Preventing interrupted presentations in Windows Vista... I have two words for you ... "SIGN OUT!!!!"
Nick White says:
"I know you've been there: you're giving a presentation and, having previously left a Windows Messenger window open, up pops a messages from one of your buddies. You lose both your audience and your train of thought. Not a comfortable place to be, especially if your buddy happens to say something more appropriate for an audience of one (you) than your current one!"
Actually, I haven't been there. I sign out of any IM clients before I expose my desktop to the world. I am not responsible for the end result if my correspondent leaves his Messenger Status as ONLINE *and* AVAILABLE when he is in a meeting or giving a presentation. I'm not a gawd-damned mind reader. To remain signed into any Messenger client when you're giving a live presentation to an audience, or when in a meeting that should not be interrupted, is the height of UNprofessionalism.
You're giving a presentation or you're in a meeting? A professional signs out of IM before he hooks up his laptop and exposes his desktop to the world or goes into that important meeting, and he sure as hell doesn't criticise his correspondents for daring to interrupt him during something so important if he was silly enough to *not* go offline.
Is it any wonder I refuse to use Messenger unless my correspondent pings me first? Is it any wonder I get *very* pissed off if a correspondent says "oops, sorry, I'm busy, really can't talk, I'm in a meeting, gotta go" if I ping them when they're *apparently* available in IM? Guess what guys. I'm a busy person too. If you are marked as *available* on IM or Skype, then that's what I take as reality. If you've not adjusted your status to reflect your reality, that's not my problem.