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    Ah the joys of aging, when the dopamine hit from the next shiny thing disappears due habituation and one turns into one of those old people. Some of us go quietly into the night, while others write blogposts justifying why they are going (not so) quietly into the night. Now all you young ‘uns out there, don’t take this advice: take risks, try out the shiny new framework, try out that new gadget. You only live once.

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      We do indeed only live once, which is why I’ve learned not to squander such precious time swearing at half-baked tech. I still love the new and shiny; the dopamine response has not faded. The only difference is that I now pick and choose more carefully when spending scarce resources on the latest software and gadgets.

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        It’s not only an age thing, it’s a personality thing too. I’ve been firmly in the early majority for as long as I can remember. Even as a little kid I preferred to get games I’d already tried out with my friends. I never have had the patience for half-baked products.

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        I take it a step further and try to buy used or refurbished when I can. Saves tons of money and never deal with beta-quality releases. I don’t do anything (e.g. gaming) that requires the latest and greatest hardware. The pace of hardware advancement today is nothing like it was 15 years ago where a 2-year-old machine was effectively a doorstop. My daily driver at home is a 5 year-old Dell Latitude with 4 cores, 16 GB of RAM and a 500 GB SSD. I plug it into a fancy dock with all the ports and it has left me wanting for absolutely nothing so far.

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          Hey, even gaming is fine on old computers - just pull a https://www.xkcd.com/606/.

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            Christ… that comic came out 10 years ago. Time flies.

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              You laugh, but I really did play Portal for the first time YEARS after it was released, and only because it was free on Steam at the time.

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            Or maybe do pay the early adopter tax? Sometime, if you have few downside and only upside, it make sense to take the risk. If you buy the latest VR kit, the most you can lose is the money you paid, and you get to enjoy stuff few people enjoy. Better yet, early adopter community are often fun, full of buzzing idea and potentials. I’d say it would be pretty worth it to invest a little in such an immature technology.

            On the other hand, if you only have downside, stay far, far away. Updating your work computer to the latest and greatest version of the MacBook will not make your accounting any easier. All it can do is preventing you to work. Plus, laptop and phone are pretty much a solved problem these days. So what if you don’t have the new useless gizmo in Apple MBP? It is just not worth it.

            I can’t help but notice that most of the element alluded to are all Apple products that are way less innovative today than they were a decade ago. Yes, I concur, there is little point in being an early adopter for the latest iteration of those old product, because there is little to gain. But I wouldn’t generalize the approach to everything. Early adopter of the Raspberry Pie had a ton of useful ideas of how to use them, and I certainly wouldn’t consider their time wasted or their purchase worthless. It always depend!

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              This was a surprise to me, it seems almost off topic for lobsters?

              I was expecting something very different, like the time I had to dig into the Linux kernel source to get my drivers to go fast on just released hardware.

              Isn’t part of the point of lobsters to collect information for early adopters?

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                Isn’t part of the point of lobsters to collect information for early adopters?

                That would be the first I’ve ever heard of it, if so.

                Tastes will vary, but it’s a software engineering-y community and I tend to find a lot of engineers will take a deliberately conservative stance with upgrading their work tools, because of the risks of bleeding edge issues.

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                  Isn’t part of the point of lobsters to collect information for early adopters?

                  God, I hope not…

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                    As the author of the article, I think there’s a difference between being a technology enthusiast and being an early adopter. As Matt said, I think it’s precisely because we spend so much time around these tools that we have learned the value of ensuring they work as reliably and predictably as possible.

                    It took many years for me to learn this valuable lesson, and I thought perhaps I could save other folks from some of the mistakes I made. (^_^)

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                    I’m waiting for the OpenBSD 6.5s so that they iron out all the quirks.

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                      Like a lot of us used to do with Windows: wait a Service Pack or two to upgrade.

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                      I think it really depends on the product. For something like an e-bike, there really isn’t something almost equivalent aside from a regular bike. The early hardware bugs don’t take away from the joy of having one vs a regular bike. On the other hand, unless an upgrade for some software moves it from unusable to usable, you can wait for the bugs to be ironed out.

                      I can say similar things about my first laptop, mp3 player, smartphone. All of them for their flaws offered so much more over what we had before.

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                        If you take this advice and don’t pay that tax, then I guess you’ll have to be honest with yourself when you have complaints that are hard to solve as a late adopter. This comes along with being stuck in the past, of course.

                        If nobody takes this risk, then I guess we’d all be afraid to try anything new. Now we’re all stuck in the past, and people are afraid to innovate. Hooray?!

                        If we ignored this advice, we’d get to learn new things as-they-happen, give feedback early, and enjoy the fun that comes with trying new things.

                        I think I’ll take the third option, I think :)