Chapter 4. Choosing When to Make A Transition and How


A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

 --The Tao Te Ching

I miss viewgraphs. They had lots of shortcomings compared to PowerPoint, sure, like you couldn't undetectably edit them on the fly to fix a flaw discovered just before you presented, thereby making you look like you knew what you were talking about all along, but, viewgraphs provided one great feature for audiences. Audience members could walk into a presentation and immediately get a good idea of what they were in for, depending on the thickness of the presenter's slide deck. You have no such warnings today, unless the presenter has been merciful enough to number the slides in that "Slide 1 of N" format. Only then do you know whether to get a cup of coffee or a hotel reservation before the show.

A colleague of mine is known for lengthy slide shows. Although you're expected to look at the title of the talk on the first slide, the audience is locked on the bottom corner that reads, "1 of 173." That's not an exaggeration. His claim is that some slides are simply pictures and others are tables for the audience to take home to refer to later, so they don't count. Also, because he presents to both extremes of the technologically literate scale of audiences, rarely do all the slides get used.

What You'll Learn

Getting your head wrapped around what it means to make the transition to IPv6 is like those old viewgraph decks. You walk into the transition and the ...

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