‘Tis the season to be techy

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


CHRISTMAS back in the day and Christmas a few days from now will probably be made up of the same things and feelings: smoked ham, love, fruit cakes, kindness, a few fireworks and probably jolly table talks highlighted with jokes that are fueled by beer.

It’s one of those times in the year when everybody tries to bring out the best in them; to add whatever positive thing they can bring to the table. But a fact that is also present today is that modern technology offers everyone a chance to make the holidays a better experience for everyone.

Here are some quick ways people can tap into technology to make this season really joyful.

Set long distance online dates. Whatever part of the world a family member or loved one is staying, setting dates via online software or apps that provide real-time video calls would be a good way to get connected. Some people even set dinner tables on both ends of the call and enjoy a “virtual meal” together. If time zones are a huge problem, simple times of the day that are set aside for a good chat can usually work.

Technology has made this world a smaller place.

Jam and make music—with apps. There are hundreds of applications out there online that make fun substitutes for musical instruments. People who know how to play music can probably plug into mobile speakers and go around singing carols. If not, a group can stay put at home on Christmas Eve and battle the noise that’s coming from the fireworks, with their own jams coming from computer tablets. It’s a pretty cool thing worth trying out.

Layout and print personalized gift cards. Some people born with artistry, but don’t have the same opportunity as others to learn how to use computer software and the like in school or in some seminar workshop. Today, apps for editing photos or layouting stuff are available in the free market. This allows more and more people to get in touch with their artistic side by only moving their fingers around and creating personalized designs. Apply the same with personalized gift cards you’d want to print for your loved ones—you get the idea.

Store memories: shoot lots of photos, videos. Film is becoming a thing of the past.

The year 2013 may have produced the same number of photos shot from the year 1970 to 1980. Online apps and smart phones have enable everybody to be trigger happy without worrying about blurred shots and boring compositions. Just delete bad takes and shoot another one—it’s that simple. Take photos of family, friends, relatives—and the feast spread on the table. The same goes with video.

The anti-suggestion—put that phone down. This suggestion is quite a bummer. But let’s say you’ve done all four things suggested above—then maybe it’s time to discern when to let go of the phone and join real life: real conversations with real people.

Imagine being in the dinner table ready for the meal yet everyone is glued to their online updates? It isn’t quite nice. Anyhow, remember that this is just a suggestion for the tech-addicts. If you’re cool enough to know what’s good and not, then technology should be a good-aid of yours for things merry this Yuletide season. Cheers!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 11, 2013.

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