When I looked up the title, I was presented with hundreds of quotes. Apparently, “sometimes you have to laugh” is a feeling expressed throughout time by just about everybody. I liked one of the first ones mentioned:
“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.”
― Abraham Lincoln
That seemed to fit my mood as I was being inspired for this post. Allow me to set the stage:
One of our younger employees had to create a presentation about a subject near and dear to the company I work for. By the way, I noticed that I had neglected to migrate the “About Me” widget when I moved this blog to WordPress. I’ve corrected that, but for those that don’t know, I am VP Information Services at American Nuclear Insurers (yeah, the IT Guy). Anyway, the subject of the presentation was Three Mile Island and he had seen a few presentations by others in our company on that subject so he wanted to build on that good work. That good work was mainly completed before we installed SharePoint. He’s a nice guy, and several of us wanted to help. My contribution was to search the K: Drive for ‘*.ppt* – Don’t try this in your organization.
I found several examples of the content my colleague was looking for. Along the way, I found other good presentations that I can’t remember seeing before. I made a few notes and I started thinking about a plan to recover those. I also found some curious stuff that made me laugh. I thought I’d share these given that it’s a holiday weekend here in the States and who wants to really think hard about SharePoint. Note to my coworkers: These were all created by former employees.
This truly was a bad slide. This was a slide I would never want to see in a presentation. Why somebody thought to save this bad slide is beyond me. Maybe they felt we needed an example of what not to do.
We have tons of these. Most of them are what you might expect, the first few moments of a presentation’s life that got trapped in amber when someone popped in and said “you want to go grab lunch?” You know what happens next. You hit the ‘X’ – the warning appears – you think “I don’t want to think about this now” and you press the ‘Save’ button.
This has nothing to do with blast, blasting, blasted or Three Mile Island. Also, there’s no apparent reason why this might be the 29th in a series.
I like this. This would be a great name for a template. “Here’s your next presentation.” Is that what someone was thinking? Uh, no.
Male readers will understand why I didn’t want to open this presentation. Fortunately, it wasn’t named for medical reasons. Curiously, I couldn’t see why anyone picked the letters ‘PSA’ to describe the content.
Like I said earlier, we have tons of these.
This presentation was actually holding the photos for Appendix A of something, although it isn’t clear what body the appendix belonged to. The .ppt extension helps explain, because I think that was from the time before Office applications were capable of adequately handling graphics. Power Point was always pretty good with graphics so it was often used as a storage mechanism for pictures. Not sure why we needed more than one copy though.
My best guess is that the owner of this presentation was experimenting with different themes. Maybe 6 was the magic number (no evidence of testPresentaions 1 through 5). Again in fairness, I don’t know when PowerPoint began supporting multiple themes within the same presentation so maybe this was just the way things had to be. I also don’t know why anyone thought they should keep this.
No clue as to what Part-1 was, the subject was hinted at but the single slide in this presentation didn’t appear to be an opening slide, at least not a good opening slide.
This might be an indication of early collaboration. Although they weren’t found in the same directory, the content of Title.ppt and Part2.open.ppt, combined with my knowledge of the owners lead me to believe that these were two people who were working on the same subject. This might be my fault. In the era of departmental share drives, only employees of a given department had access. There was a common share drive, but it quickly became a digital landfill and couldn’t effectively be used for collaboration. These nascent bits of a collaborative presentation would have been combined later via 10 or 20 emails. OK, this one’s on me.
This is offered just to prove that it isn’t just my former coworkers who were periodically challenged to effectively use one of the few bits of metadata actually available at the time. We received this presentation from a foreign reinsurer.
Offered as evidence as to why we need things like SharePoint.
I wish my readers in the US a happy Memorial Day. I hope everyone reading this has a great weekend, and if you ever served in the military in the defense of freedom, Thank You!