Killing time should be a piece of cake with all the Internet has to offer – really, it’s inconceivable that you might be at a loss for something to do. That does not mean watching cat videos or playing flash games (that is, unless it’s your thing). If you’re a SysAdmin, or simply a tech enthusiast, with a mind that’s hungry for geeky awesomeness, you should check out one of these 23 YouTube channels!
There is something for everyone here; whether you are looking to sharpen your tech skills, check out new hardware, expand your horizons, or just learn more about the world outside. So if you ever find yourself stuck on the train, in your doctor’s waiting room, forgetting to do call-ahead seating, or you just need a little time to unwind while at work, take a smart break. Remember, these channels are all technology-focused in nature, so you’re not wasting time – you’re learning new skills!
The latest videos from the Institute of Physics in the United Kingdom include almost 150 videos covering the range from Physics n00b to raging fanboy. Their motto is For physics, for physicists, for all and there’s plenty for anyone with even a passing interest in Physics.
NHD covers all sorts of topics from console modifications to reviews on the latest technology. With over 370 videos, site owner, Jory Caron stays busy looking at trends, new hardware and with providing commentary.
From the Smithsonian Institute, this channel offers videos on art, design, history, culture, science and technology. There’s more to the world than just tech, and this is a great channel for those looking for more than just geekdom.
The funny thing about the Science Channel is that it is becoming what SyFy used to be; the best science fiction television channel on cable TV. Their YouTube site covers science, technology and also has previews and extras from the great sci-fi shows they carry.
If you like MythBusters, you’re going to love Tested.com’s YouTube channel. Adam and Jamie get to indulge themselves a bit more on the Internet than they do on cable, but their combination of snarky humor and awesome tech shine just as much on YouTube.
The University of California at Berkeley has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best universities in the United States, and their YouTube channel has thousands of videos on both hard and soft sciences, and much more. Spending a year on their YouTube channel may just be the Internet’s equivalent of reading the Harvard Classics.
CNet’s YouTube channel has all the tech news, hardware reviews and first look at the great gadgets and new systems hitting the market. If you want to know what’s new and hot, CNet’s YouTube channel is the go-to place.
10. The Gadget Show
One of England’s many great television shows makes the transition to the Internet, making it available worldwide. Jason and Pollyanna do tech news, hardware reviews and more. Think Top Gear, but for geeks, and you’ve got the right idea.
Engadget’s YouTube channel gets into all kinds of tech – not just the PC and gaming kind, but also the really big kind, like an-inside-look-into-the-Space-Shuttle kind. There are lots of “hands-on” type videos to keep you informed on the latest technology too.
12. MIT TechTV
Another of the leading universities, MIT, has a great YouTube channel full of lectures, interviews, keynotes and other presentations on a wealth of topics, from new developments in chemistry to the latest findings on dinosaurs.
13. NASA Technology
Robert Scoble’s YouTube channel documents his search for the latest and best technologies on the planet across a variety of fields. What makes this channel unique is how thoroughly he tackles all topics. Short videos here are 20 minutes long and worth every minute.
16. O’Reilly Media
TechWebTV covers news, information and commentary on technology from the editors, journalists and bloggers at Information Week. It’s more of a hard news channel than most on this list, but sometimes that is just what you need. Journalism that leaves it to you to form your own opinion.
Geek out with new technology products, tips and tricks, HDTV reviews and much more. If you remember the Screensavers and other great television shows from ZDTV/TechTV, then this is the channel for you.
21. GeekBeat TV
Knowledge is power and with this list of cool channels at hand you’re going to be broadening your horizon as soon as you have some free time. If you know of any other awesome channels that should have made it to this list, share them with us!
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