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They made me use Mac OS 9

From Ars Technica:

…roll with whatever new software companies push out, even if it requires small changes to my workflow. In the long run it’s just easier to do that than it is to declare you won’t ever upgrade again because someone changed something in a way you didn’t like.

via My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and your) amusement | Ars Technica.

The linked article is amusing and a bit shocking. The author finds he simply cannot function in the modern world with a computer OS that is about 15 years old.

I believe there are two valuable thoughts to take away from it. Incremental changes over time eventually amount to major changes. We do so many everyday things differently now than we did in the late nineties and yet our basic world does not seem all that different…but it is.

The second take away is the thought expressed in the bit I copied above. I regularly encounter dentists who are stuck on an older version of their software and refuse to upgrade for whatever reason; don’t need it, too expensive, a friend did it and was unhappy, a previous upgrade changed how the page looked and that was disruptive, blah blah blah.

These dentists sincerely believe they are making a rational choice but almost always they are fooling themselves. They are fooling themselves because they do not know what they do not know. If you are two years or more behind the latest versions you are damaging your practice every day with reduced efficiency and lost productivity.

It is not necessarily a good idea to be the first kid on the block to upgrade. However it is even worse to be the last.

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