What New Tech Knowledge Do You Want?

5 years ago

In the world of tech, there's always something new to learn. It's a new year, what new things are on your learning radar this year?

There are some things I think I should learn–everyone else seems to love them. For example, I feel pressured to learn to love Evernote. Everyone raves about it. I can't seem to find a reason to need it, much less learn all the ins and outs of using it. As a WordPress user, I nag myself to learn more about PHP, but then I come up against a brick wall labeled "you do not grok programming." Damned inconsiderate of my brain, but apparently not open for review.

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No, I'm talking about the things I want to learn.

I'll tell you mine if you'll tell me yours.

First, I want to figure out how to get the TV I want to see into my house without the cable company. This has been on my list for quite some time, but I keep ignoring it due to inertia (okay, due to laziness). I know about Roku and Huluplus and Netflix and all those great alternatives to the cable company, but I just haven't studied up on it enough to make anything change. However, the other day I called my cable company, Comcast, to try to find out why people using Vista on their Window machines cannot use my wireless network. Other Windows machines work fine. Did Comcast help me? No, they sent me off to talk to Xfinity support, who wanted about $80 to answer the question. Plus they wanted to ask a lot of invasive questions about the technology in my house. That was the straw that broke the cable camels back for me.

Since I have a blog for web educators and web designers, I want to keep learning about those topics so I can continue to provide tips and resources. Specifically, I want to keep learning about HTML5 and CSS3 and how to make the web more accessible. The W3C Web Education Community Group is forming and I want to take part in that. Everything involving the W3C is a learning process–even if it's only how to edit their wiki.

The cloud is on my learning list. I want to learn about the various services that provide cloud-based backups and get my data moved off to the service I select. I've done some of this with box.com, but not enough to really feel that all my digital information is backed up. So that's a learning process I want to get done.

Learning to edit movies/videos has been on my learning list for a while. I can take some classes at my local continuing ed to learn to do this, but I hesitate to get started because the software is expensive. Maybe when everyone in my family is employed again, I can think about expensive software.

I want to learn from women tech bloggers. I know it's my job here at BlogHer to find and promote women blogging about tech, but, dang, you are so smart and so interesting! I'm always delighted to find someone new to promote or a great blog post that teaches me something new about technology. You geeky women make my day!

Finally, I want to master the ukulele. Is that a tech goal? Aren't music and computer science interconnected somehow? I'll just keep telling myself they are.

Okay, what do you want to learn about in the tech department? Do tell.

Virginia DeBolt, BlogHer Section Editor for Tech
Virginia blogs at Web Teacher and First 50 Words.

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