Updating operating system software

Any time I wanted to open another program (a dangerous exercise in days before dual-core processors!

) I’d have to minimize all windows before laboriously finding the icon I want.

Are you running the latest operating system on all your work and personal devices? It’s the mental question we ask ourselves every time an updated OS is released. OS creators build and launch new versions that are meant to be better than the previous one, right? Every reason there is one I know has passed through my mind at one point or another. Are these justified detractions from updating to the latest OS, or are these comfortable excuses? Instead, we could spend that time doing something useful. Looking at your regular usage of your devices at work and at home on a daily basis, would you say that there is no room for optimization?

There is always a nagging doubt, though, that my inaction isn’t the smartest choice after all. Why on Earth would we spend time and energy updating a machine’s OS when it’s still running fine? While your system might be ‘running fine’ – that’s not to say that the effort spent in updating it isn’t outweighed by all the hidden efforts we spend to maintain usage of our devices.

After all, most OS updates just add extra features that we don’t really need, don’t they?

It’s a compelling argument, and certainly one I’ve used before.

Of course, updating an operating system is nothing like the same innovation as moving from a horse to a car, but arguing that it has everything we need is similar bluster. Or using keyboard combinations to quickly find and open programs? All would be unimaginable now – or at least would provide significant obstacles to our ability to get work done.

Last modified 19-Nov-2015 05:16