Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 22:51 UTC
Mac OS X "Apple has now released Mac OS X 10.6.8, the eighth maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update. The update offers a number of fixes implemented since the release of Mac OS X 10.6.7 in late March."
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I find it funny that people scream and wail with pain when it comes to computer upgrades but don't batter and eye lid when it comes to upgrading their car, television or some other piece of equipment of equal or greater value within the same 5-6 year time frame.

I think it has to do with the fact that computers are multi-purpose machines which operate on data.

If I replaced my bike with a new one in the same category and price range, I'd just spend an afternoon setting some things up and it's good to go. The controls and the capabilities of the machine don't change much. Maybe there's one more or one less gear on the back, but this you get used to in a week.

For computers, it's a different story. Computers and their OSs are shipped in a state where they're not good at anything useful. You need to clean up the mess that the manufacturer has left, install your own software, hope that it works (and, in case of PPC software on x86, it probably won't), move your data, discover that your data is incompatible with the newer versions of the software you're using, which you have been forced to buy because your old ones don't work with your new computers... And once everything is done, you get a machine that works in a significantly different way and have to relearn lots of your everyday habits from the ground up.

Getting a new computer is not like setting up a bike or car and getting used to it. There's a whole lot of pain and mess involved. That's why people are not as much willing to do it, I think.

Edited 2011-06-25 08:42 UTC

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