• S13E10
  • December 4, 2019

You Can Run PHP Scripts Like Regular Command Line Apps on Linux!

Whether you want to interact with a database from the Linux terminal, or create a cronjob that automatically caches content to speed up your web site, it's exciting to realize that PHP scripts can be written and run within the Linux command line interface just like a bash script! All you need is the php metapackage (eg., apt install php) and adding a single line to your script header: #!/usr/bin/env php

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  • S13E09
  • December 4, 2019

Sharing Your Internet? A VLAN Could Help Protect You

Sasha has an interesting situation where her Internet connection is provided by her landlord and shared with another apartment. The neighbor therefore has access to her Spotify account, all her devices, her files, her printer, and more. In this brief discussion Robbie talks about how a VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) can be added to her apartment to separate her systems onto their own network that cannot be seen by the neighbor. This is not a how-to, just a discussion on the ability of a VLAN to protect her privacy and accounts.

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  • S13E09
  • November 27, 2019

Unreal Tournament 1999/GOTY Turns 20 Years Old

Unreal Tournament was perhaps the original multiplayer deathmatch. It introduced the best realtime multiplayer experience to players for several years beginning with its release November 23, 1999. Its GOTY (Game of The Year) edition featured additional content and was released the following year. Jeff and Robbie reminisce about how they got to know each other playing deathmatch at a number of LAN parties.

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  • S13E09
  • November 27, 2019

Amazon Echo Flex - A Wall Plug-In Alexa Smart Speaker

From the "why didn't they think of this sooner" files, Amazon has released the latest iteration of their Echo smart speaker: the Echo Flex. It plugs directly into the wall, has all the Alexa features you're used to, plus features a modular design allowing accessories like PIR motion sensors or night lights to be plugged directly into the device - no need for a smart plug. We'll go through the quick setup, and see just how capable this little smart speaker really is.

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  • S13E07
  • November 13, 2019

EASY Recycle Keurig K-Cup Coffee Pod

20 billion single-serve coffee pods will be consumed this year and most will end up in landfills. We eco-conscious coffee drinkers need to do our part. But it's hard and messy to tear these things apart and strip them down to their individual components for recycling. We'll show you two ways you can completely eliminate your K-Cups from the landfill without the mess, and with very little effort.

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  • S13E07
  • November 13, 2019

Massive Capacity Portable Charger

It's like having a power outlet to charge your devices that you can carry with you. Its colossal 26,800 mAh capacity means you can charge multiple devices multiple times on a single charge. Features like iSmart 2.0 and a combined 5.5A current really put this portable USB charger a head above the rest.

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  • S13E06
  • November 6, 2019

Discussion: Bring Your Kid To Work Day

Robbie's oldest got to spend a day working with him. From pulling some gear from the e-waste pile to building her own computer: It was a great opportunity to infuse a daddy-daughter day with a little STEAM education.

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  • S13E06
  • November 6, 2019

Which are Best? Testing 5 Pairs of Bluetooth Headphones

Enjoying our music and videos depends a lot on finding the right set of headphones, but it's not always easy to know from an online shop which is going to be best suited for us. The Category5 team compare 5 sets of Bluetooth headphones and discuss their opinions of each to help you get an idea for which may be the one for you, or the person on your list.

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  • S13E05
  • October 30, 2019

Soldering Headers to a PCB

Once you start working with Arduino or even Raspberry Pi HATs and pHATs, you're likely going to find yourself needing to attach the headers yourself. As a rookie maker who's quickly learning the ropes, Robbie shares a couple quick tips that he has found can make it easier to solder these pin headers directly to the PCB.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

How the creators of THE ORVILLE use a physical model to create their CG ship

When creating The Orville, Seth MacFarlane and his team wanted to use a physical model of the ship to provide a realism that can't currently be matched by straight CG. We asked Brooke Noska (VFX Producer / Co VFX Supervisor) and Tom Costantino (Co Producer) how it's done.

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