You gotta hand it to the WWW. There is no shortage of news, opinion, perspective, link bait, and personal stories that rub against the grain of progress. One that caught my eye this week came from noted technologist David Gewirtz who recounted a small town story about Windows.
Be careful how you respond to questions when you’re the new kid on the block.
Neighbor One had asked my plans for the day, and I explained I was about to go in and start testing a review product using a Windows 10 VPN.
Uh oh. You know where this is going, right?
That got him started on a rant about Microsoft, Windows, Amazon, Jeff Bezos’ peccadillos, the President, whether Tilly is getting too much screen time on Star Trek, and then all the way back to Windows 7. He doesn’t want to upgrade to Windows 10.
Another neighbor joined the conversation and he didn’t appreciate Microsoft’s efforts with Windows 10 “being shoved down our throats.”
I like Windows 7, why should I pay to move to Windows 10?
I have a similar experience. Yes, I keep up with Apple’s latest updates. A neighbor down the street has an older iMac and said much the same thing:
I really like Mac OS X Snow Leopard, so, why should I upgrade to macOS Mojave?
The world continues to move forward; maybe not always forward, as the 2016 election indicates, but forward is the general form of human advancement. Through the years I’ve learned that incremental and iterative changes and adjustments in everything are far better and easier to manage and maintain than quantum leaps.
Windows 7 to Windows 10 is a big leap. Mac OS X Snow Leopard, arguably one of the better Mac OS versions in this century, creates a big leap to macOS Mojave.
Gewirtz’s neighbor worried that he would be forced to pay to upgrade to Windows 10, but that’s a non-issue for Mac users.
Unless your Mac is so old it won’t make the upgrade, and if that’s the case, money is involved. That’s the price of change.
Windows 10 was designed with a much deeper level of security in mind. Windows 10 is very different internally from Windows 7. Windows 10 was developed for the modern computing world, with all the threats and issues we face every day.
Similarly, macOS continues to advance, and whether you appreciate all the effort that has gone into each incremental, iterative version, the latest and greatest is really quite good. I give it a few days after each update or upgrade, but I haven’t been burned since a major problem with Mac OS X Panther.
Clearly, it’s time to move to Windows 10. Microsoft built a lot into Windows 10 beyond security. The entire OS was built with a tremendous number of performance improvements, better memory management, and far fewer crashes.
Clearly, the same holds true for macOS Mojave.
Apple has done a good job making sure new versions of macOS and iOS run on relatively older machines, and as much as Mac and iPhone users are comfortable with the older models and OS versions, change will come, and it’s a drastic move to go from Mac OS X Leopard to macOS Mojave, and just as drastic to go from iOS 7 to iOS 12.
The iterative and incremental approach works wonders and avoids the shock of a huge upgrade that 90-percent of Apple’s customers make each year.