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“death by PowerPoint”

I couldn’t resist. Check out this article about “death by PowerPoint” in NYT. It reminds of all my all hours-long turned to day-long struggles with PowerPoint in grad school.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/27powerpoint.html

It is baffling to see how many of our top military and political leaders spend creating or watching PowerPoint presentations. And I thought my stint with PowerPoint was limited to semester-end presentations… Apparently, I was horribly mistaken.

UPDATE 1.0: I was discussing this NYT PowerPoint article with my co-workers and we made quite a few jokes at PowerPoint’s expense. A few of my fav’s:
“At one point I was the Vice Chancellor of PowerPoint” <-- probably only funny to those who work for a University, but I am one of those so I found it hilarious "Power corrupts and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely" UPDATE 1.3: Google that last quote, Power corrupts and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely, and the first search result is a Wired article from 2003 titled "PowerPoint is Evil.”

Others notice that Facebook sucks your life away

I deactivated and deleted my Facebook account over 2 years ago. Many reasons contributed to the decision, but the main reason is that Facebook sucks your face-to-face, real, truly social, not-in-front-of-a-computer life down the cyberspace drain.

Apparently others are starting to notice what a waste of life Facebook can be. NYT has an article that talks about how lots of teens are starting to Defriend Facebook.

Check it out:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/technology/internet/21facebook.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=technology

Vinyl is making a serious comeback

I’ve always known how cool vinyls are, and I’ve always been jealous of those folks with sick vinyl collections and a working turntable. As a little girl, my favorite was the old-school 1950s Bing Crosby Merry Christmas vinyl album. Very, very gently my brother and I would put Bing Crosby on the turntable night after night during the holidays. When the turntable was on its last leg and the vinyl was scratched beyond recognition, it was a sad day for me.

For other vinyl and turntable lovers, check out this article: “Vinyl Record Albums and Turntables are gaining sales.”

Watch out smokers, Apple may not fix your stuff

Whenever I read something about Apple that is negative, or in my opinion it’s negative, I become overwhelmed with my disappointment with Apple.

I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m an Apple supporter & although I am fluent on a Mac and on a PC, I’d take a Mac any day of the week over a PC. So because of my unfaltering support and love for Apple, I truly feel hurt when they do something that makes me disappointed in the company as a whole.

NYT has an article, “Reason to Quit – Apple Warranties Void for Smokers,” that describes that Apple has denied two warranty service for Apple products because of secondhand smoke.

Smoke was not the cause of any of the malfunctions, it was the reason to deny warranty service. Apparently, the presence of Apple products in the homes of smokers is reasonable cause for repair techs to not service the products. The line of reasoning used is that Apple does not require an employee to repair anything deemed hazardous to their health. Nicotine is hazardous to health, so Apple repair employees have the right to refuse service.

The author of the article is highly skeptical of significant danger associated with these Apple products used under smoking conditions. I’m highly skeptical and highly disappointed. I can get over my disappointment with Apple because of my unconditional love, but I really can’t get over my disappointment in the repair personnel. In my opinion, it is absolutely ridiculous. What are they going to do next? Refuse to work on Apple products that have been used by an alcoholic for 5 years? Alcohol is hazardous to health. What about Apple products that have been used next to vehicle exhaust fumes for years and years, like in auto-body shops? What about Apple products that have been used in laboratories with noxious gases? And Apple products that have been systematically exposed to large amounts of carbon monoxide?

Seriously and irrevocably disappointed. Get a life. Do your job. What a complete cop out.