Philip Adams

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Philip Adams (born April 21st, 1994<ref name="phil_wiki">Philip Adams - OSFirstTimer Wiki</ref>) is an Australian YouTuber known mostly for his OSFirstTimer YouTube channel. Philip Adams is also the original developer of ShiftOS and founder of the bits & Bytes community.

Biography

Early life

Philip Adams was born in Sydney, Australia on April 21st, 1994<ref name="phil_wiki" />. His first major exposure to computers was at 7 years old, where he would play MathBlaster: In Search of Spot in the computer lab at school with his class. He first got a home computer just after the initial release of Windows XP, without internet and with very few games to play.<ref name="osft_history>The Complete History of OSFirstTimer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoETlV9Tryw</ref>.

Due to the lack of internet on his home computer at the time<ref name="osft_history" />, Phil would explore his Windows-XP-running computer, opening every program and file he could find, customizing the desktop, spending "hours and hours playing with the various settings of the screensavers and seeing how the numbers he put in affected the screensavers," and even discovered Movie Maker, believing that "it would somehow, magically, create a movie for him to watch."<ref name="osft_history" />

The Age of the Internet

Around the release of Windows Vista, Phil's Windows XP computer soon "faced the dreaded blue screen of death and refused to boot." This prompted him to get a new computer, running the latest release of Windows. He explored the new operating system again, and found that much of the programs were enhanced and modernized versions of the ones he used to use. He did not spend nearly as much time exploring the operating system, since the Internet had been made available to him.

Philip is quoted as saying that "I mostly used the Internet for what most 12-year old kids in 2007 used it for - playing Runescape, doing research, and using Google Earth."<ref name="osft_history" />

Becoming a YouTuber

Later on, he would start his first YouTube channel, 12padams. He used this channel to post a random assortment of videos, such as timelapses and school projects. Later, he would delete this channel and create I2padams, where he would upload Minecraft let's plays.<ref name="i2padams">I2padams - Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/I2padams</ref>

He also became interested in lucid dreaming, and astral projection, which he would use as a way to help distract himself from his repetitive strain injury (RSI)<ref name="osft_history" />. Recreations of his astral projection experiences would also be posted to his I2padams YouTube account<ref name="i2padams" />.

However, the channel started to become too random, so when he decided to get back into let's plays in order to cure his RSI, he decided to start his AstralPhaser YouTube channel, named due to his interest in astral projection.

In 2012, following the release of Windows 8, he would get his mother to try out the horrible-looking operating system to see how a computer-illiterate mom would fair with the new, modern UI. This video was the first video released on OSFirstTimer<ref name="osft_history" />.

ShiftOS and beyond

In 2013, with the success of OSFirstTimer, Phil started development of ShiftOS. He would end up using the success of OSFirstTimer to help build the community surrounding ShiftOS. In 2014, he would hand development over to the community, resulting in a development team forming around the project which, over the next few years, would become the team behind The Peacenet and Bit Phoenix Software.

During late 2016 and early 2017, as ShiftOS's community blossomed for the last time before becoming Watercolor Games (later renamed to Bit Phoenix Software), Phil would create a Discord server called AstralPhaser Central, sharing a staff team with ShiftOS. This server would soon become bits & Bytes in late 2017.

YouTube channels

To this date, the following channels have been created by Phil.

OSFirstTimer

https://youtube.com/OSFirstTimer

This channel features episodes where Phil gets members of his family to try out various operating systems, including TempleOS, MikeOS, various versions of Windows, macOS, and countless Linux distributions. This channel is also the home of OSFirstTimer Advanced, a series not generally focused on the 5 day-to-day tasks performed in usual OSFirstTimer videos.

TerrifiedMum

https://www.youtube.com/user/TerrifiedMum

As a spin-off of OSFirstTimer, this channel features episodes where Phil gets his mother to try out various horror games as well as games using virtual reality (VR).

OSFT Historic Vlogs

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVfkncOwFobkPS8W5KscJFQ

This channel contains off-topic videos by Phil that act as a documentary of what goes on behind-the-scenes in his life.

ShiftOS

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoNbI1RyOMRyZye2_HLSy7w

This channel was created to host development updates and community announcements for the game ShiftOS. It was used in a similar manner to the YouTube channel of The Peacenet. In late 2016, User:Alkalinethunder gained manager access to the channel and released various videos on it. None of these videos are public anymore.

YouTube Millionaire

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2wLfbZrHQOxP2e5zkxYRjA

This channel was created to track the progress and analytics of all of Philip's other channels, to see if it was even theoretically possible to become a YouTube Millionaire in a year.

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no link, defunct

This channel was created to test the theory of YouTube clickbait. It was supposedly removed due to potential community guidelines strikes that would affect his other channels.

What The Heck Just Happened

no link, defunct

This channel primarily hosted videos about simple magic tricks.

How-to Quickly

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ1GQeIhG-CSvwLHEkc9Mow

This channel's premise is to create tutorial videos about technology and other subjects, without the bloat. The tutorials are straight, to-the-point, and almost never exceed 2 minutes in length. The channel was created as a way to combat the kinds of tutorial videos where people spend more time introducing the subject and telling you to like and subscribe than actually providing useful content.

AstralPhaser

https://www.youtube.com/user/AstralPhaser

This channel was created promarily for lets-play videos. It is also the home of Gaming through the Ages.

Controversies and Criticisms

  • One of the videos on How-to Quickly received flack from the Arch Linux community because of the fact it teaches users how to install Arch Linux. The video is disliked by the community because it gives users a reason not to use the Arch Wiki.
  • AstralPhaser Central, now bits & Bytes has a reputation of cyberbullying children and new users. Phil did an experiment where he joined as a new user and acted purposefully immature and fanboy-ish over himself and proved that the community was in-fact extremely welcoming and tolerating.<ref name="bnb_experiment">Experiment - Are the AstralPhaser Central Mods Abusive/Ban-Happy? - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMTjD--YDpE</ref>
  • ShiftOS has a severe reputation of having an abusive/ban-happy staff team, in a similar manner to what is cited above.
  • Many of Phil's programs are criticized for having poorly-written codebases.

Trivia

  • Philip Adams is the only person in the community who created over 20 YouTube accounts and kept a good portion of them active all at once.
  • Assets from an unreleased program of Phil's, DarkOS, are currently used in The Peacenet.
  • AstralPhaser's original name would have been RSIGamer, but this was changed because Phil did not want to remind himself of his repetitive strain injury when posting videos to the channel.
  • Many of Phil's recreated astral projection experiences contain moments where he performs actions that would result in suicide in real-life, such as jumping out of windows.
  • In one astral projection episode, Phil's first realization that he is in the Phase comes from his mother unusually instructing him to perform a "job that involves filling out online surveys for hours every day." When Phil stated that "I can't! You know I have RSI," his mother frustratingly replied with "I wish you'd just take the job."
  • Phil attributes his RSI to being a physical manifestation of his stress about the HSCs, a massive set of final exams that all Australian highschool students need to take. He believes that the RSI is his body's way of distracting him from the stress, by instead making him focus on a physical pain. This syndrome is referred to as 'Tension Myositis Syndrome<ref name="osft_history" /><ref name="tms">Tension myositis syndrome - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tension_myositis_syndrome</ref>

References

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