Have You Made A Tech-Related New Year Resolution This Year? [MakeUseOf Poll]

polls   Have You Made A Tech Related New Year Resolution This Year? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we asked you what’s the best and most significant gadget of 2012. Naturally, not every gadget released in the past year could be included, but unfortunately, I forgot to include an “Other” option in the poll, as pointed out by observant reader Alan Wade. To make up for it, after the poll’s results I will mention all the major suggestions made by all those who had no option to vote for. But first, let’s find out which gadget was voted best of 2012!

Out of 586 votes in total, less than 1% voted for the Playstation Vita, 1.5% voted for the Kindle Paperwhite, 2% voted for the Wii U, 3% voted for the Nokia Lumia 900, 5% voted for the Kindle Fire HD, 5.5% voted for the iPad mini, 6% voted for the “new” iPad, 10% voted for the iPhone 5, 11% voted for the Microsoft Surface, and the two winning gadgets, that received far more votes than any of the others were the Google Nexus 7 with 24% of the votes, and the Samsung Galaxy S III with a full 31% of the votes.

In the comments, readers mentioned the new iPod Nano, the Raspberry Pi, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, The Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC OneX, and even Curiosity’s landing on Mars.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Don’t forget to check out the poll’s best comment by Obed Cutaran, who won 150 points for his contribution!

poll results jan 5   Have You Made A Tech Related New Year Resolution This Year? [MakeUseOf Poll]

This week’s poll question is: Have You Made A Tech-Related New Year Resolution This Year?

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

This week’s poll is not only about whether or not you’ve made a resolution, but which one or ones you’ve made. Last week, we shared some ideas for new-year resolutions, and today I want to find out if we’ve managed to inspire you, or if there’s a different tech-related new-year resolution you’ve chosen. Since I know you might have more than one resolution for the year (being ambitious is excellent), this week you can choose more than one answer in the poll. So what is 2013 going to look like for you?

Didn’t make a tech-related resolution? Tell us about other resolutions you’ve made. Don’t see yours on the list? We’d love to hear about it too!

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Sabih Ismail

My new years resolution would be:

1. Expanding on learning to computer model (I know the basics, but animation doesn’t come to me)

2. Join a video game making group (preferably quake mods)

3. Replace models to a quake mod (Nazi Zombies Portable)

What about you guys?

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Sashritha Peiris

I would include the resolution “I will spend less time on the computer”

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Benny Teo

Wow looks like learning to programme is #1 for now.

Here is something to help my fellow Programmer-wanna-be.

launchthisyear.com

codeacademy.com

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Bobby Lasley

my biggest res.is to not download and try every freeware that i run across.it really screws up my comp.!

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Alan Wade

Reading through your list of options made iy a little easier for me to select: Something else! (I’ll tell you in the comments). Here’s why,

The first option “I’m going to back-up my data regularly” – I backup all email and browser profiles including everything in ‘Documents’ every day. I also image my system drive every day so nothing to change there.

The next option “I’m going to increase my security by changing passwords & two-factor authentication”. – again already doing on a regular basis using Lastpass to generate dificult passwords so nothing to change there.

Next “I’m going to clean up & organize my hard drives/files.” – this again is something I do monthly out of habit so quickly crossed off that option and moved on.

Now we come to “I’m going to waste less time online.” – Hell No! If I did, how would I idle away the hours? I suppose I could look at a couple of little renovation jobs in the house but saving them for a rainy day.

That really only left me with one logical choice – I Haven’t Made One.

I am sure some tech related tasks will pop up that I want to get serious about but I will just wait for your writers to make the suggestions of better or more secure ways to do things and decide from there. So if you melt down the last paragraph, you could say “yes” I do have a resolution! – To read more MUO articles and adopt working practices to suit.

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Yaara Lancet

Awesome resolution. :)) Thanks Alan!

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Mac Witty

I’m going to clean up and connect my social media accounts and blogs

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nganchaihou

Gonna try out the various flavors of Linux, particularly on my old computer. Hopefully get to taste some great ice-cream flavors. ?

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Ha. This is coming in handy. Would like to re-read this comment by the end of 2013 and see how much I actually accomplish.

1. Clean up and organize my hard drives.
My impulsiveness cause my hard drives to be partially neat, and partially chaotic. I cannot keep up with regular schedule and alternating between ‘spending hours reorganize the files’ and ‘scattering every files to random temporary folders’ every other month. At the end of the day, this makes it extremely difficult to backup effectively, not to mention extra data like software preferences. It’s time to end the madness and hopefully shoehorning regular maintenance to my task list.
2. Backup regularly

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Oops. Accidental post. Can this be merged with my original post?
Continuing from what I left, I suppose you don’t need another horror story. Just yesterday Smashing Magazine published an article about backup. I broke this down to two : file syncing (for files with frequent changes) and archiving (files that will not be modified but still used/referenced).
3. Controlling the urge to try every single interesting software I meet on the web
This particular hobby of mine had connected me with some nice and humble developers, but most of the time I don’t actually need the software. I try them just for the fun, spending time trying to fit it into my workflow with no avail. Some of them are niche but interesting. I just like giving feedback, I think. Out of hundreds freeware I download over the years, only a few gain permanent spot on my hard drive.
4. Learning how to program
Time to meet you again, Codecademy…
5. Exploring Linux
This goes without saying. Once I backup and clean my hard drive, I’ll set up a dual booting environment with one distro, and keep my pendrive for distro hopping. Once I know which suits me best, I’ll commit some time to actually learn command lines (it’s awesome)
6. Getting my Japanese to usable level
After years of casual learning, I think it’s time to actually learn the language. Would benefit me in the long run rather than random phrases and vocabulary.
7. Spending less time online
Tragically enough, my writing productivity took a nice dive once I got my own modem. Would be much easier if only there are not so much great contents on the web.

This is by no means the complete list of my resolutions, but I’ve cut them down to ones I could logically complete within a year. Pretty generic list. Interesting to see what the other MUO readers have on their list.

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Yaara Lancet

Thanks for taking the time to write all this down, Lisa! I’m sure it will be nice to read next year, and will provide some inspiration for others too.

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Elizabeth Sebastian

I just started a blog on January 1, so I answered “start a blog/website.” I have a couple weeks’ worth of posts queued for up until the end of January at least, and so my next resolution (which kind of goes along with that one, even though I answered “something else”) is to get started on social media websites. I have to say, though, I’m patently terrified of social media sites in general, having heard awful things about cyber-bullying and Internet “trolling.” I’m basically going solo with this since I would rather no one from my personal life contact me via social media. Facebook from scratch is one hell of a mountain to climb (because you’re already supposed to have an “offline” circle of friends to start with), but well worth it if I want to seek out like-minded (and nice) people to interact with and hopefully read my blog.

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Yaara Lancet

The important thing about Facebook is to keep a close eye on your privacy and security settings, and remember that what you post can always be public, no matter who your friends are.

Good luck with your blog!