Making Tech Resolutions for 2012

Didn’t follow through on any of my resolutions last year. Those CDs? Still in boxes or in the rack that dominates a full wall in our walk-in closet. New goal? Get them out of the house by the end of January. DVDs, too. I’m going to go wild with Handbrake and get all the Criterion Collection titles I never get around to watching onto the new iMac I plan on buying first thing next year.

Upgrading the home stereo, too. Thanks to the Wirecutter, we’re going all in with a Pioneer VSX 1021. I can’t wait to take advantage of Airplay like never before and finally get some good use out of my beautiful Axiom Audio speakers I bought back when. Can’t wait!

Importantly, I need to unplug more. It’s one thing to stream music through the home and another to be glued to my iPhone. Need to cut down on that and spend more time away from glowing screens and nonstop newsfeeds. I’m an info junkie through and through, but I need to give my eyes a break and make time for other things.

What are your personal tech resolutions for 2012? Any big purchases on the horizon? Services you’re planning on optimizing?


Taking Ripfest to the Next Level

You know what makes this blog great? It’s always reminding me of my shortcomings. No, not that I post once a month; that I post resolutions every year and never fulfill them.

This year I planned on ripping all my CDs to my MacBook. Didn’t happen. It’s tedious, there’s never time, the litany of excuses goes on and on. That changes next year.

Why? Because if we’re planning on buying a new home in 2013, I need to shrink my portion of digital goods considerably. There’s no excuse to not have everything loaded onto a computer that can be accessed via home sharing. Flipping content from computer to other devices in the home is really awesome and I’m finally seeing that potential.

What does it mean? I need an iMac. While everyone is going smaller — whether that’s iPads or MacBook Airs — I’m realizing that I need a machine that can comfortably store all the CDs and DVDs I own locally that I can then access on mobile devices. My MacBook just won’t cut it. I want something that can whirr quietly upstairs and be the classic home computer. I think iMac fits the bill.

Wish me luck in 2012 in getting our digital life together! (Do people still even buy used CDs and DVDs?)