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16 Best Places to Learn How to Do Things

My Favorite Places for Tutorials and Instruction

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I would like to share several invaluable resources that I use for information, instruction, inspiration, and tips of my own. This is my list, I would love to hear where you go to learn new things. Please include any relevant places in the Comments below.

My Favorite Sources for Tutorials and Tips

The list below contains the Name, Link, and Description (from their sites) of each site.

Lifehacker.comTips and Downloads for Getting Things Done” – an award-winning daily blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently.

Lifehack.orgProductivity, Getting Things Done, and Lifehacks” – This site dedicated to lifehacks. The phrase describes any hacks, tips and tricks that get things done quickly by automating, increase productivity and organizing. This site is built around this theme. This blog is endorsed by many major newspapers and publishers, and it is rated in the #100 most popular blog in the blogosphere by Technorati. It is a frequently updated blog, which provides news and articles which able you to get things done in a faster pace.

Instructables – “Make, How-To, and DIY” – Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others.

Hack a Day – “Hack a day serves up fresh hacks each day“, every day from around the web and a special how-to hack each week.

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5min.com - "Find the best how to, instructional and DIY Videos - Life Videopedia" 5min is the leading syndication platform for broadband instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos. Our library includes tens of thousands of videos across 20 categories and 140 subcategories, which are professionally produced and brand-safe.

SimpleHelp.net - "Common Questions SImple Answers" - The main purpose of Simplehelp.net is to help beginner-to-intermediate computer userslearn how to do various things with their computers. Simplehelp.net teaches a wide variety of topics to all levels, such as troubleshooting email, preventing spam and removing spyware.

Howtogeek - "Computer Help from your Friendly How-To-Geek" - Welcome to The How-To Geek, the friendliest source of "how-to" articles anywhere.

Commoncraft - "Explanations in Plain English" - Our product is Explanation

Tutorial 9 - "The best tutorials & Resources. Free." - We are Tutorial9 - a collection of teachers, experts, and caring folk from around the world, all gathered in one place to pass along our knowledge to absolutely anyone interested in learning.

Smashing Magazine - "We Smash you with the information that will make your life easier. Really"

TutorialBlog - "Helping you to live and learn better" - Tutorialblog was started in 2005 to provide Photoshop Tutorials on various techniques and effects.

Some Other Great Places to Learn Anything

Here are some other places that I go when I need to find out how to do something:

  • Google - This is usually the first place I go. Just type in what you want to know and you will usually find it pretty quickly.
  • YouTube - Just recently I needed to make and adjustment to my guitar. I typed "adjust truss rod" into Youtube and there were over 100 videos demonstrating how to do it.
  • Ask.com - Their natural language search often helps me find quick answers to questions.
  • Yahoo Answers - There is a great community of people posing questions and supplying answers. I have asked and answered my share of questions there.
  • LinkedIn Answers - Same type of community as Yahoo Answers. Focused more on professional or career oriented typically.

Where Do You Go for Answers?

Please let me know of any place that you use to find out how to do things in the Comments below.

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