Ask the Readers: Are You an Early Adopter?

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on September 14th, 2011

Are you the first in line to try out a new OS or major upgrade? Do you hang back and let the fools rush in to work out the beta-level bugs? This week we want to hear about your early adoptions (or lack there of).

The online community is a twitter (literally and figuratively) with the release of the preview release of Windows 8–you can check out our screenshot tour of it here. The release raises the old questions about the risks and benefits of early adoption, which in turn made us quite curious to hear what your take on leaping to new systems and undertaking major upgrades is.

Are you first in line to try out a new desktop OS or slam your smartphone with an upgrade? Do you let others suffer the bugs, crashes, and data loss before wading in? How long was the current version of your operating system out before you made the leap? If you are an early adopter, what precautions do you take? Sound off in the comments with your upgrade adoption schemes.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/14/11
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