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    xentric reacted to Rune in ebay seller is scamming me   
    This thread is golden.
    @Quality Cellular you are great. Stick around
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    xentric reacted to Quality Cellular in ebay seller is scamming me   
    I am the Ebay Seller that is apparently scamming this buyer.
     
    Here is what happened.
     
    The buyer purchased a black 4S iPhone LCD digitizer. After purchasing, the buyer sent me a message to let me know that he ordered the wrong one and asked if I can send a white one instead. When I saw the messages, I saw the "Buyer wants to cancel order" message.
     
    So, I messaged the buyer and said that I can can send the White LCD digitizer instead of the Black one that was ordered. I said that there was no need to cancel the order. I then asked if the buyer would still like to cancel the order anyway.
     
    More than a day later, still no reply from the buyer. Yes, I read my messages. Yes, I sent you a reply to your message. Look in the Ebay message center!
     
    I was getting my orders ready to drop off at the Post Office and still never received a reply from the buyer. So, I packaged a White LCD iPhone 4S digitizer.
     
    I dropped off the packages at the Post Office. Even though it is the Thanksgiving long weekend. The Post Office has a mail drop off box. I mark the orders as shipped as soon as the packages leaves my hands and is in the possession of Canada Post.
     
    However, the Post Office will not be shipping your order until the mail goes out tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.
     
    I will phone the Post Office first thing in the morning and get the package back. Then I will refund your purchase.
     
    I was notified about this thread from a forum reader and was warned that a buyer was planning on leaving me a Negative or Neutral feedback. I have received 2 Negative feedback in the past 9 months out of 3500 transactions. That should say something about the level of customer service that I provide. In the 4 years of selling online, I have never taken more than 24 hours to reply to any customer message, even on weekends and holidays.
     
    Here is a complete timeline of events.
     
    Friday, October 7th at 6:01 pm: Buyer makes purchase
    Friday, October 7th at 6:03 pm  Buyer sends message asking if I can send White iPhone 4s LCD instead of the Black one that was purchased
    Friday, October 7th at 6:05 pm Buyer requests to cancel order
    Friday, October 7th at 7:07 pm  I replied to buyer message to let the buyer know that I can ship the White LCD no problem and that there is no need to cancel the order. I still asked if the buyer would like to cancel the order anyway.
    Saturday, October 8th at 10:58 pm, I marked the order as shipped, half an hour after I dropped my orders off at the Post Office. Yes, sometimes I do drop the packages off at the Post Office late at night.
     
    Question for the buyer: Do you ever check YOUR messages??? If you checked the Ebay message center, you would see the message that I sent. I just checked to make sure that the message did get sent. It did.
     
    Another question. Why didn't you sent me another message instead of complaining that I am a scammer on a public forum?
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    xentric got a reaction from Quality Cellular in ebay seller is scamming me   
    I'm enjoying this threat so much. Great read. I use to work in retail for 8 years so I can relate. I never understood in retail why smart people turn really stupid when it comes to being customers.
     
    I'm on the sellers side. Glad we got his side of the story and the seller stayed professional. I'm not an Ebay user but I mite become one now knowing that people take it very seriously.  
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    xentric got a reaction from MrPants_ in Rumored Specs & Details of Intels Upcoming KabyLake Lineup   
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    xentric reacted to SSL in Computer components at airport?   
    Expect to be detained and probed.
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    xentric got a reaction from Jurunce in Blizzard is suing cheat creator Bossland, claims they have cost Blizzard millions in lost sales.   
    I don't understand where this myth came from. I assume it's from people that don't understand business.
     
    Significant number of Blizzard shares were owned by a company called Vivendi Universal. Vivendi was the controlling shareholder at the time. "On July 9, 2008, Activision officially merged with Vivendi Games, culminating in the inclusion of the Blizzard brand name in the title of the resulting holding company. On July 25, 2013, Activision Blizzard announced the purchase of 429 million shares from majority owner Vivendi."
     
    A merge and acquisition are completely different things. Also Activision-Blizzard is a publishing company that was created when Activision and Vivendi Games merged. Vivendi decided to use the brand name Blizzard. Blizzard is a game studio, Activation is a publisher. Blizzard still publishes their own games and Activision is not Blizzard's publisher so they don't have say.
     
    A good read: https://www.engadget.com/2009/04/12/activision-blizzard-is-not-blizzard/
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    xentric reacted to nicklmg in What Happened To LTT?   
    Oh, this thread again... lol. Not trying to be rude, but it seems like this comes up about every 6 months. People truly don't like change...

    If you honestly think that we're starting to "go back to the original look," I'd like you to go back and watch some of the content from the 2008-2012 days  trust me, it is a lot worse than you remember.

    I won't argue that the content on our channel has changed a LOT - and it will continue to change. As our hosts and production crew continue to grow personally and professionally their tastes, opinion, skills, and many other aspects will change. And for the content to remain the same would provide a final product that isn't genuine. That's one of the things that I love about working here - whether the audience feels that the content is great, or that the content sucks, it is always going to be the content that our team wants to make. And for that reason, we thank those that support every video so very, very much.

    2014 was an amazing year for the industry. Devil's Canyon (I think? I can't keep these names straight...). Haswell-E. 900 series. 200series. Ultrawide monitors were introduced. We did the Mineral Oil PC. We built whole room watercooling.

    2014 was an explosive year for the channel as well. We hit 1 million subscribers, and that was the first year that we began to gain a lot of freedom in the content we could create, as the channel became much more ubiquitous and the reach was significant enough to facilitate whatever parts requests we had. All in all it was an incredible year, and we created some amazing content throughout it.

    While some of your feedback has a lot of value - build logs have been very vloggy lately, and build guides have been non-existent - I feel like some of the disappointment does in fact come from the lack of interesting new products on the market, as well as the overall "incremental" direction of the industry.
     
    We simply don't review products like PSUs and CPU coolers anymore because 1. new entries are, for the most part, iterative improvements nowadays and 2. the marketplace is just a spreadsheet. "This is priced between cooler a and cooler b and performs a little better than cooler a and a little worse than cooler b. It's from a brand that we trust, so it's probably a safe choice if you're building a new PC or upgrading."
     
    Those videos are boring to create and even more boring to watch when you could just as easily glean the info you need from skimming a text article. What we're trying to do here is create something that is both entertaining and informative every single day. And yes, sometimes we do not succeed in that. But I think we have a damn good track record of doing so, especially given the amount of content we create.
     
    A negative aspect of the change in direction is that it also contributes to the lack of build guides. It's a lot easier to set aside 8 or more hours for concepting, planning, and scripting, 16-20 hours of shooting time (x2 as Linus and one shooter have to be there for the full duration), plus 3-4 full days of editing minimum (if you factor in the awesome animated intros on our build guides) when you're reviewing something like a CPU cooler on 2 of the other 6 release days that week.

    Again, I don't mean to come off as rude here - we definitely appreciate the feedback. I just think that there are other factors in play that many people don't consider, coupled with the fact that many people see the old content through rose-colored glasses.
    I certainly miss the build guides as well. It's just incredibly difficult to justify setting aside 60 man hours (minimum) for a single video when we have so much on the go.
    Quick point of clarification:

    A build LOG is not the same as a build GUIDE.

    A build LOG is supposed to be an overview video. A build GUIDE is an in-depth walkthrough and showcase.

    We are not trying to pass those two videos off as the same, so please don't imply that we are ("Look at the vlog style in a supposedly studio quality video"). They are specifically labeled as different styles of videos.
     
    No one here is going to argue with your claim that the build guide is a higher quality video than the build log. It also takes 3-4 times as long to make at minimum.
    We have different sets for different reasons. As you mentioned, stuff like Tech Showdown requires a different backdrop and a set with different capabilities than something like a review.
     
    Thanks very much for the kind words.
    Pretty much hit the nail on the head.
     
    One of the reasons we haven't been doing build guides lately is that we want that format to maintain its prominence. We don't want to do "another 4K-capable PC build guide" every month, or every quarter, or even every year. We want each one to have an amazing identity and scratch a different (yet equally satisfying) itch for the PC-inclined.

    And of course, the huge time commitment involved in making one is a bit of a hindrance as well. I don't know about 10 other videos, but it's certainly in the 4-6 range.

    I certainly hope that we'll do some more build guides soon, but that is not within my control.
    I wouldn't doubt that Linus said that exactly, but I think what he MEANT was that he only wants to do a traditional product review if he's genuinely interested in the product that he is reviewing.

    If we can create an entertaining or informative piece of content in a non-standard format, then we would rather do that than try to get blood from a stone with a review of a product that is genuinely boring.
    Not really sure what you mean by calling those videos "fake," but unfortunately this just seems like a personal preference thing. A lot of people enjoy our phone reviews, and the factory tour videos we have done in the past have received some of the most positive responses of any of our videos.

    Let me make something 100% clear here. Brands, and the relationships we have with brands, do not have an impact on the content we create. Even in sponsored projects, we maintain control over the editorial aspects of our videos, and we ensure that brands understand that what they are buying is a spot on our channel, not a positive opinion from our host(s).

    Whenever something on our channel is being created at the request of a brand, that is fully disclosed, and you can take that content with as many grains of salt as you feel necessary. But our team here works incredibly hard to make sure that the opinions of our hosts are not compromised by any brand partnership or sponsorship deals we may have in place - in the past, the present, and into the future.
    That spurred a massive initial growth, but Lew's growth over the last year and a half or so has mainly been fueled by smart product choices, titling, thumbnails, and giveaways. (And of course, the personality of the host, but I feel like that's implied...) If you look at his Socialblade graphs you'll notice that he reached almost Bendgate levels of growth late last year, in part due to the massive giveaways he was running at that time.

    He targets a much more mainstream tech audience than our channel does, and he does a hell of a good job of it. Really interesting case study if you want to learn about channel growth.
    I still think there is a lot of growth to be had in the content. The "Top Gear of tech" has always been the "goal," and I think we're doing a good job of showcasing tech in an interesting and fun way that other people really aren't, but I think we have a LONG way to go before I can comfortably say that we have reached that level.
    We have a very talented group of editors who do a great job of creating high quality content on a very tight timeline. So yes, I would very much call them professionals.
    I can certainly understand how some of ads may feel stale, but we choose to work with brands that we know and trust. We only put our name behind companies that we can comfortably recommend to our viewers. And when that recommendation is shaken through negative actions (or an inability to take action), we make sure that the viewer is taken care of, or that the brand is no longer on our channel.

    We're always working on getting new sponsors involved (I'll probably try to grow this team even more over the next year or so as 2 people really isn't cutting it anymore), but there are mainstays on the channel that provide good value to our viewers and always express interest in advertising further. So yes, unfortunately some of them will get a bit stale. The good news is that with those guys I'm making a big effort to get new messaging for you guys more often, so that it's not the same stale talking points each time  
    To be honest it seems like you have a very focused interest-group (nothing wrong with that - just basing that on the two channels you listed as your favorites). The two channels you mentioned are very much mobile- and wearable-focused. Yes, we dabble in those areas, but we have a TON of variety in the tech that we cover, so it's not that surprising that some of our content may not be as interesting to you.

    I would LOVE to have the access level to cool sh*t like the 2017 Acura NSX that The Verge gets. But, as big as we are in PC-hardware and even general tech, our name still doesn't hold the same weight as a "mainstream" outlet like The Verge to brands like Acura.

    We're working on it
    This is a big thing that a lot of people overlook.

    Yes, we do produce a lot of "new series," and have been doing even more of that here in 2016. But how else are we supposed to innovate? It's not like we have the time and resources to create a new format, put it through a bunch of focus groups, shoot 1-2 pilot episodes for internal testing, and then finally release it to the public once we've perfected it. You guys get a very raw look at a lot of the ideas that we have, and I actually like that a lot.
     
    Sometimes those ideas are incredible and the viewer response reflects that. Other times they're not. It's all part of the growth process, and I'm glad that we can share it with you guys . I think it gives a lot more of a "real" feel to the channel.
    They're also owned by Vox Media, a company that is valued somewhere near $400 million. So... yeah... they're gonna have more resources and better access to a lot of products than we do.
     
     

    Sorry for the super long post. Hope it helped clarify a bit of what we're trying to do around here, and why we make some of the decisions that we do.

    Overall, I couldn't be happier with what our team is doing right now, and while not every piece of content we create is perfect, I think each one has that LTT feel that you guys know and (hopefully) love. And yes, I'm going to go bug Linus about doing a build guide soon.

    Always good to hear feedback from the community. Hopefully we continue to change and grow in ways that you enjoy.
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    xentric reacted to shdowhunt60 in Google Store Father's Day Tech   
    You grandfather is absolutely adorable.
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    xentric reacted to AxelRantila in Google Store Father's Day Tech   
    This video made me happy to watch. Really nice to Linus' grandpa get happy.
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    xentric got a reaction from GoZone in Tech Showdown - The Future   
    The music in this video is fanatically epic.
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    xentric got a reaction from iPolymer in HOLY $H!T - Man-sized UPS   
    I visited this "UPS" last week in Oregon. Capable of powering a city (1.25 mega-watt-hours) of ~160,000 people for 15-20 mins. EATON makes some cool stuff. This is what $25mill can buy you for back up power.
     
    The Inverters (20 of them in this room):
     
    The Lithium-ion battery banks:

     
    The Eaton UPS (9390) for the electronics that run this room:  

     
    More picture if you are interested: http://imgur.com/a/RHxXO
     
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    xentric got a reaction from Roawoao in HOLY $H!T - Man-sized UPS   
    I visited this "UPS" last week in Oregon. Capable of powering a city (1.25 mega-watt-hours) of ~160,000 people for 15-20 mins. EATON makes some cool stuff. This is what $25mill can buy you for back up power.
     
    The Inverters (20 of them in this room):
     
    The Lithium-ion battery banks:

     
    The Eaton UPS (9390) for the electronics that run this room:  

     
    More picture if you are interested: http://imgur.com/a/RHxXO
     
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    xentric got a reaction from Belgarionbg in HOLY $H!T - Man-sized UPS   
    I visited this "UPS" last week in Oregon. Capable of powering a city (1.25 mega-watt-hours) of ~160,000 people for 15-20 mins. EATON makes some cool stuff. This is what $25mill can buy you for back up power.
     
    The Inverters (20 of them in this room):
     
    The Lithium-ion battery banks:

     
    The Eaton UPS (9390) for the electronics that run this room:  

     
    More picture if you are interested: http://imgur.com/a/RHxXO
     
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    xentric reacted to Conan1600 in how many watts does this PSU have   
    i fail to see why people are down on cx psu's. they rarely fail except from user stupidity and are made quite well by a very respected company. they have been tested time and again and output is as it should be as well as having all the common safety features and haveing no heating issues. at 80+ bronze they are fair at efficiency and last for a decade at a price that is more than reasonable. i have built more systems than i can ever remember with them and have no issues
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    xentric got a reaction from Whorax in Digital Storm Prebuilts   
    @digitalnav is the guy. Post a lot on this forum. Cool guy!!
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    xentric got a reaction from ANDi206 in Anyone tried Newegg replacement service?   
    I got a monitor that had pixel issues. Asus wouldn't replace it but Newegg did. Submitted the forum and shipped it back to Newegg. Next week I had a new monitor. I though the experience was great.
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    xentric got a reaction from Bensemus in [Updated 11/4/15] Fallout 4 to NOT feature Nvidia Gameworks, but Nvidia is still working with Bethesda on the game.   
    I remember when Nvidia released tech demos about all this stuff. We were all amazing about how awesome they are. Now all we do it bitch about them.
     
    I guess that's the way this industry is. We see demos and talk about how awesome they are and hate on people who don't think so. Then they release and then we hate on people who like them.
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    xentric got a reaction from Guest in [Updated 11/4/15] Fallout 4 to NOT feature Nvidia Gameworks, but Nvidia is still working with Bethesda on the game.   
    I remember when Nvidia released tech demos about all this stuff. We were all amazing about how awesome they are. Now all we do it bitch about them.
     
    I guess that's the way this industry is. We see demos and talk about how awesome they are and hate on people who don't think so. Then they release and then we hate on people who like them.
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    xentric reacted to Ekin in VEX IQ Super Kit   
    I think Taran did an awesome job in this video! Fantastic comparisons and research on the topic.
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