Getting Updated

Why does software need to be updated all the time?


I recently went through another update on my iPhone and it was excruciating. After it was done—and you never know how long that will take—it wouldn’t synch properly with my computer. It would sit connected by its little white cord and stay on the step six of six forever, never finishing. After trying all the interim options—checking message boards, rebooting the phone, rebooting my computer—I succumbed to the inevitable, and restored my iPhone from its backup.

Only it never fully restores. Some apps have internal updates that need to be run now, some have to be reinstalled. And passwords? Don’t get me started. They all have to be re-input. And recovered when I can’t remember them. Dozens of them.

So why do software companies inflict this upon us? It’s not like my phone was struggling before. And now I have to learn a bunch of new commands, tips, and tricks on a strange-looking interface. Updates are like digital back pain. They go away for a while, only to return with a vengeance.

To paraphrase Job, software is born to update as the sparks fly upward. I just wish the sparks didn’t burn.

Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. - Leave a comment if you have any questions—I read them all! - And Follow me on Twitter @GlobalMarketUpd

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