Keeping abreast of technology is top of my to-do list! I constantly am on the lookout for new, improved, and enhanced products and software to help me be more productive.
~ an occurrence in which one thing is replaced by something better, newer, more valuable, etc.
There are innumerable reasons why court reporters should take the plunge, get on the bandwagon, and be early adopters of new technology and upgrade existing software and equipment.
First, here are some questions to ask yourself before you make the plunge to upgrade:
- Will there be a significant benefit?
- What are the downsides to upgrading?
- What are the costs of purchase and training?
- What time will be needed to upgrade and train?
- Is my current equipment compatible with new software?
- Is my current software compatible with new equipment?
- What new features are available and are they worth the upgrade?
Technology is improving at rapid rates and, of course, all decisions must be made thoughtfully and strategically when weighing the pros and cons of upgrades.
- take advantage of new features
- be more productive, save time, effort, and expense
- ensure compatibility with other technologies
- stay ahead of the competition
- good technical support
- ease of use
- maximize uptime and efficiency with supportability
- early adopters may experience hiccups and bugs
- existing equipment may be too slow, sluggish, and not enough memory to upgrade to latest software
- older software versions may not work efficiently with new equipment
- initial cost of upgrade may be high
- high cost of training to become proficient on latest software
Several months ago, after much research, I upgraded my laptop and elected to purchase Windows 8. I needed to assure myself that my CAT software would be compatible and that I would not experience the frustration of the initial bugs and hiccups. There were some twists and turns along the way, but I worked through them and became proficient with the new operating system. It is so important to keep your computer operating efficiently, so installing the Automatic Updates is a must, especially the security updates.
Sometimes, though, things can go awry for a variety of reasons: changing a setting, malware infection, not enough storage, not enough RAM, and others. If the problem is a recent change, Windows 8 has a tool called System Restore that can literally rescue your laptop and restore to a previous date that you know your laptop was working well. System Restore does not change your personal files. Below are the steps on how to utilize this function. Remember to always back up your CAT files and other important information before proceeding to restore.
1. Get to your Windows Start screen by tapping on the Windows key.
2. Start typing Control Panel and, then, open the Control Panel.
3. Click on System and Security.
4. Click on System.
5. Next, click on System protection.
6. Click on System Restore.
7. Click on Next >
8. Select the restore point you wish to utilize, then click Next >
9. Confirm the restore point you wish to utilize on the next screen window, then tap the Finish button.
Technology is great!