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What are your geeky resolutions for 2011?

Nicole Bremer Nash shares the geek things she intends to do this year and asks TechRepublic members to post their geeky resolutions for 2011.

I really don't like making New Year's Resolutions. It seems like a great way to set yourself up for disappointment. Everybody says they want to quit smoking, quit drinking, lose weight, get fit, and it's all supposed to magically happen when you wake up on the first. True change takes work, discipline, and time to plan and accomplish.

So I don't make grand resolutions; instead I think about what changes I would like to see in myself and in my life. I think about these changes, and I find ways to make them. I consider them in realistic terms: I want to lose a few pounds, but I don't want to give up carbs. Exercise not only makes up for the carbs, it also helps me sleep. So I make myself stick to my workout schedule. I want to learn a new skill, so I sign up for the class. I want more family time so I ... I don't know just yet.

Here's where the geek in me comes in. I see lots of people resolving to turn off the computer for one day a week. I can get on board with not checking email, Facebook, and Twitter. I can even understand avoiding wasting half a morning reading blogs. But my computer is my source for how-to's. I look up project ideas, kitchen science recipes, cooking instructions; I use a computer to learn how to do all the things I use the no-screen time for. I am technology dependent.

So I guess my geek resolution is not to give up my computer for one day a week, but to learn to not need my computer all the time. I need to become less technology dependent. That goes for my smartphone too.

Hmm, I just made a resolution...I guess I'll play this game after all.

Other geek things that I intend (fine, resolve) to do this year include attending more Tweetups and Geek dinners. I also want to get involved with a cool group and learn some hands-on technical skills, like those used in building robots. I would also like to set up a small science station in my house, where I could easily do some fun, geeky science.

Though I prefer to think of these as goals, or fun things to do, I guess they are resolutions after all; and pretty geeky ones at that. So tell me: do you make resolutions? What geek resolutions have you made for 2011?

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Nicole Bremer Nash is Director of Content and Social Media for HuTerra, where she uses SEO and social media to promote charitable organizations in their community-building and fundraising efforts. She enjoys volunteering, arts and crafts, and conduct...

12 comments
PieceofPaper51
PieceofPaper51

Have bought several hundred solar cells and have yet to make a single panel. I want to build at least 2 by the time summer has arrived. Nothing to get off the grid ... just run a small AC unit in the main living room, during peek electric uses periods.

ethansem2
ethansem2

Build a real computer lab where I can really start learning the technology that I want my next career path to take which is open source networking and hopefully compute clusters a few years down the road once I have built up my skills more. It would be nice to lose some weight. I've heard nothing but good things about Kinect and it looks like something I would actually stick to.

desbromilow
desbromilow

learn PICAXE and relearn microprocessor circuit interfacing. Build the three major projects using this, then stay more current than what I did with a 5 year break from PIC.

mrmiata7
mrmiata7

Finally upgrade my wireless lan from 11g to 11n.....And obtain every season of Star trek TOS on blueray. How much more geeky can you get?

jonahlevi
jonahlevi

Last weekend I was at 271 Lbs. After starting the plan, I am now at 263Lbs within 7 days thanks to "Hypersonic Weight Loss" find them online

rkendsley
rkendsley

I was on a backpacking trip this summer, 10 days without technology...WOW!!!! Not even a GPS, but did carry a "regular", non SmartePhone type cell phone just in case it turned out to be useful in an emergency. So I can break myself away from technology. What I resolve to do is make more time for me (exercise, personal hobbies, etc) and work on completing items on my bucket list... well first I have to make a bucket list of at least one item.

keith2237
keith2237

Resolve to make a bucket list!!

JamesRL
JamesRL

I grew up in the film camera days, and I'm a pretty fair photographer. But I bought a used pro level camera (Nikon D200)back in June and while I get some good results, I'm sure I can learn how to use all the features and functions to go from an average user to a good one. I also want to teach my daughter the basics of photgraphy. She has a decent eye for composition, but needs to learn more of the technical stuff. I also want to learn to use a good photo editing tool. I use a simple editor today, one that came free with the camera but I'd like to get proficient in a version of photoshop, probably Photoshop Elements. I used to develop my own film and print it in a darkroom, so now I have to learn the digital equivalent.

RockerGeek!
RockerGeek!

Go to any Barnes and Noble and get great how to books :)

JamesRL
JamesRL

Bryan Peterson "Understanding Exposure" and Scot Kelby's "Digital Photography Book". Both will be helpful for my daughter, I'm pretty good on that level. I've got an eBook on the D200, its a fairly complex camera, need to spend more time or find an alternative. Photoshop, there are lots of books, including some noted ones by Kelby.

Chris_Muncy
Chris_Muncy

Actually study and take a test towards either my MCSE (or variant) and/or CCNA. I've got a new job this year, lots of opportunity and excitement in it, and it's DAMN time I do it.

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