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My New Year's resolutions

I'll be back to regular postings on Wednesday now that the holidays are almost over, the in-laws are back home, and the new X-Box 360 has lost just a tiny bit of its original addicting novelty. However, for today, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about my New Year's resolutions.

I'll be back to regular postings on Wednesday now that the holidays are almost over, the in-laws are back home, and the new X-Box 360 has lost just a tiny bit of its original addicting novelty. However, for today, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about my New Year's resolutions. We all make them but we rarely stick to them, so I'm not even going to bother with the usual "I'm going to lose 20 pounds this year" (even though I should) or "I'm going to exercise 3 times a week" (even though I really should). Instead, I'm thinking about resolutions for my job, career, and Ed Tech in general.

  1. I am going to prioritize tech support for my users better. It's all too easy to run around putting out brush fires and helping random users who grab me in the hallway when standing support requests go by the wayside.
  2. This leads to my second resolution: I am going to say "No" more. Unfortunately, when my time gets stretched too thin by too many commitments (even the little brush fires), I can't teach effectively or support my users as well as I should. I tend to be a "Yes" guy and forget that you can't please everyone all of the time.
  3. I'm going to continue my crusade to convince Intel to bring their Classmates to developed countries. If the means exist to do 1:1 cost-effectively, we shouldn't be penalized for living in markets with less growth potential than Asia and Africa.
  4. I'm going to find an XO, review the heck out of it, and continue my parallel crusade to have the XO's distributed where they make the most sense, including developed countries, where the Digital Divide is still alive and well.
  5. I'm going to give Apple another chance. If Apple actually releases their much-rumored ultraportable (or at least, "very portable," depending upon who you listen to) in January, then it may be time for a switch. My 17" HP beast, happily running 64-bit Kubuntu, would move to my oldest who badly needs a new computer, while I'm in need of something much thinner and lighter. The question will be, will Apple have broader applicability in Ed Tech than providing super-slick machines for power users?
  6. I'm going to give OpenSUSE another chance, too, now that the OpenSUSE EduCD has gone gold. I liked it a lot when I used it, but *buntu is just so usable out of the box, that it's hard to resist.
  7. I'm going to find new ways to write and be creative this year. I have a few ideas for books percolating in my head, but there should certainly be some better ways to get my thoughts out into the wider world (and maybe even make some money off of them) than traditional publishing in 2008, shouldn't there?

What are your resolutions for 2008?