Get With the (OS) Times

I work in the field of Information Technology when I’m not messing with my productivity by blogging to people about cheering up about their meaningless, empty, sexless lives. By the way, light is at the end of the tunnel, friends!

So with the obligatory motivation out of the way, I’d like to talk about one of the things that people keep being afraid of when it comes to technology. I’m talking about an OS upgrade.

Honestly, there are some people who fear an OS upgrade like they would fear having a root canal. Clutching their computers to their chests, they huddle in a corner, fearful of the next best advancement in the OS world. While many others are giddy with anticipation and do such crazy things as put up countdown websites and wait in line for midnight releases, these Luddites of the technology world will do no such leap of faith. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, they say, all the while watching and waiting for the new OS to crash and burn like they said it would.

All I have to say is – hey, it’s not that bad. I like to equate this from going from a small little kiddie pool to the one at the gym. Sure, the water is a bit different, it takes getting used to, and there’s a chance that you might find some kind of nasty surprise floating around when you hop in. But once you get used to it, it’s not that bad. OS upgrades are the same way. Yeah, ok, so they moved around the icons and programs around so you don’t know where anything is. Yeah, fine, so the first few times you try to patch, the computer, if it doesn’t immediately vomit on you, will tell you all your devices need to be reinstalled due to “driver issues”.

But it’s the new stuff! It’s the bleeding edge. It’s so bleeding edge your toes will be bathed in red. Imagine the wonder you will show to your friends as you boot up that latest bit of desktop goodness. You may want to rehearse a couple times with your computer before they arrive – you know, just so that you can see that it won’t be the time it gives you a critical error. You might also want to cover up those scuff marks on your machine that came from the beating you gave it in an attempt to get it to not choke on your favorite website. Heck, even if it doesn’t boot, you can always turn to your snickering buddies, feign a smile and say, “yeah, it has a few bugs still – but that’s technology, and it’s hot!”. Either way, you’ll be the talk of the town.

So the next time you see that shiny new OS, don’t hesitate to just scoop it up right away. After all, practicality and waiting for the first major patch are for the timid. Live in the here and now, or be left behind in the dust with all those boring people who are working quietly at home and able to do their stuff on their old, stuffy operating systems. Use your computer for what it was made for – showing off the best new crap in the flashiest and most obnoxious way possible.

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