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Tech, GP

January 9, 2009

Tech, G.P.: Be a better computer owner in 2009

I don't want to seem like a hypocrite, so I'll say outright that I don't make New Year's resolutions.

I used to, but I don't think I ever followed through on a single one, so it really makes more sense for me to sidestep the whole issue, and just make my behavioral changes as the occasions and motivations arise.

I'm not saying that everyone should do as I do, or as I don't do. I'm sure many have been successful at using the New Year holiday as a impetus of change.

Enthusiasm and determination to do something that seems difficult to accomplish is built up.

If resolutions works for you, go for it. If you don't work that way, that's okay, too. The key thing is to improve your condition one way or another.

Keeping that thought in mind, I'd like to make some suggestions for those of you who depend on your computers, and may want to improve your computing habits. It's a bit late to officially declare a New Year's resolution, but what the heck. It's better late than never. If resolutions aren't your thing, think of these as goals _ a less-intimidating word.

First, be upfront about how much you depend on the technology your computer provides. This is especially important in the workplace.

The nature of my profession puts me in a position where I hear the same refrain after someone brings in a bum computer: ``Boy, you don't realize how much you depend on computers until you don't have them." As Joni Mitchell sang, ``You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."

Let's make the first "goal" to be proactive. Don't wait until something is gone, or non-functional, to think about how important it is. Take the time to look around you and wonder what would happen if your computer, or other important technology, stopped working.

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