Daily prompt: Upgrade or die

The Eighth Sin
Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?

Sin Eight: Tecno-lagging

I have Windows Vista – not Windows 7 which is what I thought I had. Not that it’s going to matter much either way. Sooner rather than later, either one is going to consign me to the big techno graveyard in the sky.

I make no excuse for the puddle-like depth of my techno savvy. I am 72. I was brought up (in Australia, ie the end of the earth) with a manually-operated telephone exchange, telegrams, 78 records and precious few stations on an AM radio. I first clapped eyes on television in my late teens, didn’t have regular access to one until my mid 20s, first laid hands on a computer when I almost 50 and groped my way blindly onto the internet when I was 60.

So really, I think I’ve done pretty well, particularly when you consider that I have no innate kinship with technology whatsoever. It was entirely omitted from my mental and genetic constitution. It is foreign to my nature. But despite this, my computer and I are good buddies. I can now cure its hiccups, and in return, it keeps me connected to the wider world of news, views, bill-paying and pictures of my grandchildren.

But not for much longer.

Google Chrome, it tells me, will soon stop supporting Windows Vista, and I’m already noticing its reluctance to shut down properly and the occasional two-fingered salute in response to polite requests.


The obvious answer is an ‘upgrade.’ To Windows 10? But I don’t want Windows 10. I haven’t heard cries of joy from its users and furthermore, it seems unlikely that my computer (a 9 y/o laptop) will cope with it. The thought of getting a new computer makes my finances shudder. The thought of learning a new and unimproved system makes my brain want to crawl into a hole and weep.

I cannot tell you how bitterly I resent all this. I have moved with the times well enough to do things the way modern society wants them done – ie, online. My current system does what both I and modern society want it to do. A new system will not improve my computer experience, let alone my life. I am being held to ransom by corporate greed that manipulates society to benefit its own bottom line, and in the process, sends people like me a clear and inescapable message:  You are past your use-by date and too insignificant to bother about.

All a bit depressing, really.


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8 Responses to Daily prompt: Upgrade or die

  1. Relax... says:

    Well said! I’m stalling off on Windows 10, too. For Pete’s sake, there was nothing wrong even with Windows 98, which I still miss! I don’t need or want bells and whistles, apps and crap — that really should be our choice, but alas, you’re right — it’s not.

  2. It’s not just Windows, you know. Apple has been pumping out new operating systems for quite a while and people who own older systems can no longer upgrade their hardware. Which means sooner or later, newer software won’t work on their older machines. The good news is that the price of laptops has dropped a huge amount. You can get a pretty decent Windows computer for a few hundred dollars … instead of a few thousand. And there’s a lot of choose from. We are all faced with the same issues. It’s not just hardware, but all our software. My version of Photoshop is getting old and since they no longer sell it as a standalone, but insist you subscribe — and I refuse to do that — I’m not sure what I will do in the future. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it, though many people would say I’m already halfway across that bridge and likely to find myself in the river below if I don’t sign on the dotted line.

    The world wasn’t made for us. It was made for people who are employed and making enough money to afford to keep buying new stuff.

  3. As soon as I got W-10 my email got hacked and someone dipped into my bank account. We got the hundred dollars back, but I’m not yet feeling very secure. Worst of all, my photo import routine was fouled up! Three months later, somehow I’ve stumbled on the old import/edit system. Hallelujah! But will it still be there tomorrow?
    Change is hard. Make it stop!

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