Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nerd Spouse = Involuntary Beta Tester

Beta testing a new product can be fun.  You get a chance to try out new web sites or browsers before they are released to the general public.  The problem with beta testing is that you are basically a guinea pig.  You're there so that the nerds can find the bugs and work them out.

The thing about being married to a Nerd is that I'm always beta testing things without knowing it.  Recently, he's updated the computers in the house to Windows 8 which is in Consumer Preview (aka Beta testing).  It didn't bother me too much because he couldn't update my tablet.  Then I wanted to use his computer and I had to figure out where everything is now.  I will say that I like the Windows 8 platform.  It's smooth and integrates a lot of the pros from the Windows Phone.  But enough about that.

Next thing I knew, the Nerd decided that some updates needed to be made to our server.  Don't ask me what updates, because I nodded off about 1/3 of the way into his explanation.  I knew that he was updating the server because our Internet connection kept crapping out when he did a reboot.  It was more than a little annoying.

Whenever a new program comes out, my Nerd gets excited and learns all he can about it.  I have to hear far more than I care to learn about said program and before I know it, he's got it loaded on one of the computers.  It's like I have to learn how to use the machine all over again.  Sometimes he has to revert back to older versions of software until the new one is bug free.  Other times, he's got to do a lot of research.  For example, with the upgrade to Windows 8, our scanner will not scan.  It's all about compatibility and I'm sure that he'll get it worked out.  In the mean time, I let him have his fun and hope to heaven that he doesn't break anything.

The trick to getting along with your Nerd is to be prepared for constant change to your system.  As soon as you are comfortable with using it, expect a new program or upgrade.  Remember, back up is your friend.  Even if the system goes FUBAR, if you have a back up, you can always go back.


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