• Episode 507
  • June 7, 2017

Upcoming Tech: Smart Air Lamp

We all remember the Floating Light Bulb from Kickstarter, but now the company has taken what they've learned from their first version and have launched the Smart Air Lamp: a new and improved light that hovers in the air above its base.

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  • Episode 507
  • June 7, 2017

Image Scaling for WordPress

Ever want your pictures to all show up the same size on WordPress? We'll use GIMP to answer a viewer question and help you understand how the aspect ratio of our images is key when uploading to WordPress.

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  • Episode 507
  • June 7, 2017

A Cheap Device That Will Cut Your Electricity Bill

We all love to save money, but it can be difficult to figure out where to save. Sometimes it means cutting back on guilty pleasures, but other times it simply means knowing which appliances in your house are running a ridiculous bill. Learn how to use the device, and be blown away by what Robbie's home server is costing him.

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  • Episode 507
  • June 7, 2017

DIY Proxy Service on Linux Using Built-In Tools

Ever need a proxy service to bypass a firewall or access a private network from another country? We'll use SSH to create a SOCKS tunnel on Linux.

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  • Episode 506
  • May 31, 2017

Auto Mount Your Encrypted Backup Drive Linux With or Without a GUI

Last week we learned to convert a standard USB drive into a LUKS-encrypted storage device for Linux. The drive then requires a user to enter the password in order to mount or access the drive and its contents. This week we finish the series by setting up our own computer as a trusted device, allowing the encrypted drive to be mounted there without a password (ideal for server backups).

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  • Episode 505
  • May 24, 2017

Important WannaCry Updates - Patch Available Now - What's Happened In The Past Week

Since we discussed the WannaCry threat on last week's show, ESET has released a tool to detect the EternalBlue vulnerability and Microsoft has released the patches for free to the public. We'll also expand on an analogy used during the interview to clarify what Robbie meant.

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  • Episode 505
  • May 24, 2017

Encrypt Your Removable Backup Drive in the Linux Terminal

We all know that keeping backups is crucial in today's digital world. But what happens if someone steals your flash drive or external hard drive that contains all those confidential files? We'll use the Linux terminal to encrypt the filesystem so your private files can't be accessed without first entering the password to open the drive.

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  • Episode 504
  • May 17, 2017

WannaCry - What ESET Wants You To Know About The Worm Attacking Windows Worldwide

Stephen Cobb, Senior Security Researcher at ESET North America joins us to shed light on what makes the WannaCryptor malware so much different from past ransomware attacks: worm capabilities. We'll also learn more about the distinction between the EternalBlue code from the NSA used by WannaCry and how it helps the malware break into systems that would otherwise be protected. We'll also clear up mainstream media's reporting of Russia as a target, and discuss scenarios of WannaCry's creation, how it spreads, and whether Mac or Linux are in danger of being attacked by WannaCry.

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  • Episode 504
  • May 17, 2017

WannaCry - The Fourth Theatre of War: What WannaCryptor Reveals About Cybersecurity in 2017

Cybersecurity researcher, Mark Skilton joins us to dig deeper into the threat of the WannaCry malware. Mark explains what WannaCryptor is and what makes it so different from ransomware attacks we've seen in the past. We'll discuss the NSA's involvement in the EternalBlue exploit that made it possible, the smokescreen WannaCrypt is creating for the next big cyber attack, why so many companies are still susceptible, and what needs to change was we enter this new era of cyber threats.

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  • Episode 503
  • May 10, 2017

Better Than Analytics: Record Your Web Site Visitors' Sessions And Play It Back Like Video

https://fullstory.com offers an amazing tool for UX designers, web developers, or businesses wanting to know how users interact with their web site. Focus groups are a great way to learn if there are frustrating UX issues with your site, but now you can record REAL users as they navigate your web site. This easy-to-deploy tool will not slow down your web site, and will give you the best insight into your users' experience.

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  • Episode 502
  • May 3, 2017

Free Music Production Tool For Windows / Mac / Linux - audiotool.com

Make your own beats and music tracks with an intuitive in-browser drag-and-drop interface that lets you make your own music for free!

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  • Episode 501
  • April 26, 2017

How The Heck Does Ransomware Infect and Encrypt Your Files Even Though You Have Antivirus/Linux/Mac?

We're so used to antimalware (antivirus) protecting us against online threats, but it's time we realize times have changed and that is only one facet of protection against ransomware. In this brief but informative talk, we'll answer the question: "How the heck did my files get encrypted by ransomwhare even though I have antivirus/Linux/Mac?"

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  • Episode 501
  • April 26, 2017

Installing GIMP 2.9.5 on Ubuntu (Fixes Scaling Blurriness)

Have you been using GIMP 2.8 only to find when you scale down an image for your project, the resulting resized image is really blurry? This is the one thing that kept us holding on to an old version of Adobe Photoshop. But now with GIMP 2.9.5 the problem is gone and scaling is crisp and clear, making GIMP a true alternative to Photoshop... and it's free!

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  • Episode 499
  • April 12, 2017

Maker Series - Part 1: Electrical Resistance

Let's try a simple but shocking experiment to try to wrap our heads around resistance, and what these little resistors do.

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  • Episode 499
  • April 12, 2017

Maker Series - Introduction: The Kit and Tools You'll Need

As we launch into our new Maker Series, it's important to start out with the hardware you'll need to participate. From a kit that gets you started on the path to becoming a Maker, to the companion guidebook and the tools we'll need, join Robbie and Henry as they introduce our new series.

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  • Episode 498
  • April 5, 2017

Full Electronics Maker Starter Kit and Guide Book

Henry takes an introductory look at the book Make: Electronics, along with the companion starter kit that includes everything you need to get started on your quest to become an electronics maker! Perfect for the beginner or experienced user wanting to dig deeper in electronics.

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  • Episode 498
  • April 5, 2017

Get To Know Co-Hosts of Category5 Technology TV

Ever wonder where Jeff would max out his credit card, the movie title that defines Henry's life, or what Sasha would wear if she could be invisible? Now is your chance to get to know the Season 10 co-hosts of Category5 Technology TV.

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  • Episode 497
  • March 29, 2017

A 36-Key $15 Camera Switcher for Telestream Wirecast

Learn how Robbie uses a Bluetooth keyboard available for around $15 at https://cat5.tv/btkb to effortlessly control Telestream Wirecast.

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  • Episode 497
  • March 29, 2017

Record Your Gameplay Without A Computer

AGPTEK presents a superb 1080p video capture device that will capture realtime video from HDMI, Composite or Component and record it directly to a USB flash/hard drive or SD card with no computer required! Get yours at https://cat5.tv/agptek

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  • Episode 497
  • March 29, 2017

Expand RetroPie ROM Storage on Raspberry Pi

RetroPie is a great retro gaming distro for Raspberry Pi, but once you've been using it a while you might find you start to run short on space for ROM storage. We'll do away with that problem by adding an additional 128 GB of storage to the Raspberry Pi and setting it up so your ROMs all run from the new storage.

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

Favorite Tech: Penguin Slap Watch

When Liam was asked to bring his favorite piece of tech to show off on our March Break Family Special, he chose his penguin slap watch which he got from the gift shop at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto. On our March Break Family Special we welcomed young people to present their favorite tech, giving them a chance to "be on TV" in an effort to inspire and encourage them. Please like and share this video to give them a boost!

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

Favorite Tech: Teeny Drones

Owen shares his favorite tech; a Teeny Drone nano quadcopter. Get yours at: https://cat5.tv/fly On our March Break Family Special we welcomed young people to present their favorite tech, giving them a chance to "be on TV" in an effort to inspire and encourage them. Please like and share this video to give them a boost!

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center - An Exciting and Fun Adventure for the Whole Family!

As part of our March Break Family Special, two of the families from Category5 Technology TV visited the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center at Vaughn Mills (just north of Toronto) to get a feel for how great this place really is. We were all very impressed! Get on their web site -- https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ -- and visit one near you!

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

Creating #Stikbot Animations With Stop Motion Studio

Zech (Mortimer) shows us how he uses an app called Stop Motion Studio to produce incredible stop motion videos using Stikbot models. On our March Break Family Special we welcomed young people to present their favorite tech, giving them a chance to "be on TV" in an effort to inspire and encourage them. Please like and share this video to give them a boost! Subscribe to Zech's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0MXtFtAc0tCIgMtt58DcQw Buy Stikbots: http://shop.category5.tv/?product=stikbot-stop-motion-character-and-prop-packs

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

Favorite Tech: Trolls Musical Alarm Clock

Savanah shares her favorite piece of tech: the Dreamworks Trolls Musical Alarm Clock... which also gets stuck in our heads! Get yours at http://shop.category5.tv/?product=trolls-musical-alarm-clock On our March Break Family Special we welcomed young people to present their favorite tech, giving them a chance to "be on TV" in an effort to inspire and encourage them. Please like and share this video to give them a boost!

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

360-Degree Timelapse of Category5 March Break Family Special (Episode 495)

A 360┬░ view of our studio in timelapse, showing the entire duration of our first annual March Break Family Special, featuring presentations by several children!

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

28,000 FPS Hyperlapse Crystal Growth with SJCAM SJ5000X

Watch crystals grow at over 28,000 frames per second! We shot 30 frames per second and then accelerated it to over 28,000 FPS for a super-smooth hyperlapse video showing crystals growing at an exceptional rate. Shot with the SJCAM SJ5000X budget 4K actioncam, available at https://cat5.tv/actioncam

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

Favorite Tech: Garmin Vivofit 2

Jared presents his favorite piece of tech: the Garmin Vivofit 2 activity tracker. Get your Garmin Vivoft 2 at https://cat5.tv/vivofit2 On our March Break Family Special we welcomed young people to present their favorite tech, giving them a chance to "be on TV" in an effort to inspire and encourage them. Please like and share this video to give them a boost!

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

DreamGEAR Arcade-Style Retro Machine Gaming System

A retro-inspired mini arcade game with 200 games? YES, PLEASE.

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  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

Minetest vs Minecraft

We put Noah Iddison (Minecraft YouTuber) and MangleFox70 (Minetest YouTuber) on air to discuss the basic difference between the $50 Minecraft game and the FREE Minetest alternative. We'll also learn about how each host captures their gameplay to broadcast on YouTube.

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  • Episode 494
  • March 8, 2017

How To Use Our RSS Feeds

Ever wonder what you can do with our RSS feeds? Watch or listen at your convenience, schedule the downloads and get notified whenever new episodes have become available.

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  • Episode 494
  • March 8, 2017

Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator HEAD TO HEAD Audio Test - TNG vs. TOS

Nelson Hudes joins us for a real-world test of the Star Trek TNG and TOS Bluetooth communicators. Hear for yourself how each sounds, and be the judge of which one sounds better! While both are usable speakerphone devices, the difference in quality is surprising.

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  • Episode 494
  • March 8, 2017

PTZ Optics Camera on Telestream Wirecast

We've been looking for a great solution to our needs to improve our camera setup, and PTZ Optics just may be the answer. This Pan-Tilt-Zoom 1080p camera has optical zoom and the ability to setup pre-defined shots which can be recalled at the push of a button. We've plugged it into Telestream Wirecast to see how it looks.

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  • Episode 493
  • March 1, 2017

Finding The Lost City Of The Monkey God with LIDAR Technology

In our interview with Douglas Preston, New York Times best-selling author, we learn how he and his archaeological team on Honduras used LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging, an alternative to radar using lasers) to detect the location of the Lost City of the Monkey God. They then went on foot to confirm their findings and discovered not just the lost city, but a civilization lost to time.

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  • Episode 492
  • February 22, 2017

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Customers - Identity Protection with Robert Capps

Robert Capps (NuData Security) and Robbie Ferguson (Category5 Technology TV) discuss what individuals should be doing to protect themselves from identity theft, and what companies should be doing to protect verify the identities of their customers in an effort to protect them and their accounts.

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  • Episode 491
  • February 15, 2017

See If Your Hard Drive Thinks It's Failing

Your hard drive logs hidden data in a "SMART" table about its performance. Let's see how to view that data on Linux, which can reveal if your hard drive is about to fail even before it happens.

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  • Episode 491
  • February 15, 2017

WordPress Security Advisory February 15, 2017

In the past couple of weeks, more than 1/4 million WordPress web sites have been compromised. We'll discuss why these sites were targeted, and what WordPress users of all levels need to do to protect themselves.

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  • Episode 490
  • February 8, 2017

PS3 Hard Drive Repair and Data Recovery

When Jeff's child dropped the PlayStation 3 from 6-feet in the air, it stopped working Cannot start. The appropriate system storage was not found. Rather than risk permanent data loss by re-seating the drive blindly, let's instead scan the drive for errors while at the same time making an image file to recover from in case it fails. Can we get the PlayStation 3 to boot?

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  • Episode 489
  • February 1, 2017

GIMP Tips # 16 - Create a Space Scene with Free Software

Create a cool space scene complete with stars, a planet, and a sun using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program.

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  • Episode 489
  • February 1, 2017

Highly Detailed NCC-1701-D Alloy Model for Under $20 in 2017 - Star Trek: The Next Generation

Thanks to blowout inventory, we now have super-affordable stock on these detailed, officially licensed Star Trek: The Next Generation Enterprise models. They're about 6" long and you need one for your desk!

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  • Episode 488
  • January 25, 2017

The EVERYTHING PROOF Bluetooth Speaker - Rugged, Waterproof, Sandproof, KID PROOF

Altec Lansing makes their Mini H2O out to sound like a pretty sleek rugged Bluetooth speaker. But does it live up to the hype? Let's unbox it, give it a listen, and [le gasp!] submerge it in a bowl of water!

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  • Episode 488
  • January 25, 2017

NEW Star Trek: The Next Generation Bluetooth Combadge WITH STRONG MAGNET

It's finally here: A Star Trek: TNG Bluetooth communicator pin! But should you buy it when people have been complaining about the magnet not being strong enough? Let's unbox it, test it, begin learning some of the controls and MAKE THE MAGNET MUCH STRONGER.

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  • Episode 487
  • January 18, 2017

Phishing Scams Are Very Convincing in 2017

Phishing scams are evolving at a fast pace, and in 2017, we're seeing some that are so convincing they have even tech-savvy users handing over their account details. We'll discuss what phishing scams are, how they've evolved, and what you can do to protect yourselves against one of the biggest threats to Internet users today.

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  • Episode 486
  • January 11, 2017

Compress PNG Images Up To 80% While Keeping Transparency With pngquant

PNG's are awesome, but can be quite large in size, which slows down your web site. With pngquant, we'll show you how to compress your PNG images by between 60-80% with no notable loss in quality, maintaining the transparency of your PNG image.

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  • Episode 486
  • January 11, 2017

Raspberry Pi: Become a Maker! Learn (or Teach) Hands-On Computing and Electronics

Robbie and Henry discuss the Raspberry Pi as a platform to learn, have fun, and experiment. We're excited about what's to come for this little micro computer, and all the neat things we can do with it!

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  • Episode 486
  • January 11, 2017

Change Faces With Your Friends With Face Swap Live

Using this freely-available app (commercial version adds more features) you can swap faces with your friends, family and even pets in realtime. No having to Photoshop the images! You'll see it happen right before your eyes and get to take snapshots or even video of your warped reality.

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  • Episode 486
  • January 11, 2017

FREE Stock Images for Personal OR COMMERCIAL Use! Pexels Demonstration.

Licensed under CC0, Pexels offers free stock images for personal or commercial use with no attribution required and no strings attached.

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  • Episode 485
  • January 4, 2017

Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat is advertised as a big money saver and energy reducer. How does it pull this off? Let's look at the Next (Gen 3) and see how it works.

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  • Episode 484
  • December 28, 2016

Rip Copy-Protected DVDs with Free Software for Windows 10, Mac OS X or Linux

If you're like Robbie, you may not have a DVD/BluRay player connected to your TVs, but have connected devices that allow you to play video files through software such as Plex. This week we'll show you how to import your video DVDs into MP4 files so you can watch your owned DVDs once again on next-gen devices such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

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  • Episode 483
  • December 21, 2016

The Atom Text Editor Combines With Code::Stats to Make a Game for Coders

Atom is a sleek text editor/coding application for Windows, Mac and Linux with syntax highlighting, and many great features. By coupling it with Code::Stats programmers can "level up" as they program, making those dull coding sessions just a little more exciting.

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  • Episode 482
  • December 14, 2016

4K Actioncam Showdown - DJI | Olympus | Garmin | Sony | Nikon | SJCAM

DJI Osmo 4K vs Olympus TG-Tracker vs Garmin Virb Ultra 30 vs Sony FDR-X3000 vs Nikon Keymission 170 vs SJCAM SJ500X - Actioncam Showdown Comparison of Six 2016-2017 4K Actioncams We'll introduce you to six hot actioncams for the 2016-2017 season, and demonstrate the quality of each.

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  • Episode 481
  • December 7, 2016

Actioncam Showdown: Live Mode Viability Test

Could a 4K Actioncam work well for a live broadcast rig using a Magewell 4K capture card and Telestream Wirecast? Let's put six cameras to the test, and let you be the judge. https://cat5.tv/actioncam

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  • Episode 480
  • November 30, 2016

DJI Osmo 4K Camera with 3-Axis Gimbal

The DJI Osmo 4K video camera flips consumer-priced cameras on their head by changing the shape, increasing the quality, and adding a 3-Axis gimbal for silky-smooth video even without a tripod!

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  • Episode 480
  • November 30, 2016

Accidental Commercial: Category5 Mugs... Logo Both Sides

An accidental commercial thanks to an astonishing discovery by Erika during Episode 480.

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  • Episode 477
  • November 9, 2016

Stitching Two 360 Spherical Videos Together

Learn to make the footage shot from our 360 camera rig usable by stitching the two cameras' video together into one equirectangular video.

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  • Episode 477
  • November 9, 2016

360 Stitching Demo 1

Our two 360x220 degree cameras have been stitched together (albeit quickly) and here is the result (from Episodes 475 and 477).

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  • Episode 476
  • November 2, 2016

The Growing Problem of Malware on Smartphones

Ransomware and other dangerous malware are becoming a bigger threat on mobile devices by the day, and Ryan Kalember, SVP of Cybersecurity Strategy at Proofpoint joins us to discuss the rise in these mobile threats, how they spread, and how we can protect ourselves.

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  • Episode 474
  • October 19, 2016

Robots in Education

Join Elad Inbar, CEO of RobotLAB as we discuss how his company is using robots to bring excitement to learning... for kids of all ages.

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  • Episode 473
  • October 12, 2016

Replace the CPU fan in a Laptop Computer

Does your laptop slow down after it's been running a while? Does the fan seem to not work well, and the system gets hot? Replacing the CPU fan in a laptop computer is a simple and inexpensive fix that you can do yourself. We use an old Compaq 6510b laptop in our demonstration, but most laptops will be similar to repair.

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