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Here's another tip about wires

In 2011 when I was installing my AV Receiver, I picked up a camera and made a quick video showing how UK speaker connections have a cap that can be removed to allow the insertion of banana plugs.

That video still receives regular comments of thanks from people who found it useful.

So recently when I found myself needing to install a long Component wire to my 4K LG TV (for an upcoming retro-tech video player review) I discovered that a four pole headphone extension cable can be used as a quick and easily substitute to a chunky component cable.

Its a bit more niche than the first video, but people with old game consoles and new TVs might find this tip useful too.

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Reader Comments (15)

Hey Matt,

I think what's going on is that the youtube comment system tends to skew the comments towards the controversial or even nasty. That combined with that nasty people tend to be more vocal in general makes it seem nobody liked your video. I think there is also the fact that younger and younger people are getting internet acces, and i'm not expecting any compliments from kids.

It seems like the youtube comment system has been broken for quite some time now. There used to be usefull tips and remarks of appreciation in there but now its just a mess.

I personally thougt that your video was quite informative. I've never would have thougt that your solution would work. However i'm not the kind of guy who will place a comment just for that. I'm betting there are a lot people like me out there.

In short, keep up the good work and try not to let people get to you!

April 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoel

Yes I was doing my best to moderate the comments to keep them relevant and civil...but I can see that it's now gone beyond anything I can manage.

For years there's one thing I've seen the big youtube creators say time and time again, so much so, that it's become a meme. "Never read the comments".

Unfortunately the time has come for me to pay heed to this advice. As much as I'd like to think things could be different if I made the effort and engaged with the negative commenters, it's ultimately proved to be an untenable position.

I may still pop in to the comments for the first couple of hours after a new video is released, but then I'll leave it alone.

In the long run it will be for the best.

April 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Not sure if You've moderated the comments recently, but with the default "Top comments" view I only see one of such comment (disabled ratings), the rest are all decent comments.
Usually the negative or pointless ones don't get many ratings, so most of the time you don't see them when only looking at top ones.

April 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMikk36

With all due respect Mat, who cares what a bunch of mouthy, anonymous blowhards think?
Maybe your video helped people. Maybe it was interesting to watch. It is your YouTube channel, upload what you think is interesting.
Keep up the good work.

April 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Roel has said everything I was going to say.

Keep up the good job, and ignore any Youtube comments. You put the link to your web on he video description, so anyone really interested will come here to ask something or post constructive comments.

April 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

John, the problem was that many people on YouTube really do have useful or interesting ideas. Unfortunately to read the useful comments I also had to read through the unpleasant comments. When it was one weirdo in a hundred it was easy to ignore, but as the ratio has increased, reading through the comments became an unpleasant chore.

But I've drawn a line under it and decided that the comments on YouTube have become irreparably toxic and are best avoided by sane adults.

I've noticed quite a few popular websites turning off comments, I seem to recall either Engadget or Gizmodo had to do this last year. I think this is an issue all over the Internet. It seems to correlate to the rise in smartphones. Any twelve year old can post anything they want, back when I started my audience was mostly just older men who could afford a Broadband connection.

April 17, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Although I keep up to date with your blog and the comments here I have never read your YouTube commenters as I always watch your videos on the Roku or the PlayStation apps, I guess I haven't missed much! I thought it was a really great video - bollocks to them I say - keep up the good work!

April 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMattyB

On the handful of videos I put up on YouTube, I found that despite the very niche topic (broadcast engineering), there were still plenty of absolute morons ready to force their opinion on something they knew nothing about.

If you don't want to disable comments, then I can recommend this:

The results are quite funny.

April 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndy M

Matt, you're getting too sensitive ! Keep doing the tips for those who 'do' appreciate them, dont stop because of those who dont , thanks, Ill keep watching ;-)

April 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterian

Please ignore all the critics and just continue with your great work. I viewed both the videos above and did not realise the age of the first one until I read your narrative. The videos show how much you have progressed in making the videos and also gave me info that I hadn't got.
You are simply a victim of your own success and the "twitter" mob mentality of your critics is, unfortunately, a symptom of the current state of the internet.
These people seem to criticise in packs, simply for the sake of it. No evidence of constructive responses, such as actually making their own videos and helping other users.
Finally, I have just purchased a GitPro 2 after viewing your review of it (I am unable to afford the gold standard of action cams, the GoPro) and I can say that your review was spot on and I am pleased with it, it is the best that I have had.
Once again, thanks for all your hard work and the videos.

April 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoeC

Techmoan, please ignore the morons out there. Dont sink to their level.

April 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTone

I can understand why people don't like it when I talk about the deterioration of comments on YouTube.

So to appease the audience I've taken out the paragraphs about this...which makes the comments above now look a little out of place.

I should say though that I'll be distancing myself from the YouTube comments...better to just leave it to its own devices.

April 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

No matter how good a YouTube video is, there's always a bunch of idiots who are compelled to throw scorn at it. I just don't bother reading beyond the first silly comment when they're like that.

Now back to Techmoan ... my (new) favourite YouTube subscription and the only one that opens with my browser. I can appreciate your starting point for Techmoan - I'm keen on gadgets (and mail-order), but can't abide badly designed stuff. It'd be nice to have a moan about it to someone who cares/listens, but they're rare in my house, so I just moan to the cat.

So keep up the tinkering and feel free to have a good moan when a lousy design (or YouTube comment) deserves it. Your videos, especially accompanied by the excellent narration, are eagerly anticipated. Thankfully I have a backlog of older ones still to catch up on.


April 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

I'd love to know more about how you hide the cables in the wall. Did you have to hack out a channel and then plaster a pipe into the wall or did you have some clever some sort of clever minimally messy way of doing it?

May 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGarret

There's a small room/cupboard behind that wall.

May 2, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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