2012 New Years Resolutions

Yeah, I know!  Everyone hates New Year’s Resolutions, but we seem to keep making them none-the-less.  And from what we find, people read them.  But keep them – not so much.  So here we go:

Lose weight. Stop smoking. Drink less (or more expensively). Join a gym or health club and actually go there.  Promise to be more loving to your family, spouse, etc.  Be kinder to others.  Clean out your closets, garage, car, etc.  De-clutter your office – are file folders that you last looked at two years ago really necessary??  Balance your checkbook.

Now that I’ve gotten the usual list out of the way, here are a few others that you might want to consider:

  • If you haven’t, try a Smartphone or Pad.  These are all remarkable, useful, and relatively inexpensive devices.  They are fabulous for keeping track of email, your contact list, calendar, and other day-to-day tasks.  They are also great for reading content, whether it be from the Internet, ebooks, ezines, etc.  You can also create and edit original content unless you have fat fingers like me.  (I erase as many “Ms” on my iPhone as I type!)  There are some really neat external keyboards available if that works better for you.
  • Create an eNewsletter.  We created our monthly eNewsletter over six years ago.  Each month, we sit down, review content available within our industry plus the writings of our own staff and friends, and FORCE ourselves to get out our monthly eNews.  Yes, it takes a level of discipline to do this every month.  If you are not a writer, that’s OK.  There is a wealth of free re-publishable contact from every industry imaginable.  Frankly sometimes, the hardest part for us if selecting what to publish.
  • Start an online Blog.  We did during 2011.  It’s been really fun, but also very challenging to keep the content reasonably fresh.  We don’t update ours every day, but several times per month.  And if you’re doing an eNewsletter, content from the Blog can come from there and vice-versa.  By the way, there are tons of easy and free ways to connect your Blog to your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.  If you follow me or The Computing Center on Facebook or Twitter, everything that we publish is reposted there automatically.  
  • This is a tough one.  Improve the security on your computers and network.  This past year, we’ve had to help fix all kinds of security flaws, from physical security breaches, to malware, to viruses that weren’t caught because the anti-virus software was either not installed, obsolete or not up-to-date.  We tell nearly everyone we interact with to do this all the time and not all do.  Thank you to all those who don’t – it helps our business.  
  • Check your backup software.  Is it doing the job you intended it to??  Consider taking your most important data off-site.  Of course, we can help you with all that.  It’s what we do and we’d like to keep doing it for a long time!
  • Retire your Windows XP, old PowerMac, Windows 3.1 computers.  We still see all of them come into our office.  It’s really time!
  • Change your passwords.   “Password”, “12345”, “hello”, etc. just doesn’t cut it these days. Think of it like leaving your front door unlocked.  OK, another resolution - Lock your front door!!!
  • Do you really need five, six or seven e-mail addresses?  Particularly if you don’t check them regularly.  Two or three should be sufficient!  And there are ways to read them all on a single reader too!

So, that’s my short list – there are lots more, but if you’ve made it this far, have a safe, peaceful and prosperous 2012.

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