Tuesday 15 July 2014

YouTube for beginners


Whether your interest is gardening, motor racing, family history, cooking or watching TV shows; YouTube has a wealth of material for everyone once you know how to use it effectively and best of all it is free.
You might like to learn how to fix something around the house, how to use a computer program, how to upholster a chair or anything else you can think of; it is likely there will be a video on YouTube to help you.

Here's some quick statistics to give you some idea of how big the video collections are:

  • More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month
  • Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that's almost an hour for every person on Earth
  • 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute (http://www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html)

The YouTube Help Centre has all the written instructions to help you get started. There are also some short video tutorials on the YouTube Help channel. This one shows you how to sign in and navigate to YouTube http://youtu.be/bP7vggHJLVM

Once you have found some videos you like, you may want to share them with friends. YouTube makes it easy to share, simply click on the share button below the video you are viewing at the time. You'll have a choice whether to share it via email, on Twitter or Facebook or you can simply copy the link and save it to your favourites or bookmarks.


Channels are collections of videos that are usually about the same topic. You can find  Classical music, GardeningTravel, Windows and Apple channels to mention just a few. You'll find a channel on just about any other topic you can imagine.
You need a Google account to subscribe to your favourite channels, this way you will see when new videos are added. If you have a gmail account you already have a Google account.Simply use that same address and password to log in to YouTube. Now you can keep track of all those favourites.
Once you start making videos on that phone or tablet, you can upload them to your own channel to share with friends and family.

Here's my introduction to YouTube made with the Adobe Voice app on my iPad. Have fun exploring YouTube!

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Winter in Sydney

There is no winter in Sydney

A chilly winter's night of 9 degrees Celsius here on the coast, prompted me to look at Trove for postings about winters in the past. Having lived in Sydney for 11 years in a past life and now living in a even milder climate, I have some empathy with this author's sentiment.

Here's a section of the article from The Evening News in Sydney, 4th June 1904. The author further continues the article and posits that one must venture further afield in NSW to experience a winter more akin to that described by Keats.
The complete article can be viewed here.

1904 '"WINTER.".', Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), 4 June, p. 4, viewed 8 July, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113912826

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