I don’t consider myself to be a normal technologist. I understand that I go beyond what normal is quite often. It has to do with my interest in what is next. One of the first things I did when I left Microsoft was to join the Microsoft insiders club. The club gets you the latest build of Windows ten early. I have two machines I update to the newest builds and two machines that I leave at a more stable build. The other computer in my office is my work PC, that is always at the recommended OS my company has selected. More for compatibility and also from the I need my work computer to function every single day.
The same I’ve found is true of my phone. I don’t jailbreak or have my phone operating on beta versions of the operating systems. I did that for years, no more. I cannot tell you how many times a day I need my phone, its more than 10. I do not want it crashing because it is the 2 pm bug. I live on my cellular phone. It is part of the process for me, from car phone to headsets when I am walking around, to be able to connect and communicate. Therefore, a beta OS on the phone doesn’t work for me.
It is funny sometimes when I think about the way things used to be (all beta) and the way things are now (two of five machines beta). I know most people don’t have five computers, and frankly, most of mine are not state of the art (and one comes from work). I am an IT person, after all, PC’s and technology are what I do.
If I had, as a teacher all those years ago, the tools I have now, I would have probably stayed a teacher. I was always looking for ways to integrate technology into what I was doing in the classroom. It was frustrating for me to always be 5 or more years behind. Not, by the way, because teachers didn’t care, rather that there was no money.