2013 Synergy Newsletter


Why the Latest Isn’t Always the Greatest

IPhone 5s, Windows 8, the new version of IE - why not get the latest and greatest, right?  


Well, it might be a good idea to think twice. Sometimes holding off for a week or two might save you time and a headache or heartache, depending on how your body reacts to
adversity. Even if you are good at learning new technology, going with the latest may still be a challenge.


The pitfalls are lurking like spam; press on the wrong link and down the rabbit hole you go. Sometimes the Internet Explorer plug-ins, like the Adobe Reader or custom add-ins won’t work right away and need to be re-installed.  When Windows 7 came out, many people that worked at my prior employer insisted on getting the 64-bit version of the operating system. Little did they know some of the core business applications were not available to install on a 64-bit OS. In addition, Microsoft Office 64-bit had its own challenges.

When the new IPhone IOS 6 came out, I decided to wait a little bit. That turned out to be a very smart move. From talking to other friends that went ahead and updated their phones, I found out that the new Apple Maps app did not work properly and the replacement YouTube app wasn’t even available. If a backup of the system was not kept from before the update I would have lost all my YouTube favorites. I also heard reports of other app issues as well, that needed to be reconfigured or re-setup.


The only exception might be software or OS updates. Usually Adobe Reader, Java and Windows OS critical updates are released periodic that address security risks. I would read up on those updates when possible, but will typically go ahead and update the software immediately. Always perform a Restore Point when updating a Windows OS. If you need further assistance performing this task, you can refer to the following web page: