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If It Ain't Broke...

Sunday 1 February, 2004, 06:26 PM

There was a time when I loved dismantling and reconfiguring my computers. I would use any excuse to rejig or modify things. However, I tend to rely on my computer for income-generating work a lot more than I did as a student. So in the decade or so since I left university, I've become steadily more reluctant to change anything unless I really have to.

However, sometimes you don't get a choice. Today, for exaxmple, the Beta 2 of Office 2003 I've been running for months evidently got bored of waiting for me to upgrade to the release version, and finally forced me to upgrade. (Of course I'm now wondering if the licensing police are going to come hammering on my door. I do actually have a full licence to use Office 2003, I was just putting off upgrading until I really had to.)

The main reason I was putting off the upgrade is that I wasn't looking forward to having to re-enter all of my configuration settings. I read several different email accounts with Outlook, and it usually takes several hours to get everything working. So I was delighted that uninstalling the beta and installing the final release left all my settings intact.

Of course now I'm wondering if there's some very good reason not to have done that - will my old beta 2-flavoured configuration be making my otherwise shiny and new release version feel slightly ill?..

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