This is a guest post written by Alex Corneliusen, editor of the excellent website texutable.com. Texutable features tech news, reviews and how-to guides for tech-heads of all skill levels. Check them out!
If you love computers like we do, then you’ve probably ended up on Reddit a time or two yourself. Scratch the surface of Reddit and you will soon discover it is so much more than the breeding ground of dickbutt memes, Reddit has a “sub” for every topic and is an awesome resource for IT industry news and learning… and dickbutt memes.
Whether you are only a casual IT fan, just starting out in the industry or a seasoned veteran then Reddit has a sub for you. Here is our top 10 list of IT Subreddits.
Our Categories for ranking:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how interesting is the content (to those who consider their selves “tech savvy” at the very least). Working in IT may not have the same adventurous connotations as say, being a fireman does, but that doesn’t mean it is boring, Bonus points if the sub is known to also be humorous.
Usefulness… sure that’s a word, according to spellcheck anyway. I’m going to rank each of the selected Subreddits out of five for how useful they are. Sure, this can be a pretty subjective spectrum to judge on, but if a tech-sub isn’t useful then what is the point of it?
Anybody can create a sub on Reddit, but that doesn’t mean others will join, and if there is minimal activity on the thread, then obviously there is minimal active users right? The more daily posts, the better the community, and usually the better a particular sub will be a helping, informing and teaching you what you need to know about IT, fast enough for the information to be relevant in the the ever changing industry environment.
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We’re going to start with the most prominent and for that matter the most obvious. Over at our tech blog texutable.com, r/technology is quite easily our favourite. It features a wide array of unique active contributors, with plenty of passion and a great community. It is safe to say that the r/technology subreddit is one of the most diverse, useful and interesting communities to be a part off, not only do you find out about the latest tech news hours before the press does, but you learn just by joining the community.
This community is overflowing with tips and suggestions – want to know what updates to complete and what updates are just plain ol’ buggy? What about awareness of the latest security threats, including breaches that companies might want kept hushed, such as plain-text password leaks from major social media companies, or websites that may possibly be a little more Russian owned then the copious red, white and blue might suggest?
And at the end of the day, r/technology is all about the tech. What’s your favourite piece of Tech? Let us know in the comments below!
I work in an IT support role, and if i get a ticket addressed to “iiiiiiitttttttttttt” I’m going to assume the users keyboard is broken. Finding this sub might be a little tricky, is it r/IT? r/ittttttt? Nope. The trick to remembering the unique spelling of this sub is to scream it into the abyss and listen for what screams back…
The r/iiiiiiitttttttttttt subreddit, is a favourite of those folks who know what it is to work in an IT support role. It is a place to share the frustrations experienced when dealing with the non tech-savvy. From batteries being inserted forcefully, and unfortunately incorrectly, to users inserting paper into a printer without first removing the packaging, this sub is the place for war-stories.
In our experience even with no more IT knowledge on hand then what you picked up in that one IT Crowd episode (“have you turned it off and on again”), you’d be able to fix 95% of the issues that arise throughout this subreddit, but there are still some users out there that mange to complicate even a basic power-cycle. This sub is to make fun of those people, with some often hilarious threads.
Do you have the a stupid IT question? Ask us about it in our forum, it is a no judgement zone… work in tech support and have your own stories to share? Share it in the comments below!
You guessed it again! The r/techsupport community mainly consists of tech novices, as well as tech “experts” that share problems and work together to come up with solutions. We highly suggest going to check it out here, it has helped us out of many dilemmas over the years, and quite frankly it can be a lot more useful than a Google search because a while a Google search will often find posts with the same questions, that unfortunately doesn;t guarantee answer.
In general, there are some pretty useful community members who haunt r/techsupport, ourselves included (usefulness may vary), and even if we don’t need the communities help personally, we still try to resolve the original posters problem. Fortunately, when a problem arises, you generally receive a resolution or suggestion within a 10 minute time frame.
Well, we bet you can’t guess what this one is about. PC master race is a community predominantly based on the PC infrastructure present in today’s society, it alludes a wide array of topics from building a custom PC all the way to the latest and greatest graphics card! If your planning to build a custom PC or you’re just generally interested in the feel free to join the community here. We especially commend the meme quality, and large junior audience for their positive attitude towards building PCs, coding and in general being a useful part of the community.
This is an extremely active community geared towards those who call themselves sysadmins. Yep, your right, the community covers all the dreadful disadvantages of being a sysadmin (get ready for some rants), but is also chock full of industry news, advice and technical nohow that isn’t found anywhere else.
This particular community can get pretty wild – members asking obvious questions can end up following some unexpected tangents, and you get a peak into the differences and similarities between IT teams all over the world work. From small single person IT teams in rural Ohio, to metropolitan MSPs to large scale enterprise IT teams supporting multiple international sites.
Although this sub is for sysadmins, by sysadmins, no matter what your role is in IT, you are going to learn something when hanging out here.
Whether learning to better manage the hardware in your organisation, finding out the fastest and most effective way to apply software across multiple sites, or trying to get a feeling for the pay rates and working conditions elsewhere, then r/sysadmin is the sub for you.
Linux is everywhere There are more servers running Linux globally then every other operating system combined. Also, while M$ seems to be finding new and creative ways to charge consumers out the butt, Linux is quite often free – so if you know anyone that’s a cheapskate, and wants to administrate a business? Well this is probably the right subreddit for them!
Linux is a open source operating system that can be found running on just about every type of device from servers to single board computers to IOT devices to desktops. Linux systems adminstration is a whole other ball game when compared to Windows, and so it has its own dedicated sub.
Never tried Linux? Give it a go! We recommend Ubuntu as a good entry point. Ubuntu comes in both desktop and server version which you can find here. We have gained a lot of knowledge from this particular subreddit from issues with particular kernels all the way to setting up time-machine. So go check it out, you’ll truly enjoy it!
This one speaks for itself, this community talks Windows, Windows, WIndows.
I suppose you could say this community is a bit of a mixed bag, it covers IT issues, features, and recommended programs for the worlds most popular operating system and we find this community particularly helpful (sometimes even better than r/techsupport).
In general, this community is pretty well contained, with active mods who make the platform so much easier to use, and straight to the point. Some of the most popular questions in this forum are a bit on the simple side (“why isn’t my second display turning on”) but sometimes this sub has the answer to the very issue you are experienceing! Especially with Windows 10’s rolling release updates.
Are you a Windows user? A Linux user? A Mac OS user? Perhaps a Samaung Dex user? Let us know in the comments below!
Are you ready to build a new battle station? But want to seek inspiration first? Well this is the right subreddit for you! R/BattleStations suites a wide array of budgets from those with a Core 2 Duo (no offence), all the way to i9-9980XE builds. These Redditors love their RGB, it’s everywhere throughout the forum, like everywhere! To be honest, sometimes this group is where people ‘show off’, like who in the world is going to use five screens to the best of their potential? Absolutely no one is the answer, most people can manage their workflow with two screens, if not three, but five is just over the top in my opinion.
What would contribute to your dream battle station? Perhaps a 32″ ultrawide curved monitor or a i9 processor? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you ever wonder what the world will look like in 10, 20, or 50 years? Wondering what technical advancements will take place? Well your in the right place, the Futurology subreddit is a very speculative group that features lots of news articles, predictions and theories as to how technology will shape our future.
What do you wish a robot could do? Make dinner for free? Pay the bills? Let us know in the comments below!
Usefulness is only 2/5 on this one as while it is very cool, it is kind of irrelevant… at least for a few years.
Even those of you that like dwelling under giant rocks have likely heard of Bitcoin, the digital currency that seems to go from worthless to extremely valuable and back again overnight? Bitcoin is “virtual money” but without any companies, banks or even government having any control over how you spend your income (or how you made your income for that matter).
Theoretically the decentralized blockchain based currency comes with heaps of benefits, some of them including no taxes, low transaction fees, and anonymity. It’s a favorite tool of the shadier parts of the internet, with retailers left unable to determine who brought… um those things. Do you remember when Bitcoin was the ‘next big thing’, well that’s how this subreddit was formed, and has since been used to discuss prices and growth trends, security best practices, competing technologies and a whole heap of gamblers betting Bitcoin will “take them to the moon”.
Have you ever invested or want to invest in Bitcoin? Let us know in the comments below!
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