So, we all know Microsoft PowerPoint is the spawn of the devil and has been the cause of more wasted hours in the day at business meetings, conferences and product demos (Death by PowerPoint and all that) than just about any other technology since the invention of chalk by Neanderthals so they could sketch GANTT charts on the walls of caves (Cro-Magnons – Opportunity or Threat?) however now it also appears that PowerPoint contains a zero-day vulnerability that can be exploited in all versions of Windows except Windows Server 2003. (Presumably Windows XP is also safe, so there’s another reason for not upgrading: older software cannot run the latest generations of malware and viruses!)

Anyway, it is not just modern businesses that are plagued by PowerPoint, thanks to Peter Norvig (a Director of Research at Google – www.norvig.com ) we now that Abraham Lincoln himself struggled with PowerPoint when he delivered the Gettysburg Address in November 1863. Here’s the preamble to Abe’s speech (and also check out the Speaker Notes on slide 6)…

“Good morning. Just a second while I get this connection to work. Do I press this button here? Function-F7? No, that’s not right. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll have to reboot. Hold on a minute. Um, my name is Abe Lincoln and I’m your president. While we’re waiting, I want to thank Judge David Wills, chairman of the committee supervising the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery. It’s great to be here, Dave, and you and the committee are doing a great job. Gee, sometimes this new technology does have glitches, but we couldn’t live without it, could we? Oh – is it ready? OK, here we go.”

Just follow the embedded link.

 

Gettysburg Cemetery Dedication