Old habits die hard. The same thing holds true for old software we love and have used for many years. Things change. There is a time when it’s out with the old and in with the new. Yes, many of us hate such times because we never figured out how to adapt to change in increments instead of jumps.
This has been a watershed year for me and software changes. I’m not happy about it, either. The Mac went full-on 64-bit which means half a dozen 32-bit apps I still use cannot be used anymore. No replacements.
Wait. There’s more. It’s worse.
Worse, Microsoft, Adobe, and, yes, Apple, are instituting change as a requirement to keep up. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is dying. Adobe’s Acrobat and Reader, circa 2015– from just four years ago– is dying on the vine. Apple left many thousands of apps behind with new updates for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS.
In decades past we would find a tool and keep using until it was pried away from our cold dead hands. Today, we are required to change in increments; a little today, a little more tomorrow, and get used to it because changing apps will be like using a napkin or paper towel.
Software developers, especially the major ones from Microsoft to Google, and Apple to Adobe, are using the phrase End-of-Life more frequently; denying service and support for versions dropped off the support list.
Worse, app subscriptions are almost the norm these days with an ever-increasing list of developers and apps that want us to pay for applications on a monthly basis while they provide incremental updates and improvements to justify the price tag.
Our household and office environments have multiple devices– Dell and HP PCs and printers, Apple Macs and iPads– that are old and will never be upgraded, yet they remain in use and productive. When one of them breaks we pay the price of a big jump forward instead of a small step forward.
Change seems to have accelerated in recent years as technology has become ever more personal. Personal? iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple Music, monthly AppleCare, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and an ever-increasing system that reduces our money supply in exchange for more gadgets to manage, more software to maintain.
The idea we hear is the ongoing need to keep up, not fall behind; to use more recent versions of everything and to not get caught up in holding onto devices and software that will cause an upgrade problem.
Why? End-of-life doesn’t mean what it used to mean. EOL is a daily routine to be managed.