Long-time readers of my Terry’s Computer Tips email newsletters will recognize many of these New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve updated them a bit and I think they’re still very valid.
New Year’s Resolutions are a traditional, annual opportunity to make decisions and promises to ourselves about the ways we’re going to improve our life in the coming year.
Here are some computer-related resolution ideas you might want to consider:
- I will learn more about my computer.
- I will learn more about the software that I use regularly.
- I will learn more about Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, even if I don’t use them frequently.
- I will ask a friend for help in learning more about how to use my computer safely.
- I will help a friend learn how to use their computer.
- I will help a friend learn how to use their computer more safely.
- I will learn new tricks and tips for using Windows itself.
- I will try new things in Windows and with my software — without having a book or a friend tell me what to do.
- I will learn more about my computer’s hardware.
- I will buy an external hard drive so that I can create a backup that I will store AWAY from my computer.
- I will email my new friends and old friends.
- I will not use email "stationery" no matter how cute it looks.
- I will keep current versions of anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam programs running on my computer — and I will keep them updated automatically.
- I will use a router to help protect my home computer(s) from attacks via the Internet, even if I don’t have a network and only have one computer.
- I will try Firefox or Opera or Chrome to surf the web instead of always using Internet Explorer.
- I will not be a Microsoft beta-tester. I will wait until Microsoft has released at least the second set of monthly patches for a new product or operating system. Then, I can buy a new computer that has them installed or purchase an upgrade to install on my computer.
- I will find and join a local computer users group (computer club) to learn more about my computer, Windows and the software I use.
Of course, you can make decisions like this any day of any year, but the start of a new year is a psychological opportunity to make a step-change in your life.
You might ask: "How do I find a computer users group near me?"
Many computer stores can tell you how to contact a local computer users group (sometimes called a "computer club"). You can also check www.apcug.net to find a users group near you (US and International, too) that has registered with APCUG, the Association of Personal Computer Users Groups.