Can you remember the big advertising “There’s an app for that!” We all went digging into our application store to grab it because we had to have that. After all, who wanted to be caught short.
There’s still apps-a-plenty and you can knock yourself out grabbing them all and, importantly, setting your device to automatically update to the latest and the greatest. After all, there might be that one new feature that you don’t know whether you’ll use but you don’t want to be caught without.
Then there’s the confession that the update has “bug fixes and optimization” which translates often into “we now know why it crashes or that it’s giving your information away under certain circumstances”.
Staying up to date is important. Of that, there can be no doubt. It gets worse when you regularly use more than one computer. And, let’s face it, who in education uses just one computer? Sure, there’s your personal one that you take care of diligently, but there there’s the ones at school which might receive an image update once or twice a year. It’s not unusual having different versions of the program, depending upon where you are currently working.
So, this morning I turned on my Windows tablet (no, it’s not one of those tablets) and went to an application I needed to find out that there was a warning about updates. Grrrr. Exhibit A for this discussion.
I’m looking at you, OneNote.
It’s not that I don’t use OneNote regularly. I like the product and I use it for very specific purposes. I don’t use all the features of it – oddly enough, I use it for taking notes among other things. Other things, like bulleted lists for blog posts and brainstorming, I’ll use Keep.
If you want a roadmap that can be confusing, try to stay on top of OneNote and all its variations. Read this article Is the desktop version of OneNote dead? Of particular interest is the description for updates at the bottom.
There was a time when I bought into the “app for that” mentality. But, I’m really changing my mind rapidly. We have Google to thank for that. Using Keep on the web ensures that I have the latest and greatest version. There’s no effort on my part. When I look at the collection of OneNote applications that I have installed in various places, I really get it. Even with my Chromebook, I have the Android application installed. I did a full stop when I looked at my tablet this morning and asked myself “Why?”
Instead of chasing my tail trying to keep up to date, there is a better way.