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Dec 10

Ringing in the New Year with 5 resolutions

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I resolve to find out more about these new fangled "pens" with the ink inside

We’re fast approaching the end of 2010. This year, we’ve seen such things as the widespread embracing of the Internet by more traditional tech like phones, televisions, and audio receivers. We’ve seen 3D break out in a big way, and streaming take center stage.

So, much like any writer struggling for a topic, I’ve decided to reveal my 5 tech-related resolutions for 2011. A minor disclaimer, much like actual resolutions, they may not be achieved (much like my 1998 resolution to never again make resolutions (broken in 1999)) – these are the exercise and eat right resolutions, but more fun.

Resolution 1: Make a game console decision

I have been an avid PC gamer, and after being burned by the Dreamcast oh so many years ago, I’ve been hesitant to jump back into the console wars, controllers blazing. Do I go with the Wii, with its friendly, interactive gaming? The Xbox 360, with its powerful hardware, catalog of games, and addictive online services? The Playstation 3, with its versatility as a Blu-ray player, game franchises, and remote media host? Decisions, decisions, and one that I will make come 2011.

Resolution 2: Buy more books (for my e-reader)e stands for "Escher"

While I love reading, my book buying habits have mostly tended towards the free sections of Google books and – great for catching up on classics, not so great for following current literary trends. While I’m not going to be grabbing the latest novels (at hardcover prices for a digital copy – pshaw!), I do resolve to catch up on some recommendations by friends and family. And I’ll try to make it out to the public library a little more often and take advantage of that catalog (did you know they just give books out there?).

FrankencameraResolution 3: Get a new digital camera

My digital camera is a little bulky. Having bought it almost five years ago (tech years are a little like dog years, but longer), it’s starting to show its age. Hard to carry around, slow to respond, and it goes through batteries like a writer goes through bad metaphors. It’s time for an upgrade.

Resolution 4: Headphones for every room.

Okay, not every room, but at least every place I spend more than two hours of time a week. Having gone through six pairs of headphones in the last year (with losses resulting from boring things like forgetfulness, to more interesting things like wrapping them around a bike and ripping the cords from the ear pieces), it’s time to consolidate them by location. This has the added benefit of allowing myself better quality headphones for everything other than travel.

Resolution 5: More streaming

With Netflix slowly taking over my life, and my music/book collection becoming more digital and varied, I plan to start getting my collections into the cloud so that I can access them from anywhere.

Now that I’ve got my digital ducks in a row for 2011, let’s hear what your tech resolutions for the New Year are.

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