Featuring Del Tha Funkee Homosapien) from the album “So How's Your Girl...” by Handsome Boy Modeling School

Posted by Pedraum at 02:52 PM |

October 10, 2005

Album Covers

Album covers so bad they're goo...really bad.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:58 PM |

October 07, 2005

Babies that look like their fathers

There's a theory that babies look like their fathers when they are born to help with the attachment between infant and father. Dad hasn't had the “advantage” of baby in the belly for 9 months and were it not for this, it has been theorized, fathers would be ditching their babies like crazy: “This baby looks nothing like me. I'm out of here!”. Thanks to the obsessive compulsive research of Mark Towfiq (spawned from a VC cocktail party conversation and most likely performed on his Treo) comes this research debunking that theory. Carry on.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:51 AM |

Resetting Power Managament Unit

I'm hoping this helps someone else as it recently helped me. Go forth Google and index this like the wind:

If your bluetooth module is not available, as indicated by a “Bluetooth: Not available” message in the bluetooth menu bar, then try the following:

Shutdown the powerbook and disconnect everything.
Hold the ctrl-alt-shift buttons, then push the power button.
Release all buttons.
Wait 5 secs.
Boot up the machine.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:40 AM |

October 05, 2005

The Doors

One of my college roommates, Brain Cogert, was the biggest Doors fan I've ever known. He really introduced me to their back-catalog and I've dug them since. I dig their drummer, John Densmore, a lil bit more after reading about his iron-clad integrity. He admits that he might look at differently if he weren't receiving mechanical royalties from Doors hits...he asks his band-mates “what is it you want to buy?” when they call him and try to convince him to sell out, again.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:58 PM |

Malcolm Writes

I read.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:37 PM |

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