A couple weeks ago my mom purchased an iPad 2. She called me a few days later, sighing, “They’re about to release an iPad 3.” (Sadly, she did not seem interested in my offer to take the iPad 2 off her hands so she could go get herself the iPad 3.) One of the more frustrating aspects of technology is that as soon as you make the financial investment in a new product, it can take only hours before it’s outdated. Here are some tips to keep you from getting left behind in the technology arms race.
Buy quality up front.
As much as it is within your budget, start with the best. Not only will it last longer, but you won’t have to worry about the manufacturer dropping support for your item.
Upgrade parts instead of the whole.
Some new memory or a video card upgrade can help renew life in your older frame. Desktops are easier and cheaper to make these kinds of adjustments to, but laptops can be optimized as well.
Update your software.
If you can’t upgrade your hardware, upgrading your software can recreate some of the new computer excitement for a few weeks and deliver some of the new features you’re craving.
Don’t ignore the software updates that pop up on your desktop. Those continue to keep your machine running like it just came out of the box. Also, do your part to protect your tech item’s exterior so it doesn’t show its age with bumps and scratches.
For most, it’s not financially feasible to always keep up with the latest technology. But with the right care, you can make your technology last and help it operate like a newer machine. Stay in touch with your IT provider to make sure you’re getting the most out of your current gear while looking ahead to when you will need to update so you stay ahead of the curve.