I rarely watch programming on the family room television, but over the past several years I’ve spent a significant amount of my evening downtime watching short-duration videos on YouTube across a variety of hobby-based interests.
YouTube mobile apps and website offers viewers a prominent search bar where one can enter keywords. The feature works great, until after a period of time you begin to question to yourself, “There’s got to be more than five people on YouTube uploading videos about [baking | fishing | woodworking | etc.] outside of the handful of contributors I already follow.”
Whether YouTube realizes it or not, there is a lot of great content to discover that is created by contributors with less than 250K subscribers. But don’t rely on YouTube to show them without you putting in some extra work. Let me show you how I recently discovered how to find them.
In addition to the prominent search bar, at least at the time of this writing, you’ll find in the site a ‘Filters’ feature, displayed as either a button or command depending on whether you’re using YouTube’s website or phone/tablet application.
Here’s where things get quirky. I’ve experimented and had the best luck discovering new content when applying TYPE = Video (or) Channel, and SORT BY = View count.
I’ve included a few screen captures below to better illustrate.
Selecting TYPE = Video and SORT BY = View count will show the videos with the highest play counts at the top. But these are the videos for which I’m already most familiar, and therefore this offers no significant benefit to me.
However, selecting TYPE = Channel and SORT BY = View count, the channels relevant to the chosen keyword are sorted with the smallest number of followers, and therefore contain the videos we’ve likely never seen.
Give this a try next time you’re exploring YouTube and I hope you get to discover new content on your favorite hobbies submitted by lesser-known contributors.
The Internet Archive website makes these games playable to visitors using an in-browser emulator named EM-DOSBOX. Once on the site, use the left-hand navigation menu to further refine the filter criteria.
Canonical’s Ubuntu 22.04 desktop operating system is a polished open source PC operating system that for the last two years has replaced Microsoft Windows in my home. And frankly, that’s a wonderful feeling.
I agree with Canonical in its advertisement that Ubuntu is:
Complete because includes essential applications like a browser, email, photo and video media applications, and office suite
Secure due to security-by-design and included firewall, as well as five years of included security updates
Visually Stunning with a shallow and robust settings menu offering a simple, intuitive way to browse and make changes
Where this package falls flat for me is in the included Software Centre application. This application is too amateurish to be included in this modern operating system.
Software Centre, Software Center, or Ubuntu Software?
Across the operating system and when compared to Canonical’s own website, there are discrepancies whether this application is formally named the Software Center (EN-US), Software Centre (EN-UK), or Ubuntu Software (application ABOUT window). Pick a standard and stick with it, please.
When the application opens, what is shown to the user front and center? A banner advertisement, of course! Advertisements in Ubuntu feel out of place. But don’t be too discouraged as this is not typical of the overall Ubuntu experience.
The next three images display tiles, tiles, tiles, tiles, tiles, tiles. There’s no shortage of non-descriptive tiles.
And this is largely my problem. I don’t shop for applications simply looking at icons and quirky application names like postman, Hopsan, and functy. You’re making me work too hard. I can’t click forever browsing for applications like this. Please just show me a sentence or two description of each application.
Mediocre application descriptions
I suspect I can’t blame a mediocre application description on Ubuntu, but instead the application developer.
While in the Finance group, I decided to drill down into a green leaf. Because of course, green leaves and Finance go hand-in-hand in most users’ minds.
This particular application is called nervatura. It’s Open Source Business Management Framework. Ahh, I see. Okay, let’s read more.
Nervatura is a business management framework. It can handle any type of business related information, starting from customer details, up to shipping, stock or payment information.
Phew, that’s good. Because I have business related information that I need handled.
Kill the tiles, and add a sentence or two description of each application.