Upgrade and suffer the consequences

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 7.14.18 PMNEVER UPGRADE TO VERSION X.0.1 OF ANYTHING!

Every time I forget this Rule of Technology, my technology gives me plenty of reminders. Here are a handful of such reminders from yesterday (a Sunday, not a heavy day of computer use):

  • iTunes can only play one song before it  freezes and I have to force quit the program.
  • iPhoto declines to transfer photos from my iPad, it prefers to crash and die.
  • Skype no longer opens, no matter what I do.
  • FinalCutPro X freezes when doing pretty much anything.
  • Microsoft Word has now taken to forgetting what I’m working on whenever I ask it to save what I’m working on. It gives me the spinning beach ball, I give it the finger.

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 7.15.24 PMAll these problems are things that were not a problem before upgrading to the “newest best” Mac OS 10.10.1. I have a MacBook Pro 15 Retina that is only 6-months old, so it’s not the hardware that’s the problem. The problem is trust.

The problem is that I trusted that this newest best OS would work for me and my new-ish best-ish machine. I trusted that the newest best version of iTunes would, y’know, play music or something. I trusted that upgrading my stuff would make it upgraded, but stuff like this never really works out. The reason for this is that by upgrading I moved myself from the cutting edge to the bleeding edge.

It used to be that companies would employ strict Q&A cycle to test and validate/resolve things before they went out to the public. Now that is rarely really the case. Having worked for Silicon Valley tech, I saw the shift from the inside. I know why it happened, I can see why my update was a stupid idea. And yet… I still forget sometimes. With the start of the New Year and a pretty new computer, I thought I’d just knock it out and move on.


So, now I won’t forget for a while. The exercise of writing this post will hopefully hammer it home for years to come. Hopefully reading this will remind you a little longer too.