• S14E02
  • October 21, 2020

Jeff hopes to create his own PCBs, but Robbie prefers prototype boards ... for now.

While Robbie's approach to maker tech is to start cheap and expand his kit as his skills grow, Jeff wants to hit the ground running, diving right into PCB creation. Robbie has designed and created simple circuits which he's soldered onto blank PCBs, but Jeff has got his sights on the laser printer method as a starting point.

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  • S14E02
  • October 21, 2020

FREE DIY Internet Proxy Server Anywhere In The World

Whether you want to enjoy a service that's only available in another country, wish to anonymize your web traffic to provide an extra layer of privacy, or your IP address has been blocked by a service and you need a quick and easy way to change your IP without actually changing your IP, a proxy server is a great solution. But free ones can be unreliable and dangerous. So Robbie shows us how to create our own Debian-based proxy server in the cloud using Amazon's EC2 Free Tier instances.

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  • S14E01
  • October 14, 2020

I Paid People on Fiverr to Remix my Theme Song Like a Retro 8-Bit Video Game

To freshen things up for the start of Season 14, Robbie jumped on Fiverr and hired four musicians to remix the Category5 Technology TV theme song as an 8-bit chiptune.

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  • S13E38
  • September 16, 2020

The Orville XL Die-Cast Model from Eaglemoss HeroCollector

Eaglemoss has released the 10-inch XL-sized ECV-197 Orville (plus a smaller 5-inch version), and it's a stunning set piece for our production studio ("The Bridge"). The model also includes a stunning 16-page full-color magazine, includes a profile of the ship, concept art and behind the scenes from the show. Robbie gets into the box and gets a first look at ECV-197 The Orville.

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  • S13E38
  • September 16, 2020

Compile Debian 11 (Bullseye) on Pinebook Pro $200 Linux Laptop

When Daniel Thompson posted a script in the PINE64 forum to deploy a genuine upstream Debian Bullseye OS on the Pinebook Pro, the community took notice. Robbie walks us through the steps to deploy on a MicroSD card, and polls Twitter for which desktop environment he should choose. The poll results are in, and Robbie is frightened: Will this even work? Added Bonus: Robbie confirms that you can charge your Pinebook Pro with a standard USB-C phone charger.

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  • S13E36
  • August 26, 2020

The Forced Evolution of Internet Infrastructure in 2020

2020 has seen ISPs and online service providers hit with massive increases in bandwidth consumption. This has lead to dropouts and occasional outages, but behind the scenes work is being done to improve the underlying infrastructure. Robbie and Jeff discuss what they think will come of it: The further growth of online services and mesh networks, and possibly a need to look at how "big brother" collects and uses our data.

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  • S13E36
  • August 26, 2020

Is 3D Printing For Me?

Join Robbie on his mission to determine whether he's capable, with his busy schedule and lack of CAD experience, to effectively use a 3D printer. His strategy lets him test the concepts without spending a penny.

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  • S13E36
  • August 26, 2020

What is Two-Factor Authentication, and Should You Enable It?

Two-Factor (or Multi-Factor) Authentication can sound daunting and complicated, and you may be tempted to think it's only for tech geeks. But it's for the novice too, and everyone in between! Robbie and Jeff take a moment to explain how online services can use the tech you already have in your pocket to verify the person logging in is in fact you, and how this helps protect you, your company, and your accounts. It's not as complex as it sounds!

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  • S13E35
  • August 12, 2020

A Better Portal for Your Wires

The Easy Portal from ameriDroid is an easy and clean looking way to pass cables through walls, desks, ceiling tiles or any other surface where you need a portal for cables. For us, we needed something to allow us to cleanly get HDMI and XLR cables from our production room to the studio, and Easy Portal saved the day!

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  • S13E34
  • July 15, 2020

Can't find a cool clock for your studio? Write one!

Finding a cool looking, yet fully functional clock for our studio has been a surprising challenge. So rather than buying something that will suffice, Robbie took it upon himself to begin coding a custom clock dashboard that shows not only the time, but also a countdown to the top of the minute, whether we're on air or not, and even the storage space remaining on our server arrays. But can a Raspberry Pi handle it?

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