Who is your favorite TechTuber and why? Here's my review
I've been reading a lot more of PCMR lately. I've read the comments of the decline of LinusTechTips. I've seen the difference in his older videos and his new ones. Personally I'm not a huge gamer. Yeah I have a custom built PC and I play some games on it but it was purposely built to be a developer machine. Growing up, I could never afford a gaming PC and I preferred the original series on Nintendo and PlayStation consoles. So when I look for TechTubers, I mainly look for entertainment. Now that's not to say I'd wish LinusTechTips to not bring informative content. I would just feel more included if they targeted towards PCMR careers too. I'll get into suggestions later. Here is my list of favorite TechTubers in priority order as well as pros and cons of them. 1) Linus Tech Tips (LTT) PRO: Their professional studio/workspace and various staff makes them feel professional. I do enjoy the humor and but the best series they have are the build theme competitions between Luke and Linus and their best series: ScrapYard Wars. I watch them for the humor and the builds. I'll watch 90% of his videos that come out. Uploads a new video every day. CONS: I don't mind the puns and lame jokes but I can see a difference between scripted/cringe Linus and natural Linus. Every single humor video has dick jokes and innuendos with emphasis. I know that’s his humor but he lays it on thick (THICC) sometimes. I also see him as exclusively a computer TechTuber. When I see cellphone and console stuff, I'll watch it but I see other TechTubers as more of an authority on it. I know that advertisements pay the bill but it feels like it's too much here. With the intro AND OUTRO ads, i feel like videos can be up to 20% advertisement. I may be exaggerating but that's just how I feel. 2) Bitwit/AwesomeSauce Network PRO: Since he's a smaller TechTuber there is potential of reviewing other stuff (like the powerline Ethernet adapter). Sometimes does collaborations with LTT. Collaborated with LTT in ScrapYard Wars Season 5. I'll watch some of his videos if they are different enough; mostly builds. CONS: This guy is super cringy. I hate his cringy advertisements and I hated his channel's former name. WifeySauce is probably the worst thing to come out of a person's mouth. Looks like he used to work out of his house. This is not bad but it left an informal and unprofessional feeling. This was what made him different from LTT. However that originality is gone now that he moved into an office space. 3) Paul's Hardware PRO: More serious than any of the other TechTubers. I think that leads to a level of professionalism and authority. I'll watch him for some his builds. Collaborated with LTT in ScrapYard Wars Season 5. CONS: He has a boring look and voice to me. It's not his fault. He works out of his house. I know he's a smaller TechTuber but I do like the professional office of LTT. For now, this is an originality point for him. I won’t watch the collaboration/new videos with Bitwit. I know these are computer building YouTube channels, but who has money to build a PC every month? What do these people do with all these builds? 4) JayzTwoCents PRO: Balance of serious and entertaining. Jokes and facial expressions aren't too cringy. I'll never build a watercooling system but it was fun to learn what it was and how to bend hardline tubes. Collaborated with LTT in ScrapYard Wars Season 5. CONS: I watch the least amount of videos from him. I won't watch every video he uploads. After watching the other channels, I don't feel I need to watch anything he puts out because I got it all out of my system. Sorry Jay. Honorable Mention: Carey Holzman Info: I used to watch his build videos for years before building my second PC a few months ago. He runs his own business as a computer repair technician. His work includes building new computers, diagnosing and removing viruses, replacing components, etc. PRO: I've seen the video and audio quality of his videos increase over the years as he acquires better and better AV equipment. His videos go from start of a build to the end of the build with close ups and explanations of components. I recommend watching his videos if you are new to building computers. CONS: I've stopped watching his videos for a few reasons; mainly because I got the gist of things and know how to build PCs now. He talks way too much; sometimes repeating himself numerous times. He'll go on tangents and this slows the build process down to a crawl. His complete videos used to be about an hour long. Now they are going on two hours. He started doing live streaming (probably to get more YouTube revenue) and it's mostly him watching the comment feed and answering questions. As much as I'd see TechTubers do a Q&A, it's very boring to watch especially live. Also he doesn't do AMD builds. He says it’s because his customers don't request AMD builds. I know when businesses sign a contract with big computer suppliers like HP, Dell and Lenovo those companies have contracts to do all their builds with Intel. This leads to business and developers to have all Intel builds (myself included because that’s what I trust for development and virtualization).
additions made 3/25/2018
I watched more TechTubers over the past few months. I've slowed down a lot now and now looking into other YouTube content. Here's how my opinion has changed. In no particular order: JayzTwoCents I found myself watching more of him after I heard he was the go to watercooling/hardline tubing guy. I enjoyed his step by step hardline and bending guides. It was educational which made it entertaining. I've seen a few more like his GPU content but I did stop watching for now. Congrats on the new studio. Paul's Hardware I haven't watched any more of his content; maybe a video here and there. Maybe I was a little judgmental at first. I still don't know why there needs to be a build of the month segment. Who builds a PC every month? Congrats on the new studio too. Bitwit/AwesomeSauce Network I did watch I think one or two gaming competitions he did with his wife. Any mention of Overwatch I'll watch. I didn't watch much else. I still think he's kind of cringey. Linus Tech Tips (LTT) I no longer watch every video that comes out just because my interests have changed. I do catch one or two that really interest me. I also did watch a few WAN shows. I never thought I'd find weekly news topics interesting but a few things interesting. I was very excited when they talked about doing a few segments on Bitcoin. I did watch the Mining Adventure videos when they came out and liked them. I now know a little bit more about LTT. They are part entertainment, part informative/educational, and part... something else (idk). They really are the Top Gear of computers. I want them to expand more on the whole Bitcoin thing but really they are there to give an explanation and overview with each topic they cover. Either that or they shove a bunch of RGB parts in a tempered glass case with some innuendos. If they do another Bitcoin video I would like them to cover splitting coins and more in-depth use of popular wallet software. But I think they did their job of grabbing interests from viewers. It's now up to the viewers to seek out more in-depth info on the subject. A big topic now in the community is picking up used video cards that could have been used for mining. I think LTT did do a video comparing a used video card with a new one (or maybe it was dirty vs clean card). I think they should revisit the topic. They should show them buying a few cards from hardcore miners and compare the performance of the card vs a brand new one. I'm in the camp of thought where mining doesn't really put a lot of strain on the card where as long gaming sessions does. I don't have the resources to prove the theory but Tech Tubers do. The experiment is not limited to LTT but any popular Tech Tuber. I know from tweets and his videos that JayzTwoCents is not a fan of miners and the subject but his friend Barnacules Nerdgasm is. Maybe someone will cover the topic eventually. So that's my review and personal opinion of the Tech Tubers that I watch. All in all they entertained me and I hope they keep up the good work.
First time paying for something in person with Bitcoin
My SO and I were on the way home from a motocamping trip and I was hungry and in the mood for some barbecue. She did some googling and found a place that was along our route called "Official BBQ and Burgers" in Harrisburg, PA. When we pulled into the parking lot, I had a nerdgasm when I saw the "Bitcoin Accepted Here" sign on the door. The girl behind the counter didn't really know what to do so I offered to pay with a credit card if it would be easier for her, but then she pulled out a sheet of paper with a QR code on it. I scanned it with my Coinbase app and entered the amount and showed her that the payment went out. It seems like that's probably not the best way for them to accept bitcoin payment, but I guess it's a start. Either way, the food was delicious. I would eat there again regardless of the fact that they accept bitcoin. http://www.officialbbq.net/
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