Do I Really Have to Upgrade Mr. Gates?
Thursday, January 06, 2011
So – who is this alien that has invaded my body. I used to be one of those people who would heartily embrace change. So what happened to that person? Where is the person who would say “A new version – bring it on. Let me see what has been improved and what has been changed (maybe for the better.)” Now I am at – “prove it.” Prove to me that what you did is better than what I had. Prove to me that the anguish of an upgrade (and the risk to my data) is worth all that you have hyped it to be. Prove to me that this is worth my time and effort.
And that is it in a nutshell. We all have limited time. I sure don’t have time to spend hours not only updating my software, but then testing the results. At the same time, I don’t want to be left behind as technology advances. So what do I do?
I check my sources. I check the blogs, the internet, and more importantly those trusted friends (and even some relatives – should they be trusted) who seem to be on the cutting edge of change (and maybe have more time – and usually more expertise than I) for what they recommend. (Should I mention now that I am still running Windows XP on my laptop?) And then I punt. Sometimes I will just take the leap of faith – for example I never doubt those Microsoft IE, Adobe Acrobat or Mozilla Firefox upgrades, and in fact almost always let them have their way with me. But then there are those others – including the very software with which I work on a daily basis – it’s prove it time folks – and I put them through their paces.
So why the difference? Well in some cases (no names here) do we really have a choice? It’s upgrade or lose functionality. With others, we are given a calmer, more rational approach. Try this one now – or wait and we’ll test it with others – new clients with less to lose. Once we work out the bugs, we’ll let you know and you can upgrade then or wait until the last possible minute, before we pull the plug on your older defunct version. And it’s with those I have the hardest time making up my mind. They almost make it too easy, too deliberate, too long of a process and so, like so many others, I avoid the change.
So maybe I’m just getting older. Or maybe, I’m just needing that nudge to make the decision, to take the leap, to try the new. What do you think?