Some favorites of mine are Joe Scott (Answers with Joe on YT), Knowing Better, and LowSpecGamer (started with his namesake, moved to video essays on the history of the gaming industry at large). Knowing Better attempts
to give unbiased explanations of societal mechanics and long-forgotten echoes of past social issues; he doesn't usually succeed in the 'unbiased' part of his goal but because I align more-or-less with him politically I'm not too bothered. Just confessing my own biases here.
Another few channels I follow but usually only watch when it catches my interest are Half as Interesting, RealLifeLore and Wendover Productions. Yes, I'm aware I'm relatively basic.
Some channels I'd like
to see produce content for Nebula are Dave's Garage (retired MS dev), Ben Eater, Technology Connections, and Night Mind (more of a horror channel). Maybe PatricianTV. Other channels on YT I subscribe to I'm obviously subscribed to for a reason, but don't really feel their content is "professional" enough for such a service. Not that being "professional" prevents my subscriptions from releasing stupid videos on occasion.
That's quite a nuanced point about so-called "lifetime" licenses not really being so, and legal definitions not necessarily aligning with common ones. My knee-jerk paranoia about the situation seems rather unjustified in retrospect. I wish I could pivot over to an entirely FOSS-based workflow so I wouldn't even really need to think about licensing, since I don't tend to change
code, but the demands of my employment and entertainment conspire to keep at least one foot in the MS ecosystem.
Keeping with the theme of legal discussion, I find myself puzzled at the situation with Microsoft's impending acquisition of Activision-Blizzard. On the one hand, I have no desire to see a big company snap up yet another big company, but on the other, it couldn't happen to a better one given Act-Blizz's recent scandals and toxic work culture. Not to mention, not a single studio under their umbrella seem to be able to release a competent product that isn't a rehash of an older, more illustrious one. I'm guessing money is the motivator for that one -- they're on strict time-tables, so they can post numbers for shareholders, but it comes at a long-term cost of faith in their brands and IP I believe. I'm hoping Microsoft understands this and arranges for sane development schedules in the future.
The FTC and Sony seem awfully keen to block this, but if it went to court I'm betting MS would win. The FTC seems awfully concerned with Microsoft's doings compared to AT&T's, Disney's, or even Sony themselves. Not that I don't agree with their point that further consolidation of the industry only stands to harm consumers -- it's just a nuanced situation that's bigger than my own personal opinions on the subject.
I've been eyeing a used MacBook or Mini or some such recently so I could kick the tires a bit on OS X so I can confidently support them for my work. Not that we plan to take on any customers that make heavy use of the Apple ecosystem right now, but it's good to have on the resume and good to know in case I run into any machines in the wild. That said, apparently everything necessary to Hackintosh the laptop I bought recently for a project appears to be available (it's a Latitude 7490, for context) and if it's just the OS I need to become familiar with I'm definitely leaning toward the cheaper or free option. I'm just not sure I feel like nuking the drive on that right now.