I subscribe to a number of news letters about Java and Oracle and the people that run them seem to think that I want to listen to boring recordings of podcasts that were given by people who don’t understand the phrase Death by Powerpoint. There is a whole movement around this supposed content.

Podcasts are a poor, slow medium compared with the written word. I have lost count of how many times I have come out of an hours-long meeting to discover that the whole thing could be put on half a sheet of paper with a couple of bullet points. Why should podcasts be any different?

We have very powerful senses that can take in huge amounts of information very quickly if it is presented in a reasonably coherent way.

Don’t get me started on powerpoint – it’s a dangerous and poor medium for anything technical.