Social Media Matters: Video tutorials invaluable before computer upgrades

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, March 8, 2013
Metro section

Video tutorials invaluable before computer upgrades

Microsoft recently introduced their new Windows 8 operating system. If you’re like me, you’ve heard horror stories that it’s a complete mess and that people hate it.

From what I’ve read online and just word-of-mouth reviews from friends, it’s so dramatically different that people are really disliking it.

Windows 8Love it or hate it, though, the truth is that Windows 8 is vastly different than previous versions. If you’ve been around long enough, Windows 95 was the last time that such drastic changes were implemented. We survived back then — and we’ll likely survive this one, too!

I upgraded my computer over the weekend and it came with Windows 8. Having heard the myriad of complaints, I made sure that I committed to educating myself a bit first. Since I use my computer for business, I didn’t have the luxury of waking up on Monday morning and just figuring it out then. I bought my new computer on Friday night and Saturday was spent with setup and transferring data from the old one to the new one at the retailer where I purchased the new one. (The old computer used Windows Vista, the precursor to Windows 7.) Saturday evening and Sunday were spent learning!

If you’re upgrading to Windows 8 (or moving from a Microsoft-based to Apple-based computer or vice-versa), do yourself a huge favour and take 30 minutes before picking up your computer to watch tutorials on YouTube. In my case, I searched for “Windows 8 tutorial video” in Google and found a number of very informative tutorials.

I really don’t mind Windows 8, to tell you the truth. But trust me — had I not taken that critical half-hour to watch a tutorial or two, I would be a complete emotional basket case. Windows 8 is dramatically different from previous versions of Windows. While much of what you’re used to in previous Windows versions is still there, it’s moved around. As well, how you access everything has changed.

I’m one of those people who refuse to get on the Apple bandwagon. I find their products are well built and attractive but horribly overpriced. And the peripherals such as wires, plugs, chargers, adapters, etc. — more crazy prices. I’m perfectly happy with Microsoft, but if learning a new operating system has been the only reason that has held you back from switching to Apple, this may be the time. Windows 8 is that different.

Top university newspapers online

The HornetEvery week, I take a look at the top 10 sites in a category among Alexa.com’s website rankings. This week’s rankings are for the most popular university newspaper websites. Statistics are current to March 5.

1) The Hornet (Fullerton College newspaper); 2) Flyer News (student newspaper of the University of Dayton); 3) Harvard University Gazette (weekly published by the Harvard News Office in Cambridge); 4) The Harvard Crimson (daily student newspaper of Harvard University in Cambridge); 5) The Digital Collegian (stories from the Daily Collegian and Weekly Collegian newspapers and Collegian Magazine at Penn State); 6) The Daily Tar Heel (student newspaper of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); 7) The Daily Californian (independent student newspaper for the University of California, Berkeley); 8) The Bulletin (student newspaper of Emporia State University); 9) Daily Pennsylvanian (independent student newspaper for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia); 10) The Chronicle (independent student daily of Duke University in Durham).

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to March 5. Have a favourite YouTube channel? Let me know and I may feature it here.

1) mental_floss on YouTube (29,334 subscribers): This video version of the popular trivia and information magazine mental_floss (mentalfloss.com) has only posted an introductory video for now, but it’s already nearing the 50,000 views mark. The channel will officially launch on Wednesday, March 13. It promises to be interesting! (Most popular video: A Preview of mental_floss on Youtube – Launching March 13th! – 45,572 views.)

2) Meet / Voici Moncton (29 subscribers): Meet / Voici Moncton is a collection of videos about people, companies and organizations in the Greater Moncton area. They’re professionally done and look great! The creators behind the videos are Evar Simon and Etienne Boivin of Moncton-based production company Videeo.ca. Meet / Voici Moncton also has two companion websites – one in English at meetmoncton.ca – and one in French at voicimoncton.ca. (Most popular video: Harry’s Pizza – Meet Moncton – 2,091 views.)

3) Smosh (8,070,123 subscribers): Yes, you read that subscriber count correctly. In fact, Smosh is now the most-subscribed-to channel on YouTube, surpassing the eight-million mark on March 3, a mere 41 days after it hit the seven-million mark. Smosh is the home of comedy video creators Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla who upload new skits every Friday. Playlists include 1) How-to Videos; 2) Gaming-related Videos; 3) If (blank) Were Real; 4) Theme Songs; 5) Music Videos; and 6) Food Battle, among others. As of March 5, the channel has accumulated an astonishing 2.1 billion video views. The advertising revenue these guys are raking in from their videos must be incredible! (Most popular video: Beef ‘n Go – 97,809,495 views.)

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