Why change isn’t always a good thing

November 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Why change isn’t always a good thing

Change is constant.  Let me just put that out there for the minute.  Change is constant.  The only thing we can be sure about is that things will change.  That’s whether we are relating this to technology, environment or life in general.  I know I’m stating the blooming obvious here but the question today is.  Do we embrace change for the sake of just wanting something different from what we know or should we wait till there’s a fundamental change for the better.  Reject the ideas that all change is good. 

Why write this article?  What prompted me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys as it is these days).

My friend Jon Mullins sent me this link
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-XSC_UG5_kU

Have a watch.  It’s very funny and not to be taken too seriously, but it does beg the question.  When is change for the sake of having something different counter productive to technological advances and usability for our target clients?

I’m all for certain changes.  Changing from Canon’s 5d Mark 2 to the 3 was ground breaking for me.  As professional photographers we always strive for better ways of getting what we see through our eyes down to a physical medium. Showing people OUR vision of what we see daily.  Getting a true representation of what’s in our heads.  I’m currently waiting to try the 5D Mark 4.  I’m assuming from what I’ve read and heard that it’s going to be as monumental a jump in technology as the jump from the 2 to the 3 was.  However, When I showed my wife she said “but it looks exactly the same”. That’s the point I’m trying to make here I guess.  The changes aren’t to the interface or to the mechanism we use on a daily basis.  Fundamental changes to the control mechanism or the interface would have in my opinion alienated the well-established client base.  Unless there was a damn good reason for it, why change? 

Change forcing the hand of the user sometimes needs to happen.  An example would be Apple’s removal of the floppy disk off the iMac (and subsequently the dvd drive off the newer models).  Necessary? Yes, I think so in hindsight as that media was limited, dead and dying and apple made the jump before anyone else had the guts to.  However, when I look at the newest macbook pro, I then see that sometimes change isn’t always good.  Apple made a big decision to introduce its thunderbolt ports into all apple macs and whilst its worked for them then, as part of their ethos has also been adoption of existing technologies (USB, HDMI, Ethernet) alongside their own pushed technologies (thunderbolt/usb-c).  Having these alongside existing technologies serves a purpose.  Having them alone and ditching well known technologies – not such a good idea. 

The new macbook pro has thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports.  4 of them!. NO HDMI, NO USB, NO MAGCHARGER, NO VGA, No DISPLAYPORT, No THUNDERBOLT. This (in my opinion) is a bad move, a very bad move and only time will tell, however as we look at how many thunderbolt flash drives are in existence and usb – c  drives are in existence.  As a photographer and technical trainer, when it comes to distributing my content we use USB, digital and very occasionally DVD.  I very rarely get asked for DVD, Always get asked for USB and Digital.  To change the fundamental connectivity connectors between these devices is crazy.

But you can buy a dongle ……..

My final note with regard to this piece isn’t to make any kind of statement but rather to get you to think about what you create, how you perceive and change the world with what you do.  Be innovative, be creative, be the best version of yourself …….. but spare a thought for those you could potentially alienate by forcing the hand of the consumers who purchase your products.

 


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