The indiscrete startup screen

Customizing your startup screen is easy. Just add your favorite family or vacation photo to the gallery of pictures, select it as your start-up screen, and you are done! People do it all the time on their phone, revealing their intimate friends, their own narcissistic proclivities, or their taste for natural landscape. The default screen set by the manufacturer of your computer does not reveal anything about you. I can’t imagine hundreds of millions of Mac users express their love for El Capitan, a rock from the cretaceous age located in the American Yosemite National park. Likewise Windows 10 users may not care all that much about the 3D translucent glass frame diffusing an ethereal blue light.

The situation changes when you use your own computer to present your slides. Either when you quit your presentation or when you set it up, you will probably reveal something about you through the custom start-up screen. From the point of view of the audience, we are all curious about who the presenter is… and may enjoy that insight into the life of the presenter. But would you? I’m sure the cat you are cuddling won’t mind, but would the person next to you on the picture mind at all?

Unless this is your will, it is best to be conservative and change your custom start-up screen to the default one before you present to a large audience on your computer. Hey, do you like my friend? – he is a riot! I put him on my startup screen. Now, what do you think of me…




Author: Jean-Luc Lebrun

This century: Writer on Scientific writing skills and scientific presentation skills, MC for scientific events, Podcaster, Radio Consultant, Trainer for Research Institutes in Engineering and Life Sciences, Singapore, and in European doctoral schools, as well as in South East Asia Universities. Last Century: Apple Computer, Advanced Technology Group, Technology Information manager. Then Director of the Apple-ISS Research Centre - a joint venture between Apple Computer and the National University of Singapore. Producer of TV program on IT for Singapore Channel 5.