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Powerpoint's finest hour?

One of the most common pieces of business software, it's everywhere you go, and badly done, it can be intensely annoying (or mind-numbingly tedious) - and it was Colin Powell's main tool at the UN.

Check out this Guardian piece for a concise history of Powerpoint (without the slides, bullet points and pointless transitions). I have to admit to being surprised to find out that Whitfield Diffie was one of the original authors.

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codepope
Feb. 7th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
Are weapons of mass boredom covered under any conventions?

sbisson
Feb. 7th, 2003 10:47 am (UTC)
I'd better tootle off to Den Haag if they are...
kightp
Feb. 7th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
... and every professor at the university where I work wants his or her precious PP presentation mounted on the Web.

Yeesh.
sbisson
Feb. 7th, 2003 11:12 am (UTC)
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Just wait 'til they Switch and get their hands on Keynote.

Then they'll want to have them framed and displayed in the National Gallery...
major_clanger
Feb. 7th, 2003 01:11 pm (UTC)
Now I love Powerpoint. But then I absolutely refuse to let it tell me what to do. Thank you, little paperclip, but I know how to give a presentation, almost invariably better than you do. And for that matter, most of my powerpoint work has been more in the form of technical lessons rather than management infodumps.

I have certainly seen some very, very bad Powerpoint. (But then I recall plenty of very, very bad OHP presentations. At least Powerpoint mistakes can be easily fixed, whilst bad OHPs just get used over and over.) But I've also seen some very nice examples. It's a tool, and like all tools you have to be taught how to use it properly.

MC
ciphergoth
Feb. 8th, 2003 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh dear, I had no idea that one of my heroes had such a shameful past :-)
teddywolf
Feb. 9th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
MacIntoshes were still pretty respectable in 1987 ;-)
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