too much typing—since 2003


slides too narrow?

David Byrne vs. Edward Tufte vs. PowerPoint: I'd say both are correct. I particularly like Byrne's notion that "software constraints are only confining if you use them for what they're intended to be used for ." Very Eno-esque. But surely, no one should be surprised that software oriented to business is guilty of dumbing-down. In a real-life Office Space moment, my brother-in-law worked with a guy who, for nine months, got paid for "working" two the expedient of showing up at one office in the morning, laying his jacket over his chair, turning on the computer...and then leaving for the office where he actually worked. He'd return in the evening to collect his coat and shut down his computer, muttering to anyone who'd see him about "pointless meetings eating up the day." Efficiency!

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