What kind of user are you?

osHeadI have been working with computers for about 20 years. (Even more if you count the Commodore Vic 20 that I had growing up.) In that time I have found three types of computer users. The first is like me. I can’t wait to install the latest and greatest new application or operating system, knowing full well that I will be dealing with all the new features as well as the bugs caused by the new features. This is my choice and I am OK with running on the bleeding edge, whether it’s running the latest version of Windows, OSX, or Linux, I enjoy solving the issues that inherently come with a new OS. (That being said I’m not really sure how I feel about Windows 8. I have it installed and will be doing a review later.)

The next type of user is the one that will upgrade to the latest version, once it is deemed stable, then “skin” it to look like the previous version. This type doesn’t like change but still wants to say they are up to date. For example, someone that installed Windows XP when it became stable, but the first thing they did was to do away with the “Crayola” Interface and change everything back to the look and feel of Windows 2000.

The third type of users is still running the version of Windows 98. (out of fear of change more than anything) That being said there is nothing wrong with that. Many people get into their comfort zone and just want to stay there. In fact I have a friend (who will remain nameless) that works in IT, and was running Windows 98 up until last year. The reason he gave is legitimate (sort of), he said one of the applications he relies on will only run on Windows 98. But there are more than 1 ways to skin a cat. (just sayin’)

Now while I understand the different types of users, there are some important things to keep in mind.

1) Make sure you check with the OS creator and make sure the OS or application is still supported. Most companies support the current OS and one back. Meaning, if you are running two versions behind, odds are you are no longer getting any updates or security patches making your computer and all the data on it vulnerable to an attack.

2) If the new OS has more system requirements, you may want to look into upgrading your computer. A hardware refresh may be how you actually get your OS upgrade, and new hardware will also have the latest hardware so other than the normal processor and Ram upgrade, with the other new hardware such as a newer video card to make the graphics look better or new network card that should work more efficiently.

3) Keep up to date, at least if you can’t update the OS or the computer itself, make sure you do everything that you can to protect yourself. Make sure that you know when the OS will no longer be supported and find out what you can do to shore up your computer until you can upgrade.

I think the key thing is regardless of which type of user you are, as long as you are able to enjoy your computer and OS of choice, that is the important thing.

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