In January (before the Broadband Blog really started) we asked a few people about their technology-related New Years Resolutions.
I wanted to follow up with folks to see how it is going. So I’m going to post the resolution and the follow-ups below.
Bill Coleman Follow-Up
1. Learn more about wireless technologies and applications.
2. Learn more about how the big companies are redesigning work through technology and bring that information to bear on my own work with communities.
3. Learn how to play the guitar that I bought myself two years ago and gave up on!
Bill Coleman Follow-Up
1. I have learned more about wireless technologies, including wi-fi, wi-max and 700 MHz. It is a real challenge to understand how the technologies differ, how they can work together and how business models affect deployment. The wireless applications, especially for municipal use, are really emerging, especially related to utility metering, parking and public safety.
2. It seems that enabling people to work from home is a big part of this trend. The use of wireless devices is also coming on strong in all areas of the workplace. The prevalence of Blackberries and other smart phones is the real indicator.
3. There is always 2008!
Gary Fields Resolution
My technology new years resolution is to starting using my webcam for video calls on a regular basis. (And buy a few more guitar and PA electronic gizmos.)
Gary Fields Follow-Up
I have not been successful in expanding the use of my webcam, but I have increased my use of guitar and music related equipment.
Becky LaPlant Resolution
I resolve to expand my tech horizons by:
1. Learning how to use the instant message function on my cell phone.
2. Committing to creating no less than five pod casts.
3. Learning how to use the web cam so I can virtually attend Bill’s first guitar recital.
Becky LaPlant Follow-Up
Thanks to my 13-year old niece, I’ve done great on learning to “IM”. I haven’t taken action on the pod casts yet and am still waiting for an invitation to Bill’s guitar recital to deepen my skill at using the web cam 🙂 Bill?
Ann Treacy Resolution
1. Keep up on the applications offered by Google, starting with the free calendar applications you can post on your web site.
2. Buy a digital camera to replace the numerous half-filled disposable cameras scattered throughout my house.
3. Learn more about Vonage and other VoIP services to reduce our international phone bills.
Ann Treacy Follow-Up
1. I actually have been tracking back with Google now and again. Sadly some of their testing is available only in the US and since I’m temporarily based in Ireland I am out of the loop. Case in point is Grand Central (http://www.grandcentral.com). It’s worth checking out for advanced phone services.
2. I have purchased 3 digital cameras this year. My resolution for 2008 is to not let my 3 year old touch them. We have used it a lot on our family travel blog: http://10qs.wordpress.com
3. I went with Skype and now pay $.02 to call the US and paid $50 (annual cost) for a Minneapolis number where people can reach me or leave me voicemail through Skype.
Alex Weego in Todd County Resolution
In January, Todd County will select 8-10 local businesses to work with Minnesota Technology to improve e-business strategies. We will also begin work with the five high schools in the county to provide teacher training and student access to BizPathways, an online tool that supports and promotes entrepreneurs.
Alex Weego in Todd County Follow Up
My goal was to get at least four new businesses involved in broadband development; we got two new and two old and are setting the stage to try for 6-8 next year. We also got our Todd County Telcom inventory revised by Bill Coleman. It was just finalized this week and will be made available at the Entrepreneurship conference in Staples on November 2.