App of the week: Snapguide
Of this there can be little doubt: The Internet has been essential to the explosion of the do-it-yourself movement. We got our first inklings of this truth in the very earliest days, when we realized that the Internet was the obvious best place to find help solving computer problems. Computer geeks had created the greatest resource for becoming a computer geek one could ever imagine. It did not take long for non-geeks to join the party, and recognize the utility of this infinite online encyclopedia for getting us up to speed on every domain of human existence.
The generation weaned after the Web considers this their birthright: If you want to figure out how to do something, chances are very high there is a YouTube video containing all the relevant details waiting patiently for your attention.
But I've always personally felt a little guilty about my parasitic relationship to these amazing resources. I consume far more than I produce; I learn much more than I contribute. Googling a how-to video is easy, but making one of my own usually seemed like too much trouble. Lame, but true.