One of my students?
Here's all the stuff we discussed in class...Page currently under development.
Free Education and Resources
My Curated YouTube Playlist - A playlist of videos I continue to add to, that has the most concise/interesting videos that I have ever found. Watch this to quickly see if you want to get into Information Technology as a career.
The 8-Bit Guy - How old hardware and software worked, and how we got where we are.
Computerphile - Technology Philosophy/detailed concepts.
EposVox - Camera Gear, A/V, Servers, and more.
Tom Scott - Explaining detailed STEM concepts as simply as possible.
Budget builds official - Budget PC builds. Truly budget.
Oztalkshw - Really well done budget PC builds.
Louis Rossman (!) - One of, if not the best, soldering and laptop repair educators on YouTube. Warning: He uses quite a bit of profanity.
MKBHD - One of the best technology reviewers out there.
TechLinked - Quick and humorous technology news. Warning: Some crude humor/profanity.
Linus Tech Tips - Humorous technology education/reviews/experiments. Warning: Some crude humor/profanity.
DailyTechNewsShow - The best technology news show. If I had to recommend one on this list - it would be this one. Fast forward a bit each video to get to the beginning of the show - or use their podcast.
My Free Resources Page - Mentioned often in class.
HowToGeek - A great starter (and continuing education) resource for how to use, fix, and purchase your technology.
TechMeme - A tech news site that gathers (aggregates) the top headlines from other news sources. One stop shop.
/r/sysadmin - Reddit's SysAdmin sub-forum. Very, very useful. Some very intelligent people in here, all helping each other out and providing in the field perspective relating to System Administration.
/r/computertechs - Reddit's gathering of computer techs to share knowledge.
Other Things Mentioned...
Star Trek was briefly mentioned, and I want to give the disclaimer:
Ask your parents before watching, and possibly watch it with them.
While most episodes (out of hundreds) are teen+ friendly, there are plenty that are not.
The latest series (while technically earlier in the timeline), Discovery - I can't recommend at all. It's over the top violent, and not representative of Star Trek as a whole.
I would recommend the Voyager series as a starting point.
'Hack' is a buzzword, that originally meant to 'program' or 'modify' or DIY repair/upgrade something.
As a result of learning about technology at even a basic level, someone could apply said knowledge in nefarious/negative ways if they so chose.
Most 'hacking' as it is known in the mainstream sense is simply taking advantage of a lack of security - not breaking security.(You can think of it like front doors - many people don't lock them, or use a common key. If you were to abuse that knowledge, it would be the equivalent of most 'hacks')
- Parents: Be aware of the above and the below.
- Students: If you're going to try to 'hack', in any sense of the word, do it on your own technology. It can lead to very well-paying jobs, and infosec (Information Security) is an excellent field to get into. But do it on your own stuff, not on/against other people/businesses. 'It is a federal crime to 'access computer systems without authorization.'