• S13E32
  • July 1, 2020

(8) Custom DNS Servers on MikroTik

Setting up a custom DNS server on your MikroTik router is easy ... once you know where to look. For our demonstration, we'll use a locally-installed Pi-hole ad-blocking DNS server, assigned a static IP address by our MikroTik DHCP server. We'll learn how to set our custom DNS entry for both the entire network, and individual network interfaces, as well as how to disable the DNS servers automatically detected from your ISP.

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  • S13E32
  • July 1, 2020

Pinebook Pro microSD Card Goes Read Only (Viewer Question)

Eduardo asks, "Hi. I would like to know if you have used the OS in the SD Card for a long time. I'm facing a problem where the card becomes read-only after 10 days. I've repeated the procedure twice, and I got the same result. I know the wearing problem, but I disabled the swap and firefox disk cache to reduce the wearing effect, but around ten days, the card becomes useless." Here's Robbie's reply.

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  • S13E31
  • June 24, 2020

The Category5 Community Coffee Break

We started the Category5 Community Coffee Break when the COVID-19 pandemic began, in an effort to provide our community a place to hang out and chat about the things that they're learning and enjoying while stuck in the weirdness which is 2020. We invite you to join us! Let's take a look at some of the many notable discussions that have taken place in the past 60+ community Zoom meetings: From Sasha's new house (a work in progress) to Robbie's having to call off the police at the new studio shortly after moving in. See you at the next Coffee Break!

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  • S13E30
  • June 17, 2020

Is This The Best SBC and Case for 2020?

The new Raspberry Pi 4 with 8 GB RAM is up there with a budget PC, so we set out to make it look like a proper desktop. The Argon ONE case seemed like a great fit, and proves its worth as Robbie assembles the kit and installs the needed software for the Argon ONE's power button and fan controller. Lots of Linux under-the-hood as we dig into the code that makes the Argon ONE tick.

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  • S13E29
  • June 10, 2020

The Spotlight's On Robbie

Linux Spotlight features a wide variety of guests from the Linux community, and this week, Robbie was that guest. He doesn't often get to be on this side of the questions, so this is a great chance to get to know the man behind Category5 Technology TV. In this short preview of the full interview, Robbie talks about his first computer, the Linux distro that helped him make the switch from Windows, and the distro he uses now.

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  • S13E29
  • June 10, 2020

Installing Pinebook Pro Operating System on a microSD Card

The Pinebook Pro can boot and operate from an operating system installed on a microSD card. This means you can quickly and easily swap your "hard drive" in and out depending on what you need, or who is using the Pinebook Pro. It also means you can easily test a variety of distros without having to reinstall your main operating system. Robbie will show us how to obtain an operating system, and how to use (and say?) balenaEtcher to make a bootable microSD card for your Pinebook Pro laptop.

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  • S13E29
  • June 10, 2020

Getting Started with GitHub Project Management

GitHub is an online space for Git repositories. It provides a browser-based interface to supplement the productivity Git brings to projects. You can think of Git as a time machine for your code, a way to collaborate with other developers, or just a handy-dandy way to ensure your code is synced to all your devices. And what's best? It's free. Robbie will show us the very basics: How to create a repository, how to clone it to your local machine and make changes, and how to push those changes back to the server.

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  • S13E28
  • June 3, 2020

Pinebook Pro Issues: How To Fix Boot and WiFi (June 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant PINE64 staff aren't allowed at the very factories that are manufacturing their products. QA/QC are not possible, and it's down to the factory to provide a working product. Regrettably with the latest run (May/June 2020) of Pinebook Pro notebook computers, there are two notable issues: WiFi not working, and an inability to boot. Luckily, both of these issues are an easy fix. So we'll show you how to correct them quickly, and get you up and running with your shiny new Pinebook Pro.

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  • S13E28
  • June 3, 2020

(5) MikroTik Viewer Q&A

In the first Viewer Q&A of our MikroTik video series, Robbie receives some kind words from drreality1 and TCC, as well as an intriguing request from RockawayCCW that leads Robbie to an excellent idea on how parents can restrict the Internet access of their children based on time of day. He also has a question for you, so comment below: Should we use WebFig or WinBox, and why?

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  • S13E28
  • June 3, 2020

OverType Brings Back the Nostalgia of an Old-School Typewriter

OverType is a browser-based typewriter simulator. It faithfully recreates the experience of typing with an old-school typewriter: From overtyping, wobbly and unevenly inked characters, only being able to press one key at a time, and frustration are all accurately simulated. To save your text, simply use your browser's Print To File feature.

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