I ran into FranLab when one of her videos popped up on the YouTube ‘suggested for me’ options on the Roku. (The one where I was looking at tech stuff and electronics, so it thinks I’m a nerd… not the one that thinks I’m a cool Hispanic Guy from watching Spanish Language TV & Music Videos ;-)
That first video, I’m putting at the bottom of this posting. It is essentially a “complaint” about YouTube (Google / Alphabet) removing her videos from the “suggested” box when you watch something similar. Seems that about last April Google changed something and her “hits” from being suggested dropped to near nothing.
She does an in depth analysis of her stats to figure out when and what…
The idea is presented that perhaps, as she is supported by donations and not by advertizing, Google might have stopped “suggesting” all educational non-profit videos (where they don’t get a cut of the advertizing). That would be a reasonable thing to think that a for-profit company might do, but not in the best interests of the public. Or maybe it is a side effect of their censorship push? Who knows.
But first, this is a video about the Nimo Tube. A dinky CRT (about the size of a C cell battery) that displays just digits of numbers. She gets one up and running and talks about capabilities, rarity, and how to make it go. A bit quirky at times (but what do you expect from a woman interested in electronics? Betty Crocker?) and kind of fun; but also interestingly technical.
Oddly, I already learned one thing from one of her videos: She wore rubber gloves while soldering / working on circuits. Well Duh! Why didn’t I think of that! (Memories of spatter burns from solder and a few dozen times I “took volts” through a stray hand move…) Maybe it’s the way men just plunge hands into dishwater and women protect their nail polish with gloves… Whatever, it was a bright idea and now I have clue too.
The Nemo Tube:
I find it great fun that she uses an IC board to drive a vacuum tube! ;-)
The Google / Alphabet / YouTube Change:
I also watched one of her videos about a Russian made bit of kit from about 1992 that was still using a Nixie Tube like display (IIRC). It was fun too. Including the history of when that stuff was no longer used everywhere else in the world, but still in use in Russia. Then I started on one about a subscription radio (think elevator music) that had a chronometer in the back of it to record hours of use – FM Sub-band radio. But I didn’t finish it as the Honey Do list was applied as a priority ;-)
So I’ve come to like Fran, and her channel. It’s interesting to have nostalgia for some of the odd bits of the world of electronics, and it’s also interesting to discover there are still some bits of kit I’d never seen before. To discover some of the odd complexities folks invented.