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My career is taking a turn for the worse. No doubt some of you consider that getting paid to bash off 750 ill-judged and frequently inaccurate words every Friday morning about one’s inability to use a computer correctly is an obstacle that you might suffer to stumble over as you stagger along your own rocky career path. I’m …

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  1. Andrew Moore
    Coat

    Hmmmm....

    I wonder what the fear of PowerPoint presentations is? Exousiastigmiphobia?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Coat

      Re: Hmmmm....

      Dunamaichmophobia.

      It is derived from the Greek Dunamis (power/action, Ancient Greek: δύναμις) aichmē (point) and phobos (fear).

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

        Re: Hmmmm....

        I wonder what the fear of PowerPoint presentations is? Exousiastigmiphobia?

        Experience? Entirely sensible self-preservation? Garberphobia (after the lady who coined the death by PowerPoint phrase)?

        Or howabout Illiteraphobia - the fear that the presenter thinks you're illiterate and so has to patiently read every word of every slide that he has like a script, without actually adding anything to it?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is this one of the (many) reasons El Reg is not allowed

    to any Apple press / product announcements?

  3. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

    Don McMillan

    Reminds me of the classic Life after Death by PowerPoint

    1. John H Woods

      Re: Don McMillan

      Thanks Don,

      One for the collection - along with such gems as:

      http://norvig.com/Gettysburg/

      http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0001yB&topic_id=1

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Don McMillan

        The solution to powerpoint:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlDWRZ7IYqw

  4. Ugotta B. Kiddingme
    Coffee/keyboard

    most excellent

    "...incomprehensible phonetic English that would make Bengali call-centre staff sound like David Niven."

    well done, good sir. I should have known better than to be drinking hot coffee whilst reading your missive. My sinus cavities and monitor are rather the worse for it.

  5. Terry Cloth

    Someone speaks with forkéd tongue

    Examining the eminent Mr Dabbs's 2010 interview with Features Exec[1], we find the exchange:

    Q: Do you find press conferences, trips, parties and other events useful or an interruption?

    A: They are always useful.

    Ahem.

    @Mrs B J Smegma: In the same location, we find him noting he was the first non-U.S. journo to test the original iMac, so 'twas not always thus.

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    [1]http://www.featuresexec.com/bulletin/interview_article.php?id=11689

  6. gromm

    So what you're saying is...

    So, giant corporations *aren't* trying to bribe the press with hookers and blow?

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