• 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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 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 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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