New Year’s Tech Resolutions

Now that 2019 is upon us I thought I would list a couple of tech resolutions to make for the coming year. If I write them down.. maybe I will get to them, and maybe inspire some of you.

In no particular order….

Finish organizing my music – As I mentioned in the past, I have been searching for a way to organize all of my music. I am still old school in that I do not subscribe to a streaming service other than Pandora so my music collection is very much on disk and backed up to the cloud. My latest approach, which will be topic for a future approach, is to re-rip using FLAC and save them to my NAS using Exact Audio Copy and MusicBee for management.

Organize my Photos – This something I have stalled on after some early momentum, but the need for this only continues to grow as my kids age and the amount of pictures I take is growing exponential. My plan here is to keep a copy on my local PC of all stuff taken before 2018 (I have some Adobe Premiere projects that are hard-coded to different files) and everything else will be organized on the NAS and backed up using BackBlaze– which I highly recommend.

Upgrade my desktop- My current desktop is a first generation Intel i7 that I custom built. I have slowly upgraded it over the years and plan on doing a major overhaul at some point this year as I finally have pushed the limit on what it can do. I can bring the whole system to its knees with Handbrake, Premiere or LightRoom. This will probably be something based on the new Intel chips this year which will finally shrink the die size to 10nm.

Rip Movies- We have so many old DVDs that don’t’ necessarily need to be purchased again in Blu-Ray or HD but I don’t want to buy just for digital sake. So I plan on ripping more movies and moving them to the NAS for streaming from any device.

Security- I think this should be on everyone’s list. Revisit old passwords, close old accounts, and turn on 2FA where appropriate. The number of breaches we keep reading about are staggering, and that will only continue.

There you have it, food for thought. Happy New Year’s! May your 2019 be amazing!

Chris Gahlsdorf

I have been a System Administrator for 15 years now. I have been an avid Microsoft fan for over 20. From my first 486 with Windows 3.0 to my latest custom rig with Windows 11. I have gone from tinkering, to programming, to managing servers, and virtualization. I am a Windows Insider MVP as part of the Windows Insider Program.

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2 Responses

  1. Alan says:

    That’s a hearty resolution! And a great blueprint for all of us to follow. Among others, I’m interested in your FLAC approach to music organization. Thank you for all the good detail!

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