We’re now well into 2014, with 2013 (and its memes) being a dim and distant memory for most of us. Tradition dictates that a new year brings with it an opportunity for us all to improve ourselves, as we strive to be better people this year than last year. Which is where new year’s resolutions come into play.
These vows to stick to something for a whole year or improve at something over the course of the year are a fun way in which we can all pinpoint the areas of our lives we’re currently unhappy with. And your new year’s resolutions formed the basis for last week’s We Ask You debate.
You’re Already Perfect
We asked you, What Is Your Tech-Related New Year’s Resolution For 2014? The number of responses to this question was rather disappointing. Perhaps new year’s resolutions aren’t as big a tradition as we thought they were, or perhaps you are all already perfect in every single way, hence the lack of resolutions on display. You do read MakeUseOf, after all, so perfection is in your blood.
With so few comments received we can look at a few of them individually. The best has been reserved for the ‘Comment Of The Week‘ below, but these should be considered the best of the rest:-
From John C: “Learn “more” code for sure. Make better use of my smartphone; been lacking in that area for some time now. Also, to get away from my desktop and use the laptop and tablets more often too.”
Learning to code was mentioned several times in the responses to this question, though John’s use of “more” suggests he’s already well-versed in programming languages. Switching away from desktops to laptops, tablets, and smartphones is something more people are doing all the time.
From Anoop Mohan: “Search for a nice journal app and start writing everyday, single liner, I have decided to thank someone everyday for something he did for me that day.”
This tugged at the heartstrings a little, as thanking someone by mentioning them and their good deeds in print is a powerful idea. Any suggestions for journal apps Anoop may find useful should be dropped into the comments section of this article.
From Vishal S: “Learn Java and Python and start using Ubuntu a lot more.”
Another vote for learning to code, in particular Java and Python. Vishal also wants to switch to using Ubuntu (a popular Linux distro) more, but his reasons for wanting to do so, and the operating system he plans to abandon as a result, remain unclear for the time being.
Comment Of The Week
We received several good comments, but the standout response, which wins the ‘Comment Of The Week‘ accolade, came from Von Adam Martinez, who won with this comment:
Learn more codes, use softwares that are developed by non-profit organizations/companies(e.g. firefox, vlc, linux etc.).
We chose this comment because, although it’s very short and to the point, it spells out two very definite resolutions, both of which have considerable merit. Learning to code is now a big deal, and something which will stand anyone who embarks on it in good stead for the future. Using software developed by non-profit organizations is a good way of ensuring big business doesn’t control the technology industry.
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.