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A trip through the archives of Tools in Action and ToolGuyd displays how far the cordless tool market has come in the past decade or so. Early articles on each site capture the look of the 2008-2011 tool market, and there are many gems that cover the tools available back then--established brands, new products, and optimistic predictions of what the future would look like. Well, it's the future, and I'd venture to say that few of us expected the cordless job site to look like it does now back in the dark days of 2009. The tools have gotten smaller, smarter and become brushless, and a number of brands have cut the cord on tools that necessitated a generator or other power source just a few years ago. Not everything has changed, though, as Ryobi One+ was already over a decade old and the M12 and M18 lines were getting off to a decent start. DeWalt, on the other hand wouldn't release 12v Max tools until 2010, with 20v Max coming about a year later. Anyway, the point of this thread is to examine exactly how the cordless tool market has changed since 2008. If you have the time, share a few articles from way back when along with anything you want to add.
Since Tools In Action is such an excellent conglomerate, with the main site, these forums, a newsletter, and YouTube channels, I wanted to ask who out there has affiliated YouTube channels and/or websites. I recently subscribed to the JimboS1ice channel and notice that the main TIA channel has ToolGuyd, Pro Tool Reviews, Oz Tool Talk, and others listed under the Channels tab. Are there any others? I ask that you not share unaffiliated channels or sites that have content similar to TIA unless Eric or a Moderator specifically authorize it. This thread isn't designed to divert traffic from the TIA Crew. I gave up cable TV a few years ago and couldn't have a dish installed at my current residence. That combined with little to no time to watch TV and an ever-decreasing attention span found the lowly TV antenna reenter my life for the first time since the 80's. I tried Hulu for a while but didn't bother to renew, especially since YouTube began dominating my viewing preferences over the summer. Let's face it, YouTube has become so immense that it's hard to believe that it didn't exist thirteen years ago. I first started binge watching it shortly after its debut, spending periods watching music videos and even using add-ons to download videos before those capabilities were disabled. After a couple of years, though, I grew away from it and hadn't really watched more than the occasional music video or other content required for college. Anyway, on to my current favorite channels. My two oldest subscriptions are channels that started elsewhere: Cinnemassacre and Channel Awesome. I started watching the Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) on the Cinnemassacre website, and the Nostalgia Critic on thatguywiththeglasses.com. Both were and remain excellent shows and the channels offer a number of other outstanding shows. Since then I've subscribed to somewhat similar (and usually much smaller) channels offering reviews and comedic opinions of mostly older games and movies. A few that come to mind are Dongled, Top Hat Gaming Man, The Kilian Experience, Game Theorists, and Decker Shado. The ironic thing about enjoying game and movie focused content is that I almost never play video games and rarely sit all the way through a movie. Other channels I frequent are usually history or firearms related, and some seem odd but can prove extremely useful. The Great War offers a week by week summary of what happened 100 years ago, while Forgotten Weapons explains rare, historic, and military arms in great detail. Military History Visualized is another great channel. Emma Saying was recently found, and isn't exactly a channel that most people will watch for hours (even wordier types like myself). I found it after viewing a Supa Pixel Girl video where she uses the word "hyperbole". She pronounced it "hy-per-bol-ee" while like many others I've always said "hy-per-bole". Sure enough, Emma Saying and some brief research proved that the YouTuber was right. Anyway, despite having subscribed to a few of the larger channels and even a few that only produce Top Ten or similar lists, I generally watch little of their content. One list channel I do watch regularly is Rabbid Luigi. With that said, it's impossible to list every channel I watch, especially since I'll jump genres quite often and usually only really pay attention to the tool and history channels. The size of the channel and production values don't matter much to me so long as I find the presenter bearable and the content interesting. Videos that are under 30 minutes are my preference, though those over five minutes are usually listened to as I do something else. Well, what are your favorite YouTube channels? Based on those I shared above, can you recommend related content that I or others may enjoy? Remember, please refrain from sharing channels that release content similar to that produced by Tools In Action, unless it is affiliated with the site.