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Web video offers a great tool for IT professionals to keep up with tech news and learn a variety of tips and best practices. See what TechRepublic's Jason Hiner considers to be the top 10 Web video shows on tech and the IT industry.

After postulating my 10 best technology podcasts last week, I delve into Web video shows this week -- and it should be noted that all of these videos can be downloaded by subscription, just like podcasts. Here is my list of the 10 best Web video shows on technology and the IT industry.

Note: This list is also available as a PDF download. 10. IT Idiots

A pair of British techies introduce and explain various networking and server technologies to IT professionals. They tend to focus on Microsoft products and Microsoft certifications, and they also tend to ramble, but they provide some nice insights and tutorials from the trenches.

9. Systm

For the techies who have a "do-it-yourself" addiction, this is their show. Patrick Norton and David Randolph provide a hacks, tips, and tricks for technophiles. While some of the tips are focused on digital lifestyle, there is plenty of good information that applies to technologists in business.

8. Tech Talk

These short reports from Fortune -- usually two minutes or less -- provide a quick synopsis of a current issue in the technology industry. There's a mix of consumer and business topics, but the conciseness of these videos makes them worthwhile.

7. Loaded

This quick daily summary of the news is produced by CNETTV (TechRepublic and CNET are both part of CNET Networks). Hosted by Natali Del Conti (formerly the host of TeXtra), the show is usually about five minutes long and typically publishes by 9:00 AM, Monday through Thursday. Fridays feature The Buzz Report - another good show, and another reason to add this feed. In terms of daily news summaries, Loaded edges out Webb Alert and Geek Brief TV.

6. Inside Silicon Valley

If you aren't located in the Valley but want to keep up with the technology behemoths and startups who are centered there, then this PodTech show is a great resource. It is especially helpful when you aren't in the Valley but have other team members who are.

5. Top 5

Hosted by Tom Merritt, this short CNETTV show races through a top five countdown -- often in three minutes or less. It also provides some great fodder for debate with lists such as "Top 5: Worst tech of 2007" and "Top 5: Worst downloads of 2007."

4. At the Whiteboard

Quickly digest new tech topics and hot buzzwords with this series in which the host diagrams the topic on the whiteboard in three minutes or less. The series runs on ZDNet, which is TechRepublic's sister site, and both sites are part of CNET Networks.

3. Cranky Geeks John Dvorak leads this show as the "Head Crank," where he and several panelists debate the latest issues in the tech world at large. This should really be a podcast rather than a video show because there isn't much that happens on the screen. Nevertheless, the commentary is good, and so it's worth listening to this one, but just let it play in the background and don't bother watching the video. 2. CIO Vision Series

In this interview series from ZDNet, listen to some of the top CIOs and IT executives in the business world as they talk about the ways they've used IT to deliver business value. For working IT professionals and IT executives, it doesn't get much more useful than this.

1. The GigaOm Show

Although this weekly show primarily covers general technology -- rather than business tech -- and it is heavily focused on the Silicon Valley, I consider it the best Web video show in the tech industry because of its polish and great content. Om Malik and Joyce Kim do a weekly recap of the top news stories and then typically have a guest from one of the top tech companies in the Valley. It is the interviews that make this show very worthwhile.

What do you consider to be the best Web video shows on tech and the IT industry? Join the discussion. (Just don't say "Diggnation," because I'm interested in shows that are actually useful and don't kill brain cells.)

About

Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

19 comments
Jaytmoon
Jaytmoon

Would be nice to have printed the URL's for each site in the PDF doc.

eric.garulay
eric.garulay

Check out the OnPodcast Network - over 200 conversations with leading experts across the entire IT landscape: http://www.informit.com/podcasts (also in iTunes) OnSecurity, OnMicrosoft, OnSoftware, OnNetworking, OnOpenSource, OnSOA, OnTechLife

Jack-M
Jack-M

3/3/08: The Science channel aired a show titled 'The History of the Internet. Woefully it was disappointing lacking any background on the true origins of the Internet and what preceded the Internet. It began with the browser wars of the 1990's and even had that somewhat wrong. The history of the Internet began, wrongly, with the development of Mosaic and proceeded from there forward. Included were clips of Bill Gates lying to Congress about Microsoft's predatory approach to all attempts to destroy Netscape, eventually winning, although at great economic cost to MS and Personally to Mr. Gates. While titled The History of the Internet the announcer introduced it as the beginning of the World Wide Web and as one who was there the fact is the WWW is an offshoot of the Internet. The history of the Internet, to be comprehensive and truthful should have begun, perhaps, with Bill Gates hoodwinking another garage computer builder (for $50,000) into selling his version of DOS which Gates needed desperately to pitch his product to IBM. No mention was made of Gates shrewdly refusing to sell his product and rather licensing it so that to this day he collects a royalty on every Microsoft product sold. Next in the development of the Net, however crudely was the local Bulletin Board systems that sprang up all over the country which provided games to play, a rudimentary email system known as Fido mail which operated on the "Pony Express" system. Your mail was collected in, say Bangor Maine, downloaded to the next BBS, then the next and on and on till a great portion of the country was involved. Each BBS delivering their own mail and passing the rest forward till it reached it's final destination. For a respected TV channel like The Science Channel to overlook these early attempts to link the country electronically is a real shame. I wish them better luck if they choose to do another program similar to this. Lets hope they get it right this time.

info
info

DL.TV is an excellent video cast and covers gaming,tech news and tips.Very well done...how could one miss this?

Master G
Master G

Nice Job in finding some lame videos - After watching ONE minute I had to actually skip to the end - how boring and uninteresting it was. Who they say they are?? IT IDIOTS - Oh Now I get it! The name says it all. The other videos are OK not the best. Please scan the web again!

tgalbraith
tgalbraith

it may not be IT, but checkout this electronics manufacturing site.

j_croydon
j_croydon

Tekzilla a would have to be the Tech show i watch the most. I find it very informative. A lot of Tech shows i have found concentrate too much on the Mac Platform instead of PC's and Windows

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

See original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=598 What do you consider to be the best Web video shows on tech and the IT industry? (Just don't say "Diggnation," because I'm interested in shows that are actually useful and don't kill brain cells.)

luc_andre
luc_andre

While I do agree that DL.TV is a good show, it's not the same without Patrick Norton and Robert Chan. I prefer Tekzilla on Revision3 to DL.TV. I find Tekzilla more "fun" and less dry than DL.TV My personal opinion.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I don't think it's quite as good or as comprehensive as Loaded for daily tech news, as I noted in the post.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

for IT pros and those interested in business technology, in my opinion. If you're interested in Macs or digital lifestyle stuff, then are some others worth checking out, like Insider Secrets and the Chris Pirillo show.

luc_andre
luc_andre

I love Tekzilla. Not only does it showcase items in Tech, it also takes viewer questions and gives you hints and tricks for everyday computer/technology use (more so with Tekzilla Daily). It's reminicent of the old Screensavers, before G4 butchered it and eventually turned it into Attack of the Show.

Bert_C
Bert_C

If you are a developer/architect.dba/pretty much anyone in the Microsoft/.NET space, then there's nothing to beat DNRTV or DotNetRocks TV. That, combined with the DotNetRocks bi-weekly podcasts, are absolutely unmissable viewing and listening. http://www.dnrtv.com/ http://www.dotnetrocks.com/

sml
sml

http://dailybuzz.mobuzz.tv/ Based in Spain, delivered in several languages, covers the daily tech news of interest ot architects, gadget lovers, and trend watchers.

romeobartlett
romeobartlett

I really like GeekBrief TV with Cali Lewis. It is a fun, 3-6 minute show available in a number of formats including HD, my favorite. Check it out at www.geekbrief.tv