Remember MS-DOS 4? The Vista of its day, it allowed for some amazing advances in the state of the operating-system art imagine, support for 2-GB partitions! but it was buggier than a Minnesota lakeside. Microsoft eventually got around to fixing the issues, but some of us slid over to DR DOS, a Digital Research product already at a 5.0 level, rather than jump through Microsoft’s hoops. (Digital Research, cannily, never had a version 4.x; they went from 3.41 to 5.0.)
If nothing else, eventually you get over the notion that Newer is Better. A couple of years ago, I supplanted XP’s woefully-inept search function with something called Copernic Desktop Search, which, once it had indexed however many thousands of files I had, did a splendid job of finding stuff.
That was version 2.x. Version 3 revealed a development fork: a small amount of advertising would support the free version, and an industrial-strength version would cost you. Fine, I said, I can stand a few ads. What I couldn’t stand: the reduced functionality, and the amazing number of CPU cycles version 3 wanted to consume. I’d have paid for the functionality, but maxing out my processor is unforgivable. So the current project is to restore version 2 (already done, reindexing under way) and to keep it from phoning home and demanding updates (in progress).