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What You Said: Geeky New Year’s Resolutions

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your geeky New Year’s resolutions and now we’re back to highlight them. Read on to see what your fellow How-To Geek readers are resolving to do in the coming year.

Image from the New Year’s Resolution Generator.

We should have seen it coming. When we asked everyone what their geeky resolutions were more than a few of you responded with the resolutions of your monitors. Dima and Saman led the charge with:



1920X1080 for desktop
1366X768 for laptop
480X800 for smartphone

Other readers couldn’t resist but also included actual New Year’s resolutions. Sream has a big pile of coding on his New Year’s plate:

1. Templates for the Joomla CMS…
2. C++ advanced and interface…
3. QT – finish my open-source software suite…

and for the resolutions xD

Laptop 1600 X 900
PC 1024 X 768
Smartphone 240 X 320


Scott is keeping it simple; he just wants to avoid Internet Explorer at all costs:

I’m going to attempt to avoid using Internet Explorer at all costs. Even if that means carrying a flash drive with Google Chrome portable.

Hisa is planning on extending Scott’s goal to friends and family:

1920X1080 … XD

I am a geekless resolutioner with the minor exception above. My biggest techy move for 2012 is to stop enabling my family and friends (ie stop fixing their problems so they stop doing stupid stuff simply because they know I will come and fix it…)

Otherwise, I am completely off IE and plan to hide IE from all my family and friends, giving them only Chrome and FF to choose from. The hate will be large ^^ They loves their precious IE.

Radagastll is upgrading his media center:

Create a media server with all of our movies and music on it using nothing but an external hard drive, a wireless router, and a MITX system mounted to the back of the TV.

Speaking of home networks and servers, TheFu is planning on a home network overhaul:

Redesign the home network.
* Public LAN
* Private LAN
* Home office LAN

* Refresh all (15+) Linux LTS Server VMs from 8.04 to 12.04 (when available).
* Consolidate virtualization to LXC and KVM only, dropping VirtualBox, ESX, ESXi and Xen.
* Migrate the current SAN to a private network.

After all, the network IS the computer.

And here we thought we were being fancy throwing in an extra switch to accommodate the new XBMC console!

Have a geeky New Year’s resolution to share? It’s not to late! Sound off in the comments.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/30/11

Comments (9)

  1. CitrusRain

    Haha. I revoked IE from my family a few years ago. My mom (of all people) has earned it back, as she uses it sparingly in favor of Firefox.

    I guess my personal one is to move from Ubuntu to something more complex.

  2. Compudude

    1600×900. Also I’d like to start and finish my first Arduino robot.

  3. David Tigue

    First I am going to switch all my computers that still have Ubuntu on them to Debian for the servers and Arch for the desktops.

    Then I will completely revamp my home network, Also I will install a new server in my house. It will be an OwnCloud server, and I will move all my UbuntuOne data and Dropbox data to my OwnCloud server. Also I will be building a new home media server, still not sure what the base system will be, but more than likely I will be running boxee on top of it, unless someone has a better suggestion. Oh, and I will change my file server over to FreeNAS.

    I also will continue beta testing for Ubuntu, and keep my families Ubuntu machines updated and eventually move them to 12.04, if not Linux Mint.

    Last but not least I REALLY want to take my LPIC exam. I’ve got it all down, and am 100% positive I can pass the test, but I’ve just not had the money to take the test yet. This year that will change. Once I pass the test and get my certification……ask for a raise :)

    1280×1024 – on the work machines and servers
    1280×800 – on my cr48 (also will be changing this machine from CrunchBang, to Arch or ArchBang)

  4. Jay Gillespie

    I resolve to write, record and release a song complete with music video for every major holiday this year.

    -Jay Gillespie USL

  5. Callum Booth

    Build my own gaming computer, and try and set up a server on our home network

  6. Howard

    I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, although I did publish a blog article about them on my GuestDietBlog in order to capture the traffic of people who are looking for that sort of thing. Interestingly, it was a very popular post, and my traffic had a significant surge — which I expect to fade away fairly quickly as most folks will forget their New Year’ Resolutions by January 2nd.

    Now, just because I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, that doesn’t mean I don’t make resolutions. I just don’t tie them to a specific date, nor do I think of them as “resolutions.” Generally, I just think of them as “decisions.”

    I also celebrated New Year’s in my traditional fashion. I went to bed early, and slept in an extra hour or so. Best way to start the New Year that I have found to date — other than spending some private time with my wife, which I will do later today ;)

  7. Ms Hanson

    Hisa, I second that resolution!

  8. Kirk

    I resolve to keep remembering that my computers are tools and although entertaining, they can generally wait.!!!! Family and friends and a good dog still make everything go ’round.

  9. CPUboy

    This year, I will disassemble my laptop and I will upgrade it with a higher CPU.
    Not only that, I will also break my gadget’s warranties!!!

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