What are your favourite IT knowledge resources?

Discussion in 'Business & Enterprise Computing' started by Sciby, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. tensop

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    computerperformance.co.uk and petri.co.il have always been handy for wintel sysadminning :)

    expertsexchange for quick answers, technet as usual

    reddit/r/cableporn for some interesting photos :)
     
  2. andyroo54

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    Yes cableporn is awesome!
     
  3. elvis

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    I'm glad that my minimum standards are starting to become obvious to you. Now if only you'd raise yours.

    I gave you the benefit of the doubt and removed you from my ignore list for two days. That's how long it took for you to get back on it.

    The whole show regurgitates banal script kiddy trash while they all stand around trying to look as cool as possible drinking beer (subtle "we're old enough to drink, and not 15 any more" interjection).

    And the presentation is probably the best part of it. Some of the things they do and the methods that they "teach" people to deploy some solutions are utterly retarded. The first thing I tell my juniors who watch the show is to stop watching it for the good of their own career.

    I've been linked there by friends and colleagues before, always in jest. I don't know a single IT professional in a very broad circle who give it any credit whatsoever.

    There are far more useful and credible sources for the sorts of topics they try to cover if you're genuinely interested in something less akin to a Gen-Z ADHD-riddled "A Current Affair" version of technology.

    And again, back to the ignore list with you.
     
  4. andyroo54

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    I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!

    Oh wow what a surprise, Elvis thinks he's better than someone else :rolleyes:

    You are such a sad person, I feel sorry for you. It's like the only thing in your life is your job.. The amount of time you spend posting on these forums, I honestly cannot figure out how you have time to do any actual work. It's almost as if your job is just posting shit on OCAU.
     
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    Actually, Elvis criticised the things they said and did for being technically uninspiring, which is a different thing altogether.
     
  6. andyroo54

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    Actually the only reason he wrote anything is because I mentioned it. Of course he would never admit that he is so obviously bias.
     
  7. phrosty-boi

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    well google is the obvious one for me, followed closely by the novell forums, novell TID database, technet, lifehacker, gizmodo, theregister, ocau and so on

    I could make a list miles long
     
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    Sciby How long have you had these droids?

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    I find it interesting just for that - the insanity that some people bring to the party, and some of the odd situations they get themselves into it. I'm a learn-by-doing kinda guy, so I find other's problems fascinating, and putting myself in their shoes, "what would I do?" kinda deal, if that makes sense.
     
  9. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    I guess the answer to 90% of those situations then is "avoid the situation in the first place". Perhaps if nothing more, it serves as a warning to others on what not to do. :)
     
  10. asher001

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    IT is a very broad area. Stackoverflow and the Stackexchange network are always great for answering questions. I also frequent a bunch of channels on freenode if I can't find the answer online.
     
  11. Kataton1c

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    I find some times asking a question on various IRC rooms gives me quick responses.
     
  12. ewok85

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    /r/sysadmin and /r/cablefail are where I go when I need a cheering up.
     
  13. andyroo54

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    Another good site is Spiceworks. Community make good guides and best answers are voted up.

    A good tip is to type "solved" as part of your search query, but that's only if you are getting desperate.
     
  14. GumbyNoTalent

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    +1 Man Page

    I also like www.howtoforge.com but be careful come of the assumptions made by the authors can lead to problems themselves.

    Also the most obvious one hasn't been mentioned (DISCLAIMER "I only skimmed thru the thread") forums.overclockers.com.au ;).

    As for Winblows, Technet seems to have alot covered, not the easiest to find the right answer but the information is usually there. But seriously how hard can it be to hit the "next" button... :tongue:

    Me personally I find the best way to learn something is to do it, over and over again and again in a lab first, after 25+ years it becomes second nature and the process of learning is always the same. Don't forget to break it once it is running so you can learn how to diagnose and fix it, otherwise you will be useless when the shit hits the fan, and always, and I mean always learn how to fricken monitor the performance of whatever it is you plan on learning, how else will you know if you fixed it properly if you have no benchmarks to start with.

    Learning programing languages is easy, I just write myself an address book application, add edit delete yada yada functionality, using several different data sources usually covers all the basic of the language or framework that you so desire to learn.
     
  15. whitewolfx

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    I've really got to get into the habit of actually posting and contributing more rather than being a super lurker. On that note, knowing that the idea behind this thread is because the OP is out of a job at the moment and looking to spend his time learning and fiddling around, as well as possibly refreshing older skillsets, here are my recommendo's:

    1. The lab you've got setup is great =p keep going with that. Google seems rather useful as well when you bump into odd problems, but if you ever manage to find any of those "IT Blog" sites via google, i'd bookmark them. Some of them can be great, they tend to be IT guys who simply felt like recording all of their adventures in their spare time.

    2. Friends. If you have friends who work in IT (and close ones if possible) then it can be rather fun and educational to talk things through with them.
     
  16. SilentLeges

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    +1000 to spicworks community.

    I also love browing the register.co.uk

    and Technet as well.
     
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    google for just about anything i need to know

    msexchange.org is a good source for exchange related stuff. There are a few sister sites as well that have come in handy.
     
  18. ewok85

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    I didn't notice that bit - then I'll say it again, seriously, sign up to Safari and read, read, read. Even when you aren't reading to learn it is an incredible resource as you can search all of their books for answers.
     
  19. h-90

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    I have to say this very forum is what I regularly read. If I want answers I generally Google it and expand on what I know.

    I'm a member of SAGE but I find their mail list just sits in my inbox unread. I wish they would move to a forum. Mailing lists can get over whelming to read.
     
  20. GoneFishin22

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    Create the a OP post with hyperlinks of these suggestions?

    Majorgeeks used to be good at one stage but then Tim went "painfully obviously" greedy and lost objectivity.
     

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