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What to Do When New Office Tech Doesn't Fit Old Tech

So you got a flashy new device over the holidays only to find out that it is so new that none of your other tech can actually work with it. Unless you're dealing with a deep seeded software incompatibility (such as Mac or PC only device), there is probably some sort of work around, so keep calm and turn your technology off and then on again.

First, before you even Google for an answer, did you try turning all your devices off and back on again? Seriously, try it. A simple reboot fixes so many of technology's problems. If so, your next step should be to consult the internet and simply ask in a Google search why your new and old devices aren't playing nice. For just about every tech-related problem out there, someone before you has not only experienced it, there's a good chance they've blogged about the solution they found.

Below, you can read about a couple different general solutions to making new and old tech work together.

Adapters

If it's a matter of not being able to make a physical wired connection between new and old devices, you may just need an adapter, or two. Fortunately, the internet makes it easy to find adapters of every variety at rather cost effective prices.

A common example of an adapter saving the day involves individuals purchasing their first Apple laptop and expecting to be able to seamlessly hookup to their large desktop monitors. Because Apple laptops do not come with typical monitor ports, an adapter is required.

Update or Upgrade the Old Tech

If adapters are too inconvenient, or defeat the purpose of, or aren't available for, the new tech you purchased, you may want to consider upgrading your old tech too. But before you go throwing it away, check to see if there is a firmware or software update for the older tech that might make everything better. 

Despite what some old curmudgeonly idiom would have you believe, even if a piece of tech isn't broken, that doesn't mean it can't be replaced by newer, better, tech. After all, when tech fails it can be catastrophic, and as such, you're probably better off replacing old tech before it fails.

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