When you’re looking back over the last year at what helped make for a good year, technology will definitely make the list!Giving credit where credit is due, here are the top 5 reasons why we should be thankful for all the new technology we used this past year:1. It allows us all to be more “earth-friendly.”Thanks to e-mail and the Internet, as well as document imaging, we can all communicate with each other without having to waste paper and ink, not to mention stamps!2. We can instantly access information on practically any topic we want, whenever we want.If you need to find a Mexican restaurant within a mile of your location, you can not only find one, but also check out the menu and order online so your food is waiting for you when you get there!3. It keeps us in touch.Although it can easily be argued we’ve gone too far in this department, cell phones, blackberries, and even online forums (blogs, Facebook, MySpace) have enabled us to find and stay in touch with more people more frequently.4. It saves us time and money.Nothing has done more for the consumer than the Internet. In minutes, you can search and compare various products and services without having to make a phone call or get in your car. Plus, you can order just about anything online and have it shipped to your door.5. It’s a great scapegoat for any number of mistakes you’ve made.Missed an appointment? Blame your system being down. Don’t want to talk to someone? Use the old, “I have no bars in this area,” excuse. Overlooked an important client’s request? Just tell them you never got the email!What are WE most grateful for? Those of you that trust us to make all the computers and gadgets work the way they are supposed to!Thank you for a fantastic 2011 - here’s wishing you and your family the very best for 2012!