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Total Eclipse of the Heart

Even now as you read this, how many of you are drooling and dreaming over the new version of Microsoft Windows Server 2003? Some incredible promises are tucked under the shrink-wrap of this OS. And, like an Air Supply tune, we've heard it all before: more efficient, more productive, more applications; and don't forget speed, security, and that low, low cost. Do they recycle the code of each OS release or just the marketing hype? Didn't we read this same brochure for Windows NT 3.51?

Don't get me wrong; I'm not bashing Microsoft. I love Microsoft—it's helped pay my mortgage for years. It's only that... well, change isn't always welcome (or needed).

On one hand, I love change. Change means learning something new, tackling new issues, and making things work in the real world. Change means income for my company and probably job security for you.

On the other hand, change is bothersome. Learning is hard work. Change means new problems, new security holes, and a new sales spiel to educate clients on why they may need to change. In addition, years of perfecting a network can be wiped away like a fragmented hard drive.

We all know that technology moves quickly. We all know there are lost opportunities from not upgrading. But a new version of Technology Y doesn't mean we need to chuck out Technology X. There's a reason why all those retro radio stations are hanging around.

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