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Great Timewasters: 5 Videos to Enhance Your Weekend

Keith Shaw of our sister publication, ITWorld, scours the web for fun, informative and unusual videos.

There are a lot of videos on YouTube, and even more on other sites spread out across the Internet. So instead of searching far and wide for good trailers, how-to videos, tech reviews or what have you, just let the professionals do the work. Here are five from his catalogue to brighten your weekend.


I loved the movie Wall-E and after seeing a few DIY Wall-E robots around, this one is the coolest. This little Wall-E look-alike responds to voice commands, can track objects and faces, and even gets sad when you take his big red ball away.

Social Networking

Some people are still trying to decide if they want to switch to Google+ from Facebook, stay where they are, or just give up on social networks. This video provides a comical, yet surprisingly informative way to look at the two networks and the features each offers. The producers end up favoring Google+ in the video, so if you're looking for a reason to say on Facebook you probably won't find it here.


I remember seeing pictures of the Mars Rover being worked on by folks in white suits with hairnets, masks, and gloves. I didn't understand why they needed to be so careful at the time, but after watching this short video, I get a better understanding.. Now I see why the International Space Station is still functioning, unlike the Ikea table I got two years ago.

Dark Side Instructions

What would a weekend be without some video referencing Star Wars? Here's a tutorial on how to turn to the dark side.

Computers in the Brain

Let's finish up with a trailer for a new web series set in the future where you can access the internet from a computer system embedded in your brain. But then things start to go awry when a virus strikes the network. Of course, chaos ensues.

Thanks, Keith! His blog is called ITWorld.TV.

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