I love new gadgets and new software. I get a warm-fuzzy just installing new software. I'm happy to try the latest beta releases or 1.0 versions1 for a large variety of applications. But there are a few areas that I steer clear of. I will not use "beta" software for the following purposes:
Ever reach inbox-zero by accident? Any application or service that touches my email better come as a result of serious testing. I'm an email pack rat. I file everything which means I also expect it to be there when I come back.
I take care in maintaining my calendar entries. I add notes and adjust reminders2. If a calendar app garbles or adjusts that info, there will be one pissed off customer sitting here.
My entire personal and professional life is aggregated in 100's of notes.3 I put things in notes so that I do not need to remember or think about them. If any application eats the birthday gift idea I had for my daughter, I'm going to be extremely bent out of shape.
Outside of these swaths of my binary self, I am willing to break just about anything. I will break it happily and with unmatched gusto. But break one of these and you have made a nemesis.
So anyway, I sure wish Apple would get their iCloud shit together.
I'm pretty sure that the world has just accepted that beta and 1.0 releases are the same thing now. Thanks Google. ↩
For the love of all science, set default reminders to at least 6 hours before the meeting. I prefer 24 hours. Setting a reminder 5 minutes before is almost always a dick move. ↩
Ok, it's more like 1000's if I count my archive of old notes. ↩