Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Back to School?

As you know, the digital age is growing faster than an eighth grader. So how do you keep up with the changes? Well, you can read online blogs like this, subscribe to magazines like Macworld or MacTech, or hire someone to teach you. But what if you learn best through hands-on training, but can't afford a personal tutor?

There are several solutions. One of the ones I like the best is Lynda.com. Click on the picture to check it out.


There are literally hundreds of software titles, and more added constantly. Titles like, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Switching to Mac from Windows, etc. The cost is pretty reasonable, depending on what level of account you buy. You can watch the videos for $25 a month, and for under around $375 a year, you can have full access to the exercise files that accompany each tutorial, so you can practice even when not watching the tutorial.

You can also try it for a day:

Free 24 hour pass to lynda.com.

Another video site I have used is VTC, Virtual Training Center, which in some ways goes into more depth on subjects like Aperture, Photoshop, and FileMaker Pro. This costs about $30 a month.

And believe it or not, YouTube is a great resource for How To videos. Although they are usually done by 13 year old kids, you can learn almost anything from how to change the SIM card in your iPhone, to how to set up a printer wirelessly.

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