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My Tech Goals for 2012

2012This post is part of a series on how technology fits into my family life, sponsored by Dell. See my other posts, and posts from other writers, at the Dell Family Tech page. Leave a comment below here and/ or on my last Dell Family Tech post for a chance to win a Dell Inspiron One 2320 Touch computer! Details at the end of the post.

One thing that I like to do at the end of each year is give a good think about and plan my goals for the following year.  I’m just starting the process now but I’ve already noticed a trend, which is my desire to start using some technologies that frankly have been around for quite of bit of time.  Even though I have embraced lots of new devices, services and softwares into my life over the years, I’m kind of surprised that there are other very ubiquitous ones that I haven’t.  Does that make me, gulp, a luddite?  Before you try to make me feel better, you’ve got to see my list below.

Nevertheless, 2012 is going to be the year that that all changes.

Skype: I know.  After all of Oprah’s evangelizing you would have thunk I would have jumped on the bandwagon years ago.  Nope.  Just wasn’t into it.  But, my husband does travel a lot and now that we have a family computer (thanks Dell!) with a built-in webcam, it will be a perfect way for them to communicate during my husband’s week-long business trips.

FaceTime:  since we’ll be doing Skype, I should jump on FaceTime, too, huh?  I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet.  But I am due for an iPhone upgrade and once things quiet down at the stores, I plan on making good on it.

Google:  (just kiiiiding)  But really, I’m going to start using my dusty Google Plus account.  It’s like a ghost town over there.  I am going to make a concerted effort to understand it and make the most of it.  So far my experience has been meh.  But, I think Google Plus is here to stay will be a larger part of the social media landscape.

Photoshop:  No, I’m not planning on retouching the photos I don’t take.  Instead, I have always wanted to learn basic graphic design and this is one of the basic programs used.  Earlier this year, I came this close to enrolling in a Saturday afternoon course at a design school.  Life got in the way, as it always does.

Photography: I also want to take introductory classes so I know how to use my DSLR camera.  I’m so intimidated.  I have an excellent point and shoot camera that has kept me in my comfort zone for years.  Time to break out.

Netflix: I know, I know. I am a big cable TV On Demand user.  And, my husband and I seem to acquire lots of DVDs.  But, it makes more sense economically and environmentally to use a service like Netflix or Hulu Plus.  I haven’t decided which one yet or whether we’ll set it up through our HDTV, our Blu-Ray Player or Wii.  Now, you see why we haven’t taken the leap yet?  So many decisions.  Baby steps, right?

Now, can please take a moment, stop laughing at me and confess what well-known services you have yet to use.

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