Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Mar 2013 21:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Change platforms. Whenever you can. Ever since I got into computing, I've lived according to a very simple adage: change platforms all the time. For reasons I won't go into, the importance of this adage was reaffirmed today, and I figured I'd share it with you all - and hopefully, get a few of you to follow this adage as well.
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Some of us actually have real work to do!
by shotsman on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 09:41 UTC
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We can't afford the luxury of switching all the time

Either in terms of time to become productive with the OS or financially.

Then there is the little matter of Age. As you get older your ability to learn new stuff diminishes. Also you are more inclined to accept that what you have is ok and that using the latest 'Shiny-Shiny'/Flavour of the month is just not for you. (I'm almost 60 so I can say this for sure).
There there is the matter of ease-of-use.

Some modern gadgets are just too complicated for their own good. When a function become too difficult to use from memory you simply get by without it.
All/most of you youngsters seem to think that the iPhone U/I is old and tired. Have you ever stopped to think that there is a large and growing segment of the market that thinks you are mad. It works fine for them so why change it needlessly.
Just look at the Windows 8 disaster and put someone who is over 55 and experienced with XP/7 down in front of a Win 8 system running TIFKAM and look at their ability to use it (or rather the lack of it). Nothing will make sense to them. MS has ignored the fact that in most western nations the population is aging.

Don't change just for the sake of change.

Now I shall go and stand a Speakers Corner in London doing an impression of a Grumpy Old Man.

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As you get older your ability to learn new stuff diminishes.

The few studies I've read somewhere say that your ability to learn new stuff diminishes only very little as you age as long as you don't actually develop some mental or physical effects that would decrease it further. According to the studies it mostly comes down to your inclination for learning stuff as generally you already know so much at an old age that you may not feel the need to continue learning more.

I don't know whether to believe the studies or not and be it as it may, I will try my hardest to continue learning things as long as I live and breathe. I love learning stuff and I value highly the ability for us humans to continue to improve ourselves as people and, well, learning new stuff and expanding our view of the world around us is one of the best ways of doing that.

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