A friend built himself a whole new computer recently, purely because he wanted one that was capable of running the latest version of CorelDraw.
I wonder, sometimes, why people put so much effort into being bang up to date, on the cutting edge of software technology. New software doesn't work. It's buggy, unpredictable, and never meets expectations.
If it's an update of something you already owned, you don't just have to learn how to use the new stuff, you have to unlearn the habits and shortcuts you had learned for the earlier version.
How much of an update do people actually use? How many unused, memory-eating features do they add, just to call it an upgrade?
Microsoft publish a word-processor and a DTP package, but the word-processor can do everything the early DTPs could do, and the DTP has far more word-processing capability than earlier versions of the word-processor. Who needs both?
The latest version of PhotoShop costs $700. The "extended" version costs $1000. Do I want them? I do not. Do I need them? I do not.
I am still using my eight-year-old second-hand copy of PhotoShop Elements that cost a fiver.
It does everything I need - stick a few layers together, tweak a few colours - and uses a tiny fraction of the memory.
When I reveal this fact to my constantly-updating friends, I get treated like some kind of Luddite.
I haven't told them that I am planning not to upgrade my phone this Christmas. Again.