Everyone has some form of “old” tech lying around the office or house. With tablets, smartphones, laptops etc getting better with every new model released people are upgrading their “old” machines for something new and shiny which they think will provide their computing fix better. The reality is the old system will do 90% of the things the new one does, if not more.
Take my Blackberry Playbook as an example. It never really sold well when it was first released and only discounts started to get the stock off the shelves. When Blackberry announced that BB10 wasn’t coming to the Playbook they effectively killed it off overnight. Mine has been getting used less and less over the last 12 months due to the purchase of an Android tablet and HTC Desire 500 smartphone. Between the two they allow me to work from anywhere without the need for a clunky laptop.
Well last night I dusted off the Playbook to see what it can still do and I remembered why I had got it in the first place. I can email on it, open documents from my Dropbox account and save them back online, browse the web, connect remotely to my Linux servers and even play games!! All of this I had forgotten because I had caught the Android bug 12 months back. Yes it has its limitations with no Teamviewer app (lack of apps in general), restricted printing options and no Skype to name a few but I can still do work on it. I am guessing that some of that old tech you have lying around would still allow you to do the same.
There will always come a time when the tech we have no longer does what we need it to do and that is when we should upgrade not when something shiny comes along and promises us the world!!
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