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Living Room / Re: My new project is now live: Co-op For Two on YouTube
« on: September 02, 2023, 01:50 PM »
@mouser - If you want to get those numbers up, here are a few things you can do as well as some observations:

* Your videos are from 4 min to 4+ hours... so...
* Break up videos into shorter clips, i.e. excerpts
* Clips should be around 2-5 minutes
* Do shorts - 1 min max
* Keep up with the playlists, but as you create smaller, more digestible clips/shorts, add those in as playlists too

Take a look at some popular channels and how they do it, e.g. Joe Rogan, Dave Rubin, Redacted, Russell Brand, Jordan Peterson, etc. They all (mostly) have easily digestible quick videos in addition to their longer ones.

I'm subscribed to your channel, but I can't ever recall seeing you in my feed. I'll click the notification bell thing & see if you start to show up there.

Living Room / Re: Where is Mouser ?
« on: August 30, 2023, 08:17 PM »
...for some reason it seems to be harder than normal for me to multi-task... 

Amphetamines are the answer. Seriously. Like ADHD medication or lots of coffee.  :D

Living Room / Re: Arduino anyone?
« on: February 07, 2023, 11:23 PM »
Heh... Been a while since I've checked around here.

I'm working with Arduinos (mostly Nanos), ESP32s, ESP8266s, Pi Picos, and a few other MCUs. Fun stuff!


I need to do multiple files at once, so... some fast hacks to get that done.

Alpha as it's not completely done. If you want to do a second batch, you need to restart. Minor point.

ZIP file is attached.

Living Room / Re: Best forums for consumers and online buyers ?
« on: June 17, 2022, 12:02 AM »
I don't use any forums, but I buy a LOT on AliExpress. Like, really a LOT. Staggeringly a lot. I'm a Diamond level user there.

I also use Amazon for some things and eBay occasionally. Banggood, sometimes, but not much.

I buy mostly electronics stuff.

Oh, I had 1 GREAT STEAL on Amazon where I bought a 65" 8K TV to use as a computer monitor. Snagged that puppy at less than half price!

However, here's a great strategy that works on them all...

1. Find what you want, but don't buy it - have patience
2. Search around for it more
3. Click on the suggestions that are sufficiently similar
4. Keep clicking on those suggestions
5. Add things to your cart, but don't buy. Keep them for a few days or whatever - you can delete them after some time. Think of it as "saving" things - forget the wish list.

If you do that for a while, the platform that you're using will start to "understand" you and serve up better results for you. With AliExpress and Amazon both (probably the best 2), you'll keep getting the same recommendations, but new ones will creep in. You'll eventually get what you want at a great price.

Also, things to watch carefully:

1. Seller reputation
2. Number of sales of that item from that seller
3. Customer reviews of the item
4. Shipping costs

Make sure to read reviews.

For AliExpress, often things are so cheap that you're likely best off buying the same thing from 2 DIFFERENT sellers. Some ship much faster than others. Also, you may not get what you want from 1 due to customs or some other problem, so having 2 orders is often useful. (Could say the same about Amazon as they can suck just as bad.)

Another thing to look for is official stores for a particular brand/item. You can often get them cheaper and more reliably then from other "no-name" sellers.

Make sure to compare AliExpress vs Amazon as well, because for larger items or some particularly common items, you may get a cheaper price on Amazon and need to wait less.

It's also worth checking against other brick & mortar retailers, e.g. Walmart. I picked up some styptic liquid that goes for around $22.30 CAD per bottle, but I got it from Walmart for $57 or so for a pack of 12. WAAAAYYY better prices there.

For higher end items, it's often best to just bite the bullet and order from the most reliable place possible, even if you need to pay a few extra dollars (or euros or other fiat shitcoins).

Anyways, not about forums there - just me blathering about what I've seen.


In most cases it seems like online communities related to a particular product are usually the best resources.

Bang on the money. Search forums dedicated to a particular product category. or YouTube, or whatever. Facebook groups or anything.

Make sure to also check out my most recent thought crimes... Mwahahahhahhah! I've been naughty, and it will only get worse!

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