WARNING RANT COMING……
To upgrade, or not to upgrade – that is the question
Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of “outdated applications”
Or to take arms against the sea of software vendors
And by opposing them end my continual upgrade nightmare
Or just give in and take all the upgrades.
Not exactly the bard…. So what has brought this on, just a few days ago I wanted to do some very simple tasks on the computer. My morning went like this.
- Upgrade your Flash Player
- Upgrade your Adobe Reader
- Upgrade your Vaio
- Upgrade Java Script
Haven’t done anything yet
- There are Windows updates for you to download
- Update Firefox
- Update Yahoo Mail
- Gmail Update
I accepted no upgrades except Yahoo as this was being forced upon us.
I only wanted to type a letter and send a few emails, ok check Facebook, changes there new feature! Time line blah blah…. Check blog…
- Update WordPress
- Update WordPress Plugins
The point, how much time could I have wasted on this lot, not very productive is it but we are brain washed into thinking that we need to have the latest this that and the other just to keep up.
I’m not a big fan of upgrades unless they either make thing easier for me or introduce features that I really will find useful.
I run Word 2003, it does everything and more than I need at present, tried 2007 which to me is as user friendly as a cornered rat, but I still get the app appearing every so often to run docx files that want me to buy the latest version.
2003 does it all, at least for now and there is also Open Office for ODT files, some companies such as Amazon Kindle do not like the docx format and is not supported on there website.
As far as graphics are concerned I do not run Photoshop, I use Paintshop Pro 5 which is about 10 years old, and again it does everything I need.
So: To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade.
That is the question! Rob….
Julia Helsby says
Ha, right there with you Rob, surely we don’t need to update Adobe every other week! Computers, can’t live with them…
Robert Corrigan says
Right on Julia, just upgrading tonights teas to a chilli!
Steve King says
Some things never change mate 🙂
It’s time we upgraded our meeting frequency, it’s been way too long and over a pint sounds like a good idea too!
Good to see you’re still setting the world to rights…I’m back on the blogging wagon and it seemed only right that my first port of call was to come and see what you’ve been up to.
Maybe we should update ICM…whatcha think?
Jeffery Kasper says
Interesting stuff mate.
I used a big upgrade fanatic and love to get everything in my computer to be updated. Afterwards I would check on what were the changes and pass a great deal on time to learn and understand it. After some years and many updates, I have realized that I was only passing my time in a rather unproductive activity and have wasted a lot of time both while updating and checking them. So I no longer update anything except my virus definition. I am not exited about the new Windows 8 either.
I read the Felix Dennis book – it was quite insightful and he’s had a very interesting life….I was quite surprised at the sacrifices he’s had to make though which puts the entrepreneurial lifestyle in context to some extent. For instance he never had time to start a family, almost as if the path he had chosen was just not compatible. You don’t see many people talk about stuff like that in many other success books but then this was more anecdotal and educational.