Funny thing, though. Every hour or so, it loses 5 or 6 slides. Just dumps them. It’s never the same slides. And I have tried to duplicate the loss but I can’t.
The good news is that I don’t have to give this presentation till Thursday. (See you in Las Vegas at the Urban Land Institute meetings.) The bad news is that this problem is going to haunt me until the presentation is finished. And I already have quite enough pressure, thank you.
As I said to the sympathetic guy sitting beside me on the train yesterday, "If it was 60 minutes to game time, I’d be desperate."
Now, I guess it’s just me. I have searched the internet. No one else appears to be reporting this problem.
But what if it isn’t me? What if many people are having this problem, and they all think "it’s just me."
That would be three things, at a minimum:
1) this is the software scandal of the century. The "go to" software has a hole in it, through which our labor, our slides and our best creative efforts just disappear.
2) Microsoft would have to know about this problem and not have said anything.
3) and this would be the brand scandle of the century, and might be the final blow to a teetering proposition. After all, Google has taken away the Outlook and the browser. There are now good alternatives to the Office Suite. If consumers discovered that they were working with flawed software, who knows what they’d do?
After all, losing slides when you are working under pressure is unpleasant. You are obliged to construct from memory when you are flayed by stress. And everyone writes Powerpoint presentations under pressure. (You have to. It’s a law of the digital world, or something. Clay Shirky has a lecture on it somewhere, I’m sure of it. ) I’m pretty sure they would want to punish Microsoft with an act of complete brand repudiation. (Could it happen to a nicer company?)
I’m hoping that if other people who have suffered mysterious disappearances from their Powerpoint decks, they will share their experiences with me. After all, maybe there are lots of us. In which case, we need to band together. Because you don’t actually need the Office suite to launch a class action suit.