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by Luis Vil­la­zon A friend of mine was ask­ing me about the RAM up­grade op­tions for his 2009 iMac yes­ter­day and, in pass­ing, he hap­pened to men­tion that this Mac had never been con­nected to the in­ter­net. I thought I had mis­heard him at first. “You mean you’ve never con­nected us­ing an Eth­er­net cable?” “No, no, I’ve never con­nected that ma­chine to the in­ter­net at all!” He’s an artist and has Manga Stu­dio set up just how he wants it and doesn’t want to take the risk of “some­thing down­load­ing and mess­ing it all up”. He has another, smaller iMac that’s al­lowed on­line for email and web

Com­put­ers are not de­signed to be her­mits, any more

than peo­ple are

brows­ing but his big-screen, work­horse iMac is res­o­lutely stuck on the 10.6 Snow Leopard it shipped with.

I can un­der­stand the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ men­tal­ity be­hind this, but I think it is misplaced. Com­put­ers are not de­signed to be her­mits, any more than peo­ple are. Keep­ing your Mac off the in­ter­net is like tak­ing a vow of si­lence. Sure, it’s pos­si­ble, but it’s a very ex­treme re­sponse to the per­ceived evils of the world. The peo­ple this ap­peals to are those who dis­like change.

But sooner or later the hard­ware will fail. And when it does you’ll be forced to leapfrog sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of soft­ware, ex­chang­ing a con­tin­u­ous learn­ing curve for a se­ries of cliff edges. I’m not sure how it would feel to go from Snow Leopard to Yosemite. But my friend is about to find out.

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