I really am not qualified to give tech advice. Which probably makes my tech advice all the more qualified.
I was an early adopter of Mac products, getting my first Mac in 1989, had two in college, my first real estate computer was a 2nd generation iMac and I’m on my 2nd MacBook Pro. I’ve had two iPhones and my iPad2 is indispensable. I have used Mac and Apple products not because I also have ironic facial hair and wear unnecessarily tight jeans; I use them because they make my life easier.
Because the reason I use them is to make my life easier, I probably am going to stop going iPhone altogether. Those who look at houses with me know I don’t have a GPS in my car. I also rarely get lost. I know where most every road in the county is. I can’t help it. That part of my gray matter is in the right profession. Ask me how many touchdown passes Peyton Manning has thrown by quarter this year. For some reason, I know that worthless trivia as well. But I wisely didn’t update my phone to iOS6 so as to avoid the new, and maligned, Apple maps, because when I don’t know when I’m going, the nearly instant answer I get from GoogleMaps on iOS5 is a lifesaver. Having to go to a crude version of Microsoft Street & Trips that is Apple Maps would be highly unfortunate.
I bring all this up, because I run my own small business via a cooperative network called REALTOR SERVICE CORPORATION who hosts our common-use Multiple Listing System (MLS). Five minutes ago, I just received this gibberish:
Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 – Microsoft will release Windows 8 this Friday, October 26, which includes a new version of Internet Explorer. This new version, IE 10, can be run in two different modes within Windows 8:
1. Internet Explorer (App)– This is the default mode and has a radically new user interface consistent with the new Windows 8 App screen. This mode does not support browser plug-ins or ActiveX controls. Fusion or Tempo will NOT run correctly in this mode or in the new Microsoft table “Surface” running Windows RT.
2. Internet Explorer on the Desktop – This mode of IE 10 provides a screen consistent with prior versions of IE and Windows, and does support browser plug-ins (such as Flash used in Fusion) and ActiveX controls (used in Tempo). Use this mode for Fusion and Tempo.
Per Marketlinx, Tempo and Fusion will be supported in IE 10 in Desktop mode only with Compatibility View enabled. If you attempt to access TEMPO using the native App mode, you will see a warning at the bottom of the screen that the site uses add-ons that require Internet Explorer on the desktop. You must click the Open button and launch the Desktop mode of IE10 for all features of TEMPO to function as expected. This alert displays only on the first page accessed during each session.
For over 11 years, I was at a more corporate real estate company. The above three paragraphs are enough to blow the minds of 95% of the 2600 licensed REALTORS in PPAR. I can just envision the madness of this on a system of 80+ agents. It makes me appreciate my little boutique bubble all the more. I’m a “kinda-techy” person who appreciates efficiency more than anything, and I have no clue what the heck that email just said. Something about Desktop versions of IE 10, or (maybe 8?), and there’s a compatibility view (when do I ever use the incompatibility view?), a native app mode (shouldn’t this involve a conversation on undocumented immigration or am I watching too much debate coverage?), and then a couple mysterious: “Don’t Do This!” warnings.
The thing is, I’m not sure what I’m not supposed to do. So I’m not going to do anything. RSC never emails warnings about anything, unless it’s serious, and they just emailed something, and it must mean that I really shouldn’t do something. But because I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about, I’m just going to ignore it, and not upgrade, and not first adopt, and still use the things I have at my disposal that free me to do good things that benefit people.
Consider this a musing on the essence of elegant simplicity. Einstein said the simplest and most elegant solution is usually the right one. I had some habits that embraced this, but trust me, the first 35 years of my life were well-dedicated to making things as complicated as possible. My Apple product use was an isolated exception.
If I can lend any business advice to anyone, elected officials, freshman in college, people wondering why they’re pursuing an MBA, another REALTOR, it is this: do what you can do uniquely well… really well. Keep everything else, and I mean everything else… as simple as possible.