Recently found … 04/28/2010

  • tags: powerpoint, communication, tools, presentations

    • “PowerPoint makes us stupid,”
    • “It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” General McMaster said in a telephone interview afterward. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”
    • behind all the PowerPoint jokes are serious concerns that the program stifles discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision-making. Not least, it ties up junior officers — referred to as PowerPoint Rangers — in the daily preparation of slides
    • As recounted in the book “Fiasco” by Thomas E. Ricks (Penguin Press, 2006), Lt. Gen. David D. McKiernan, who led the allied ground forces in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, grew frustrated when he could not get Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the commander at the time of American forces in the Persian Gulf region, to issue orders that stated explicitly how he wanted the invasion conducted, and why. Instead, General Franks just passed on to General McKiernan the vague PowerPoint slides that he had already shown to Donald H. Rumsfeld, the defense secretary at the time.
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    • this produced the first Google Book Settlement in 2008, out of which Google Books was born. Google Books was a much expanded vision from Google Book Search, and with some exceptions it gave the company a retroactive license to digitize any book registered in the United States before 2009, and any book published before 2009 in the UK, Australia, and Canada. Yes, you read that right. In exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money, Google can now digitize pretty much any book published in the English-speaking world before 2009. Due to various complaints, a new version of the GBS was produced in 2009 (often called GBS 2.0), and that version adds a lot of interesting kinks to the situation.
    • GBS 2.0 has not yet been approved

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