Happy New Year 2014 Everyone!
It's a great time to add a few tech resolutions to your todo list. There are many, but these should get you going. They do not take a lot of time and you can complete them easliy
January 1st - Spend 10 minutes and delete all those dumb pictures you snapped on your phone. You know the one of Duck Dynasty Chia Pet you thought that was funny....oh wait that was me. If you posted it to a social site it's backed up there, so don't waste space and time on your phone with it.
January 2nd - Make Sure your iPhone/Android is backing itself up. Takes 10 Seconds to verify that you are backing up and when the last backup was. Do it No Excuse.
January 3rd - Recycle your old electronics - At least put them in a box in the car to take to recycling center. Do you really need 3 VCRs in the basement? What about that old Turntable....yeah yeah.. I hear ya records sound better. No they don't and unless you are harboring a collection of vinyl that you haven't transferred to MP3s and is not available in a digital format, recycle it.
January 4th - Backup your Laptop(s)/Desktop(s) - Go to your favorite electronics store and buy two(2) external USB Hard Drives. Don't go for cheap here, go for quality. Western Digital are always a great product. Buy the largest drives you can afford at least 1TB preferably 3TB. Make a full backup of your computers onto each of the drives, keep one at home and leave the other at your parents/siblings house. You will be thankful when your computer dies(Not a matter of if, but when), and all those documents and digital pics that you took with that camera you no longer use(See Jan 3rd) because you have a smartphone are in a safe place. Why two backups, one offsite in case your house gets destroyed by a meteor.
January 5th - Freecycle (https://www.freecycle.org/) all those old VHS tapes and DVDs that you no longer use. Someone else will enjoy them and they do not end up in a land fill. Killer Clowns from Outer Space might have been a good movie to watch drinking a few beers in college, but it's a terrible "B" movie and you won't watch it again.
January 6th - Clean out your DVR of everything you or the family hasn't watched in a long time. Additionally, go to the series manager and delete all those Single run series that you recorded, but were cancelled.
January 7th - We all have the box of computer cables(or not) full of stuff like keyboard adapters and printer cables from a bygone era. Freecycle or recycle those and clear up some clutter.
January 8th - Go through all your old software and clean it out. That copy of Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2000 you took from work, won't run on today's computers and is just likely taking up space. Recycle the packaging and disk cases before disposing of the disks.
January 9th - Replace your old power strips. The ones that are 10-15 years old. They do wear out, and there have been a number of recalls on them over the years, so no is a good time to put a new one in. Don't buy just any one you see. Think about what it does and what your needs are for that location. Consider Smart Power strips for computers, that turn off monitors, printers, accessories, etc, when the computer shuts down.
January 10th - Spend $30 and buy yourself a quality case or screen for your phone. You spent a few hundred dollars on the phone, spend a few extra and put a quality screen like the Zagg Extreme HD on it or an OtterBox. Having trouble deciding, hit one of the independent mobile accessory stores in a mall where they have plenty of product to touch and feel for you to check out. Remember it's worth a few dollars to not spend hundreds of dollars more because you didn't buy AppleCare for your iPhone and you have 14 months to go before you can get an upgrade price on a new phone.
Happy New Year!