Let’s start the new year off with some learning!
Today I wanted to highlight a few great original content creators, whose efforts I believe our customers and any readers alike may benefit from.
We believe these video resources provide a good opportunity for learning to those of all skill levels (from novice users to IT pros) with a range of topics such as software AND hardware repair, building your own budget or high end gaming PC, malware removal, and even advanced content for IT professionals.
A word to our non-technical readers only:
While these learning resources may help you through a tight spot, often by the time you’re in that spot you don’t have the luxury of pulling up a website to watch a video! It’s worth making the time now for some selective viewing on general topics, before the problems start.
It is good to remember that a problem can usually be made worse, and despite the best instructionals not every situation is exactly the same. Often there are many unknown factors that influence a successful repair in your unique situation, and a professional will often recognize these varying conditions and adjust the course or method of repair appropriately. If you don’t feel comfortable with any self-repair, we hope that you seek the direct help of a professional.
If you want the confidence and assurance of professional help, please look to the Tech Directory! Here you can find professional and reputable local or remote tech support, using the best tools in the industry, to help you out when the going gets tough. Find a tech business and give them a call, they might have some great advice who knows, but they won’t byte!
These are NOT sponsored (paid or compensated) endorsements, and at no time did any of the mentioned resource owners or their affiliates request an endorsement. Additionally we do NOT endorse any 3rd party ads or sponsorships of any kind (their sponsors) which are found anywhere outside of the foolishit.com domain (internet address.)
The short list:
Britec09 – Primarily to give everyday users a shot at understanding and repairing their own common PC problems, here you will find most any topic including helpful product reviews, Windows repair techniques, software application how-to’s, every type of malware removal scenario, and much more! With his attention to the process and quality of production, it is very impressive that Brian also finds the time to maintain his Free Tech Tutorials blog and help anyone with issues in his public help forums.
AvoidErrors – Miguel aims to empower users worldwide with free knowledge on repairing common issues and helpful how-to’s, serving up basic to advanced content in video and on his blog as well. Topics cover a broad range such as password resets, malware removal, Microsoft Exchange issues, or even easily migrating from Windows to Linux!
TimsComputerFix – Hardware heavy and naturally so, Tim brings great content to techs and users everywhere with real PC repair from the trenches, and the occasional gadget review (now filmed in HD) from his own PC repair shop!
CareyHolzman – This Youtube channel serves a massive following with everything related to tech & ‘how to’ for novices and advanced users alike, Carey doesn’t just show you how, but clearly explains why. With tons of easy to follow and informative content, you can see exactly why he recently started presenting CES coverage, gadget reviews, and PC build videos with Newegg. Carey is also co-host of the Tech Vets podcast, alongside Mike from the Mike Tech Show.
Spiceworks TV – Last but not least, we would be doing a disservice to our IT Pro readers if we didn’t mention our more Spicy friends! These specific pages are dedicated to serving up cutting edge video content and solutions both for and from the largest online community of IT pros I know of!
Our ‘Foolish’ philosophy: (Please support those who support you!)
Most of these content creators offer a “tip jar” of some type, usually a Paypal donation link or similar. We highly encourage you to “tip” them with a donation if you feel you have or will benefit from their efforts. Even a 10 minute video can take hours to create and edit appropriately on a good day, considering not just research on subject matter but production quality and the inevitable repeated recordings and lengthy edits, because once you start recording nothing is guaranteed to go as planned.
Many content creators are good enough and lucky enough to make their passion (the spread of knowledge) into a primary source of income, and with all the time that goes into video creation alone there isn’t always room for much else (even a personal life, and if you’re lucky enough to be that passionate about your work, you know this as well!)
Let’s support them. If you don’t want them to fail and go away, then you can’t let them fail and go away, so please consider giving up a few bucks for the cause!