Looking Forward to Windows 10

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After spending my workdays dealing with software and computers, the last thing I want to do is sit down in front of my own home PC. Sometimes I just need a break! But, alas, it’s unavoidable: downloading and sharing pictures of my kids, printing stuff for my kindergarten-teacher wife as she gears up for the upcoming school year, and online banking all force me to use my desktop.

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Tech Changes Are Good Changes

ipads and floppiesWhen I was in my teens, my dad used to tell me that when he was a kid, a slice of pizza cost a nickel. I didn’t think much of it. I was getting a slice and a coke for a buck at that time. Not too bad, I thought. Things change. Now as a father myself, I understand what he was trying to tell me. Cost has certainly gone up over the years. Pizza for my sons costs quite a bit more than when I was a kid.

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It’s Only a Matter of Time

Oh, the dreaded laptop failure!computer failure

To be more precise, a Microsoft Windows 8 corruption recently stopped me dead in my tracks. Well, we all know it is not “if” but “when” a hardware failure or software corruption will ruin your day (or your week).

My laptop began life circa “the next best thing–Vista!” Since then, the operating system has been upgraded to Microsoft Windows 7 and then to Windows 8 over a year ago. The hardware has been flawless throughout the years.

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An Obligation to Improve

From 1983 to 2014I remember when I was fresh out of college, Bill (one of the programmers with many years of experience), tried to teach me a life lesson: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I understood his point, but also recognized a danger in that philosophy. In perspective, according to Wikipedia, that saying became popular only in 1977. There is evidence of the counter argument at least 1900 years earlier in a Bible story in which a dude who buries his boss’s assets (the ultimate digging in) is called wicked and lazy because he failed to improve the asset.

Given these opposing pulls, I should not be surprised when I discover a system that is still running the RTM version of SQL 2008 (which should have had Service Pack 3 applied in late 2011). But I am somewhat disappointed. I understand the conflict, but there must be a balance.

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Leaving Your Comfort Zone

leaving comfort zoneI have a confession to make: although I work for a software development company, I am not a geek, and I don’t like change in either my hardware or software. Some months ago, I needed a new smartphone. I know people who get excited about new smartphones. But even after I chose a new one, and held my new phone in my hand, I could only fret about how it was different from my last phone. Of course, I got used to it (rather quickly as it turns out). Then, recently, I got my very first tablet. Again, my reaction was to stress about how I don’t know how to do everything I want on my tablet–“but it’s so easy on my smartphone!” Hmmm, I think I see a pattern here.

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