Lots of change this year from living situation, to a new phone, 2017 seems brand new still. I won’t get into all the details of how 2017 is different, but I will remind you why change is good. Steve Wozniak preaches “Change is good” especially when it comes to technology, but in general I find this saying fits well. If you fight change, you’re late to the game. If you explore change, you can find a way to turn it into success and happiness. Since change is inevitable, it’s good to embrace it and make the most of it. I was reminded this philosophy after upgrading my phone…
About 2 months ago, Apple released an update that changed the way you unlock the phone. This change startled me, and I reluctantly never upgraded my phone. I went months without an update, constantly dodging the reminders and tricks Apply programs in their UI to try to get you to update. I became a real pro at dodging the update, and eventually became really impressed with the UX designers mission to trick you into updating it. It was a game. After a month or two of this, my phone started running slower. I am not exactly sure why, but it did. The last straw was getting some snow on the phone which damaged the charging sensor and made it constantly alert me that this cable was not verified by apple, even though nothing was plugged in. All these signs plus I was due for an update on my contract, lead me to updating the phone and eventually upgrading the phone to the iphone 7. In addition to the new phone, I pulled the trigger on an iwatch 2, something I’ve had my eye on. The 2nd generation phone and watch are somewhat waterproof, and I want to see if they will survive my outdoorsy lifestyle. I also think the watch could be really useful for a variety of things, and I want to explore various apps to see what is possible. We will see if this new setup survives a few dips in the river, or stormy days skiing in Tahoe.
So here I am in 2017, with new technology, experiencing a new year, back in California. I am pleased with the change, despite whatever inconveniences I am learning to adapt to. Just remember to embrace it, change is good.