One of the hallmarks of the holiday season is the idea that this is the best time to give to those who are not as well off or who have had some type of hardship this time of year. Well, I want to let you know, that this is something that you (the technologically enabled reader) should be doing more of with all of the devices and software that we no longer use, but may be of use to someone else.
For example, one thing many times read on PDA forums is the high turnover of some users to a new device when it is released. Instead of holding onto the older devices (I do understand the idea of a backup device but more than two devices is quite a bit stretching it), train someone else to use that older device and help close that digital gap.
And in the same way, instead of purchasing a new device or accessory for yourself this year, you can invest in the development of someone else’s quest of self-improvement with mobile technology. You might have a family member that just purchased a Palm TX at your recommendation, but they want to do more. So give them a memory card and show them how their TX can also be a music player. In this you are being an enabler, as well as a teacher. “Each one teach one” is a motto that I used to hear as a peer mentor; and in technology that statement can apply even more.
Finally, a way to give back, and not just in this season but all year around, is to volunteer at a local teen/senior center and help out as an IT person. Not only will you be improving your skill-set, but you will be also sharing your wealth of knowledge with people who may not know that technology has even advanced as far as Smartphones and PDAs.
So this season, take some time out from being a gadget addict, and take some time to share the fruits of your knowledge. It makes for a rewarding holiday for one and all.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!