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Cringe car crash camera repair over at Linus Tech Tips

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Howardlong:
Well, this was seriously painful to watch.



For a guy who's in the hole for several $100,000 for his new "testing lab", this doesn't bode well: this was a case of almost no gear and mostly no idea. Hopefully the guy he's hired to run his testing lab (Gary Key, ex-ASUS) will put him right, but it's not clear what his real hands-on technical skills are beyond marketing and vendor management are either.

But, to be fair, I am sure that Linus will rack up enough revenue to pay for a dozen new cameras.

ataradov:
They are in the entertainment business. The cringier it is, the better for engagement. And it clearly worked. I had no idea about this video and whatever Linus is doing, yet you brought it here.

TheAmmoniacal:
For someone who spent >$100,000 for an ATX power supply tester I wish they would get better soldering and reflow equipment.. and some low-melt solder.. I don't know if they do this on purpose for the entertainment or because they want to use "accessible" gear.

Monkeh:

--- Quote from: TheAmmoniacal on September 17, 2022, 08:46:47 pm ---For someone who spent >$100,000 for an ATX power supply tester I wish they would get better soldering and reflow equipment.. and some low-melt solder.. I don't know if they do this on purpose for the entertainment or because they want to use "accessible" gear.

--- End quote ---

Beyond Youtube ad revenue, which is probably greater if they make a mess of it, is there any return on investment for that? They're not in the repair business, they're not in the design and manufacturing business.

Howardlong:

--- Quote from: TheAmmoniacal on September 17, 2022, 08:46:47 pm ---For someone who spent >$100,000 for an ATX power supply tester I wish they would get better soldering and reflow equipment.. and some low-melt solder.. I don't know if they do this on purpose for the entertainment or because they want to use "accessible" gear.

--- End quote ---

That was precisely where I was going with this. The power supply tester thing was another cringe, boasting about how it was a better more modern setup than the power supply manufacturers'. I was left on that occasion with the impression of all the gear, no idea. I have a lot more trust in what Gamers Nexus is doing on that front, and has been doing for some time.

I can't help but think Linus's lab gear risks sitting there gathering dust, becoming little more than trophy gear: it will be very dependent on who he hires to make it work: a cheap 21 year old straight out of college is unlikely to be the right fit, you need a wealth of technical experience, an SME, someone who knows a lot more than he does in the field. AIUI the financial justification for his lab expenditure is to provide third party test facilities, but he'll need people who know WTF they're doing, and right now I don't see much evidence of that, although TBF he tends not to put probation employees on video.

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