View Full Version : Thank you Patrick Norton - You are man.god=true
10-13-2007, 03:33 AM
The "how to install a graphics card" was about 2.5 minutes long. It assumed the people who watch the show know what they are doing and that they have reasonably sized brains.
Many shows like to say that are for techy people but treat their viewers like idiots and could easily take 10x as much time doing that exact segment.
This show is quickly shaping up to be a favorite - I just can't wait for the new set.
10-13-2007, 04:02 AM
What I liked about that segment is that my sister who knows how to operate her PC but doesn't know anything about the guts could watch it and understand what she has to do.
This brings up the thought, should a show like Tekzilla do segments aimed only at the technology savvy folks or aim to help the computer illiterate family members?
10-13-2007, 04:26 AM
More in the middle. If you want hardcore tech, watch Systm.
10-13-2007, 04:33 AM
I agree, just hope Rev3 does too.
I could send my sister a link to that show and have her watch it and understand it. The same goes for the segments about building a PC on DL.TV. Not rocket science, just good clear instructions and info.
10-13-2007, 06:53 PM
I think the segment was great at instructing anyone with the common sense to earn $200 to give a big box IT bench upgrade their hardware to just do it themselves. It did a great job of leaving out absolutely everything you'd didn't have to know to "git 'er done", when most instructions can't resist geeking out if only a little.
Still, I think its important to consider, to the naysayers who might say this was basic and should have been read about in several seconds, that the key thing about this presentation is it introduces what the subject is, and that is is possible. When most people hear "upgrading a computer" they don't have a clear sense of what that means. For all they know, oscilloscopes are involved reading levels so that all the parts can be tweaked, etc. They have no idea its this simple, so don't even bother looking into it. A little bit of education can go a long way in such cases.
I guess the question of the day would be, how many people actually watching this did not know how to do this already?
10-13-2007, 07:02 PM
i loved the card segment. very quick. very neat and very clear. this kind of thing is a bit of a catch-22. the show and hsots are very well versed and skilled at being able to clearly deliver basic technology/computer stuff in a non condescending way to a relatively uninformed audience. the problem is, for that audience to see it, they have to be somewhat technically literate (i.e. can use a computer well enough to download and watch theses shows). which means that the audience is probably too smart for the segment or that the audience who needs to see it won't.
i wish rev3 were truly a TV network.
love the show so far. hate the set. lose the brick wall. too distracting and busy.
I really enjoyed this segment. It was concise and explained the procedure well without insulting the intelligence of the viewer. Obviously, this segment was intended for more experienced computer users (i.e. people who generally understand computers enough to know when they need a new video card but may not be as confident about installing it) as opposed to completely computer illiterate people. I think this level of assumed understanding is appropriate for Tekzilla, as becoming more technical or less technical than this would begin to alienate viewers. Well done, Patrick.
10-13-2007, 10:25 PM
I also liked the segment but I wish they showed
1) removing the old card
2) where to plug it in (no need to say AGP slot since PCI is white and AGP isn't IIRC)
It's easy to follow but those two things make recognizing which card and which slot is the correct one. Although the card that the monitor plugs into is a dead give away so it may not have been necessary.
10-14-2007, 05:31 AM
One thing they didn't show which might have been helpful, is how/where to plug the power cords in.
While that card had an after market fan/heatsink on there which needs to be plugged into the motherboard, most (if not all) store bought will not have that extra wire. So skipping that is acceptable.
But most newer cards will need to be plugged into the Power Supply via a molex connector (the things you plug into your hard drives and such) in order to function properly. That's one thing I didn't know the first time I installed a newer video card, and it probably would have been helpful here too.
Other than that, great segment. While I miss InDigital, this is shaping up to be a really good show. Good job!