In my Terry’s Computer Tips email newsletter, I published this list of New Year’s resolutions for computer users.
While I portrayed it as a New Year’s Resolutions list, it’s really a good list of resolutions for any time…
As we’re approaching New Year’s Day and our opportunity to make those resolutions for the ways we’re going to improve our lifestyle in the next year, here are some resolution ideas you might want to consider:
1) I will learn more about my computer
2) I will learn more about the software that I use regularly.
3) I will learn new tricks and tips for using Windows itself.
4) I will try new things in Windows and my software — without having a book or a friend tell me what to do.
5) I will learn more about my computer’s hardware.
6) I will buy an external hard drive so that I can create a backup that I can store AWAY from my computer.
7) I will email my new friends and old friends.
8) I will keep current versions of anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam programs running on my computer.
9) I will try using Firefox to surf the web instead of always using Internet Explorer.
10) I will not use email “stationery” no matter how cute it looks.
11) I will not be a Microsoft beta-tester. I will wait until Microsoft has released at least the second set of monthly patches for Windows Vista and Office 2007 before I buy a new computer that has them installed or purchase them for installation on my computer.
12) I will find and join a local computer users group (computer club) to learn more about my computer, Windows and the software I use. Many computer stores can tell you how to contact your local computer users group. You can also check www.apcug.net to find a users group near you (US and International, too) that have registered with APCUG, the Association of Personal Computer Users Groups. Read more about computer user groups