The Mailbag Shelf is FullPosted on July 10th, 2013 65 comments
Please stop sending stuff for the time being!
Better…place at ebay or sale with discount prices.
or outsource a few to some local helpers. Could do a mix of video/ photo+blog write ups.
run a competition and the winner gets to choose a random prize of the lot. Obviously Dave gets the end choice as to what packages are able to be selected, due to what I am sure there being some nice, expensive gear in there….
I read: Please stop sending stuff for the time being!
I see: Keep sending stuff in and Dave will _have_ to do a mailbag video or 10!
I saw exactly the same thing I have one or two things I may add to that pile.
That’s what I call snail-mail spam
another episode of snailbag sunday…
More like sneakernet DDoS.
don´t be such a lazy men and make every monday “mailbag monday video”.
You said that you are earning your living by making the video, so where is the problem?
It is just not very polite from you.
Dave you know i like you, but ivan is right.
Mailbag is a cool segment, if you’ve too much mail you should do it more regularly.
Now i suggest you to do a super-mega mailbag and empty the shelf.
I learned and still learn a lot from your videos. I do really apretiate your work, but unfortunately Ivan has some kind of right in what he said. I had planned to send you some stuff in the very next future but now… i really do not know… Please be aware that for some of your viewers even the postage fee can be significant ammount (sending from abroad). It’s hard to believe that you have really no space in your lab for a few next packages. I hope you won’t loose any potential senders with your post. It could be a loss for us all…
Anyway… the solution is… a bigger shelf
I see that in Poland a few people watching
But to topic,
I think that there should be the same disassembly, maybe some measurements (reverse engineer?) Something simpler but more description.
Maile …. you get a lot of mail, and thus not much of that, a lot of them are advertising? Little is interesting ….
Show time measuring devices, but also advertising, after a while, bored, or even becomes annoying. For example, an oscilloscope GWInstek very weak oscilloscope for big money?
Maybe more design of the electronics and the way showing how to use measuring devices, the use of reverse engineering
Your projects exp: uSupply ceased to develop.
So I’ll watch, but with less interest unless something changes.
I also feel that is a shame that the projects you were developing have stalled. Specially those that you were showing their development with your audience, like the µsupply.
I downloaded and saved all the videos of the µsupply and really learned a lot.
Even small videos showing how the new board you just received differs from the previous one, for example, and why, would be great.
Nevertheless, I watch ALL your videos to the end, so don’t worry, haha.
My understanding with the µSupply is there is a very big issue with the selected regulator. It has a tendency to blow up if the voltage difference between the OUT and the SET pin exceeds some value. A value which could easily be reached in normal operation.
And there doesn’t seem to be a drop-in replacement available. I think you could call that a showstopper
Showing measuring equipment of the highest quality .. OK, hardly anyone has something in his hand and I liked it …
Another voice of Poland (currently from Korea)
You know I like the blog, I like it a lot. You know I also support it.
I could imagine that you have to take a break. I know there were some servers issues, you got sick. Got it.
But please don’t tell all over that you are a full time blogger and later that you are so tired of working 4 days a week on the job that basically you chose and you manage.
Guess what? I am working ~50hrs a week, Leaving before 8am and coming back 7pm. If you say it is your job, then I think you are a lucky bastard, that you can take Monday off.
And seriously, take a holiday from the blog one for a while! If you ask me, you can shut the server for two weeks a year and forget about it. Visit Poland for example
Erm… looking after a toddler for an entire day does not count as a “day off”! You sound like you don’t have children, otherwise you would know that looking after them is a full time job, and doesn’t generally give you much in the way of free time.
the mailbag part is the one that is made by the viewers mostly.
The viewers are also your supporters. I don’t know what are the stats. But if it really is one of the most viewable segments, then stop the other, teardowns or reviews for a while
I’ve gone through all possible outcomes. The only winning move is not receive any more mail.
Although I enjoy the mail-bag segment, I have to agree with Dave on this one. Daddy Day Care Day ™ comes first, no matter what.
Agreed, I also work from home full time for myself and I completely understand where Dave is coming from.
If you insist on posting your goods to an unwanted address, why not instead post them to me, I promise I will open them, but don’t expect any reviews/videos, etc.
Well then quit complaining and get to work! You only have one kid. Try four or more! You have nothing to complain about.
Hi Dave. I see all these messages stressing out your laziness… What a sad way to thank your dedication to your worldwide audience. So let me give you a little advice : leave the camera running and give Sagan the opportunity to make his first mailbag segment
Take Care and Thank you for your wonderful videos
I completely agree with this post. Keep up the good work Dave!
you don’t need to have mailbags only on monday if you’re busy! no one will blame you for a mailbag wednesday!
I perfectly understand the situation: I was about to send something, but I will just wait for the OK from Dave.
Suggestion for Dave: why don’t you transform mailbag monday in a live show? You could stream like 2 or 3 hours of video, do your research on components, make suggestion, receive live feedback from viewers… to me it sounds cool! I would love to see a live teardown, no matter the unforeseen issues (like boxes impossible to open) or possible mistakes, let’s discuss everything together!
So here’s a thought. Guest Mailbag. Invite some other locals over to do the whole shebang for you, give them 3 packages you don’t think you “want” to do the full bit on, and get some additional content from them at lowish impact to you.
I suspect it will be only the info part of infortainment.
Can we still send money?
Dave. I suggest you ditch all the darn commercial spammers sending you engraved pens and such crappy nick nack. They use you for advertisement, and do not pay a single penny for your fabulous and precious airtime. Start charging for promoting commercial items of little interest to makers.
Just publish your fee schedule for any commercial item on your website, and advise them that your opening of their package will COST them. At your discretion, of course…
I have a ton of really vintage, beautiful, eclectic original and cool objects to send you, but I won’t because I feel it’ll stay on the shelf, superceeded by engraved pens and such junk.
Any Mailbag segment the Version 248 of the new microcontroller, New and Improved with one pin and two switches added… well… I loose interest in the segment.
New products (not just a new version of an old board), original products, are cool. Vintage is cool.
Otherwise, I don’t bother to watch it completely. And as far as YOU are concerned, you want traffic.
I actually bought original stuff you featured in your mailbag segment (milli-ohm thigie, and a few others). These were original. Microcontroller boards? I just google and I find them.
Rule is: if it’s stuff I’d never think of googling for, if I discover something new, it’s cool. If I can find it via Google among 547 zillions of me-too products, I won’t watch it.
I think Dave has it right. He should let people know that he is behind on the mailbag and sending him things at this time will mean your stuff will not air for a long time. That’s just being realistic, it’s not being rude or disrespectful to the people who want to give him stuff.
He could probably just tear through the stuff like a kid on Christmas, but that’s not not what viewers or senders want. That would be disrespectful to the people who send him stuff.
BTW, my favorite stuff to see on the mail bag is stuff that viewers have made and Dave reviews them.
I think Dave has a point on this one.
Whats is the point of sending your mail knowing the fact that it will be kept on the shelf for ages? It is frustrating for both parties.
Also, it is not that Dave is lazy or deliberately avoiding them.
I am enjoying every episode and even learning from them.
Dave, I would say, keep it your way and I am happy.
Nikola is right, put the advertising crap off mailbag should be a good idea.
Now, you’re so famous that you can have interesting stuff in the mailbag every week or so.
Just keep doing what you do. And take whatever time you need to do it. I have learned lots of stuff from your videos. And I’ve been entertained by them as well. Fundamental Fridays is a great idea. But who said every Friday? Teardown Tuesday is always fun to watch. But hey, there’s a Tuesday every week. So no teardown this week? Maybe next week or the week after. Just has to be a Tuesday, right? (Actually, wrong. You can do a Teardown Tuesday, or any other segment, on any day of the week. Fine with me.)
And to put my money where my mouth is, I finally got around to sending a donation. Now, as a supporter, I say: keep up the great work and do it at whatever pace you choose. It’s your blog!
do what you want it is your blog in the end there are people that will go away from your blog, but there are also people that com to your blog .
But the only things that matters is that you like to do it.
because all of the blog’s that your are giving us to see is that you like it to do.
and that is all that counts.
your videos are always 100 % and that is what you like to give us.
but mabi take a pause if you need it maybi make a organisation take some people in to do thing for you behind the screen and do your thing in front of the camera.
i like your blogs man i know there are many people that like to see you.
greatings from belgium keep up the good work.
Said in the nicest possible way Dave, don’t waste so much time looking at the stamps, postmarks, postcards etc !!!!!!
Mailbag is great Dave as are all of your videos, but I must admit I had to press the fast-forward button for the very first time while watching your last mailbag. Too much stamp-watch action etc, bored !!!
Keep up the good work anyway, I hope to send you some mailbag inventions in the distant future !!!
I especially like the part where Dave comments the stamps and the post card layouts!
If you like a lot postcard, why don’t open it in altzone?
I will watch you anyway
I realy love the mailbag videos, and I would hate to see then condensed for the shake of empty the pile. Some times the best is to make it slow and good.
Let Dave have time to look at each of then and not to hurry him up.
I am very very curious about the package He says will take a hole episode to review.
What could it be?
Although Nik has a good point, I like the way Dave opens the mail packages. The stamps, the comments, etc. I still think that he should slide one or two packages in other videos, at the end or whatever. Some teardown videos are short enough to accept an extra surprise mailbag at the end, as I expressed before.
One of the most attractive parts of the mailbag segments are the opening itself.
All these comments will decant to a better outcome.
You know what I want you to do, Dave? You should do what YOU want. You rock and I totally appreciate everything you’ve done for the community and me personally. I have learned a TON from you, and for that I am grateful. Please, keep up the good work and do what feels right to you! Clearly, since you’ve built this great community, what you like to focus on is perfect for us to consume! Thanks!
I would love to be able to say my electronics mail shelf was full… I bet this is the best kind of spam you can receive.
First let me start by saying how much I appreciate your work, I learned a lot from your videos and watch them weekly.
I would just like to say what you probably already know, that you can’t please everyone. By attempting to do so, I think the videos will just become slow, dull and generic. Keep doing what you think is best, it’s worked pretty darn well so far. I see no reason to listen or even read all the bleating demands which other people feel entitled to put on you, especially since the ones which complain most, tend to contribute least.
Again, thank you for your hard work and all the time you dedicate in making this a great electronics blog. Also, if you decide to take a few days off, I’m sure noone will blame you . I’m certain that a small vacation helps the quality of your videos as well as everything else.
you should build a mailbag traffic light in your lab.
red = The mailbag shelf is full. Stop sending, please.
orange = Only postcards.
green = Send me more interesting stuff, please.
Maybe with a little banner in the first and last minutes.
I love your blog so much but have not enough spare time to view all episodes in “real” time. From time to time (week to month) I pick interesting sounding things out and watch them from eevblog.com. Without an adblock plugin! Then I rate them and flag them as viewed in my iTunes achive . I don’t watch TV so EEVblog and some others are my TV evenings in my Lab! I think I saw around 80%.
There is no problem at all if you slow down some consuming things and make them only every 2nd, 3rd week or if you have time to do it right.
I like that there are so much refreshing different formats in your blog. In-, and Outdoor walk or drive, FF, TD, DD, … don’t stop trying things out.
There is one outstanding example that has engraved in my mind: Episode #284 – Toothbrush Teardown
I was so surprised on the details you get out of it. I love such deep analysis on teardown or dumpster diving gear.
Btw. I know that children always cost more time and nerves (and money) as they are growing. Because you can’t leave them in a “drawer” like such a project that has become boring.
So let me thank you for nearly 500 episodes (unbelievable) of always entertaining engineering from down under. Awesome!
Michael from Germany
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