Thursday, September 18, 2008

Are we done with slide presentations yet?

Back in the day, the mention of watching a slideshow of so-and-so's vacation sent the masses scrambling. What does that tell us about the nature of slide-shows?

I'm not sure about other industries, but the "Power Point" presentation is getting VERY old in my world.

Back in the mid-90's when I was in college, using a newfangled slide presentation was the coolest thing ever! Those spoiled rich kids with the fancy 486 laptop's made my overhead projection presentation look really bad.

Fast-forward about 13 years. I've sat through so many slide presentations that I don't even listen to them anymore. For years now, whenever I've gone to a meeting where slides are used, I look around and everyone has brought their laptop so they can goof around during the boring presentation.

Now the trend is to have meetings that are "closed-laptop", and now, interestingly, people look for any and every reason not to show up. If a conference call line is available, or if the meeting will be "webcast" then forget about people showing up.

I don't know what's next, what will overtake these boring slide presentations, but I'll probably be asleep during the meeting that announces it.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

10 years!!

After 10 years and 5+ "downsizings" at Novell, this is my loyalty reward.

I guess these days with a technology company, and knowing that most people move around the industry a lot to gain experience and salary increases, I should be getting something like this.

Funny words

Yesterday Sasha was watching Super Why on morning TV and there is an "orge" that comes on regularly and when I came in the room, I asked Sasha, "What's that?", and she replied, "It's a 'yogurt'. He's a nice 'yogurt'."

I never thought of the similarity between "orge" and "yogurt", but hey, I was a nerdy sci-fi kid who studied ogre legends and lore.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Follow this Blog!

Ok friends and family, you can now officially follow this blog! Look over on the left hand column and you'll see where it says "follow this blog". Click on it and follow instructions. It's simple, easy and doesn't hurt a bit.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Try This

This is a fun little typing test you can try out.

73 words


This is Randy's

79 words