It seems that those of us who spend a good portion of our free time around a computer are often caught up in the rapid changes in technology. A new, updated version of a program is released, so we must have it. A new game comes out, boasting of better 3D graphics, requiring us to add more RAM or a faster processor, so we must do it. We are constantly tempted through ads, articles, and friends to get the latest, the fastest, the newest... Pentium III...MMX...X2...Win98SE...DVD, and all that new stuff on the horizon named after small cities and rivers.
There is an eternal struggle within mankind between what we want and what we need. Logically, we can wait, but emotionally, we want it now. Power, the admiration of others, and impatience are just a few of the incentives for upgrading earlier than we might need to.
Have we lost sight of the purpose of this wondrous technology we now, this very moment, possess? Are we chasing after a moving target that is constantly evolving? And is this "bug" that has bitten us truly insatiable? If we step back a moment, the answers are not so difficult to see.
Technology is an amazing and wonderful thing. It has made life more comfortable and convenient. It has made us more efficient and effective. It has opened the cobwebbed doors to our souls and allowed us to express ourselves creatively. It has given each one of us a voice that can be heard around the world. And now, there is no limit to what we as individuals can learn.
Is this cutting edge technology now available and coming soon really necessary for us to achieve these things? For most of us, not likely. With just a little patience, we can still do magnificent things with what we already have, whether it be a Pentium 100, or an early Mac; a 28.8k or a 33.6k modem; or slightly older versions of applications or games.
Eventually, we will all need to upgrade our systems. That time will come when you discover the limits to what you can and can't do with your hardware or software. Just don't let speed control your decision. For in the end, it could cost you an arm and a leg just to run a little faster.