I love using old programs. In most cases, old software was built to work on older, slower hardware. That means it runs smoothly and lightning quick on newer hardware. Using new software in most cases means using the most bloated and slow version of that software.
This problem came to a head recently for me when my iTunes upgraded itself. The newest iTunes is an ugly monstrosity that constantly changes the view panels around. The newest sub-version froze up for about 5 seconds every time I wanted to scroll up or down.
So I backdated to iTunes 10.5, which I got from one of my favorite websites OldVersion.com. I would have gone back even further but my iPhone (running a legacy version of ios, 5.1.1) needed at least iTunes 10.5.
And holy shit is it fast and wonderful to use. Compared to iTunes 11 which I’ve been stupidly using for the last 5 months it is ten times better. Here’s a short list of why.
- Much more information dense, the new itunes has way more wasteful negative space everywhere which requires the panels to switch around all over the place.
- Podcasts don’t automatically unsubscribe themselves when
- Podcasts display ALL old episodes instead of just the last 20 or so.
- NO delays or stutters or freezes, ever.
- Syncing just one playlist actually works again. In iTunes 11 when you want to sync just a few episodes, it tries to update ALL the episodes in that podcast. What the frack, seriously.
- The program is lighter on RAM and CPU. This makes sense since the it was built to run on computers from 2011.
- Navigation makes sense again. Everything is in the left sidebar, unlike iTunes 11 which has navigation all over the place for no reason. Look at this screenshot of iTunes 11 and try to find “podcasts.”
That’s right it’s nowhere to be seen. “Podcasts” is actually in the drop down menu under Music. The podcast interface in iTunes 11 is shit, and if you breathe wrong, iTunes will kick you back into the Music section. Ugh
But this isn’t really a post about iTunes, it’s a post about using older software in general. These are just a few examples of extremely bloated software that you should try to use the old version of if possible.
- Anything made by Adobe (use Sumatra instead of Adobe for your PDF reader.)
- Anything in the Microsoft Office suite, in most cases.
- Windows. My tablet updated from 8.0 to 8.1 without my consent and 8.1 is HORRIBLE. Keystrokes now have a 2 second delay which is totally unacceptable for 2014. Win 7 is the best, some people are still joyfully using Windows XP.
- Skype. This software only gets worse as time goes on.
- uTorrent. Newer versions are heavy with ads and slow.
- Azureus. That’s the bittorrent client for Macintosh.
- Firefox and Opera, probably. They are bloated pieces of shit nowadays. Chrome is still pretty lightweight and fast, because Google actually values speed above almost all else and has from the very beginning.
http://www.oldapps.com/ old programs for windows and Mac OS
http://findoldapps.com/ old apps for iOS