PATREON

January 20, 2017

I can't thank everyone enough for the thoughts, prayers and words of support this past week. Your support has been truly overwhelming. It is going to take me a few days to get on top of all the e-mail, messages, text messages and calls before I can get back to everyone personally. But I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you again for the love and support.

I am no longer with [H]ardOCP

After more than 17 years, my time at [H]ardOCP has come to an end. Without warning, I was let go after Kyle claimed that he had been paying my salary out of his personal savings for more than 17 months and the company was no longer able to pay me.

This came as a huge shock to me considering that, during the same time period, Kyle had purchased a Viper (with cash), a new home, added a custom pool with an elaborate pool house, bought Suzi an Escalade and the list goes on. Certainly you can understand my confusion because, after all that, why would anyone think that Kyle was having financial difficulties.


 

As we all know now, this was not the case. Kyle even said as much when I had applied for cheaper insurance for my wife. Kyle went out of his way to say it was simply a "cost cutting" measure. Since I was now unemployed, my wife was eligible for cheaper insurance and the insurance representative contacted Kyle for verification of the date of my last day at the [H]. Notice what Kyle said when he replied to the the case specialist and made sure to include my Patreon, GoFundMe and my website in an attempt to have my wife disqualified from getting cheaper insurance. Who does that? What had my wife ever done to anyone to deserve that?  


Since I am an independent contractor, there is no unemployment benefits, no retirement or anything like that at all. Obviously this couldn't have come at a worse time.


My job was my family's sole source of income and our life savings were decimated after my wife had emergency surgery for a ruptured brain aneurysm a year earlier. The medical bills from her hospital stay have been financially crushing to say the least. In fact, at this point, I still owe over $33k.

Something people don't realize is that I was never paid for a single case review out of the dozens I wrote for HardOCP. Making matters worse, Kyle recently began downloading my YouTube videos, rebranding them with the [H] logo and reuploading them to his YouTube channel as "unlisted."


When confronted with copyright strikes from YouTube, Kyle sent threatening letters to my current employer saying the situation could get "ugly" and would "not look good for anyone involved."  So I was essentially bullied into letting him steal my content, five dozen videos from reviews I was never paid for. 

These events have led me to reopen Hypothermia. 

Hopefully all of you will come by to see me for your daily dose of tech news and reviews, much as you have done for years. I have also set up Patreon account for those of you that want to give a couple dollars a month to support Hypothermia while I do the same computer news and reviews that I have been doing for decades. With any luck and a few advertisers, we can get Hypothermia up to speed in no time.

My family and I can't thank you enough for your support over the years. Whether it is just by visiting Hypothermia every day to get your daily dose of tech news, by donating or pledging support via Patreon, your help will get us through this extremely difficult time.

Employers and advertisers, please feel free to contact me at steve@hypothermia.us or hconsole@gmail.com as my old steve@hardocp e-mail address no longer works.