DrQ wrote on 31/07/13 5:00 AM:
> Presentation slides are rapidly becoming the sole archival medium for
> what was presented. But slide decks comprised mostly of pictures of
> rubber bands, lolcatz and a paucity of textual explanation are
> essentially content-free and therefore almost worthless.
Ack. Has a good precedent.
If "Computers/IT Systems are done for a Business Benefit", then _where_
is the Cost/Benefit Analysis of companies for "Productivity" tools like
MS-Powerpoint? This lack of management awareness and engagement in the
basics of their job ("Is this the best way to do this?" "Can we improve
our process?") saddens me.
It also explains why so few 'get' the need for Performance
This 2004 piece referenced a dead-link [below]
Edward Tufte in 2003 cites McNealy as well
" Ever wondered what the Gettysburg Address would have been like had
Abraham Lincoln delivered it via PowerPoint?"
And that site [worth going to last slide, Summary]
Excerpt from an address to the National Press Club (Canberra,
Australia). Wednesday, 9 October 1996
Mr Scott McNealy, President, Sun Microsystems
1. SUN Microsystems was A Really Big Deal, pre-2000
2. "The Network is the Computer" was their slogan
3. In 1996, 1GB drives were still big and expensive. 250MB or smaller
IDE drives in PC's.
[on disk size correction welcome]
============= excerpt, white space added for readability =================
Do we really need more word processors? we did a survey at Sun.
We had 12.9 gigabytes of Powerpoint slides in storage on our disk drives.
Ha ha ha. It freaks me out just to think about.
Do you how many person centuries that is? Of clip-art manipulations?
I banned Powerpoint from our company - I just edicted it.
That's cool - I'm chairman, President, founder, you know, chief cook and
bottle washer there and I just edicted it - I just said "out".
I think we are going to have a pretty good quarter because of that.
I can't say for sure, but I guarantee you - if I just gave everybody
overheads, you know, blank Mila overheads with all the free pens they
wanted - I could drive productivity through the roof,
as opposed to having - I mean you've all seen these overheads that have
14 pieces of clipart, 13 fonts, right hand justified, spell-check, 13
colours and you know your employee is exhausted by the time it finally
comes off the printer.
And do they communicate anything? No.
This is the productivity drain that we see out there in the
marketplace, so the goal here is to not upgrade your PC to get more,
I mean we're going to spend hundreds of billions of dollars for what is
not a zero ROI but a negative ROI.
I guarantee you, your user base will be far more active and far less
productive when you get NT on every desktop.
Its a promise. Its a guarantee. That's the whole deal.
Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915
PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA