Can you hear me now? Tales from a Cisco voice instructor

Jan 24 2012   6:40PM GMT

New Isn’t Always Better

Dave Bateman Dave Bateman Profile: Dave Bateman

The other day I was using my FTP client and a window popped up informing me that a newer version was available. I don’t always update programs as soon as there is a new version, but I had the time so I figured I would update it. The update went fine, and I logged into one of my FTP servers without any problems. However, when I went to login to another FTP server, I received an error. It turns out that the updated version is not compatible with the encryption that is used on the FTP server. This isn’t the first time a new version of software has cause me trouble.

When the software that is updated is an open source of freeware, there is a fairly easy way to fix this – just downgrade to the previous version. Of course, that means that you need to have access to the previous version. Unfortunately, the previous version may not be available any longer. That’s when sites like olderversions.com and oldapps.com come in. These sites, and other like them, store older version of many of the popular freeware and shareware programs. These sites don’t just store the most previous version of a program either, in some cases the versions go back nearly 15 years. I am not saying there are many times you may need a 15 year old version of a program, but the next time a new version of a program causes you some pain, you know where to go to get the previous version.

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