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  • Episode 576
  • October 3, 2018

FANIMATRIX: The World's Oldest Torrent Turns 15

In 2003 some amateur film producers created a fan film that takes place in universe of The Matrix. There was no YouTube back then, and they decided to use BitTorrent to distribute their creation cheaply. 15 years later, the torrent is still active, making it the world's oldest torrent!

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  • Episode 575
  • September 26, 2018

CBS is Doing Star Trek and Its Fans an Injustice! DON'T KILL STAGE 9!

CBS has issued a cease and desist against fan project, Stage 9, forcing them to halt all distribution of the VR experience of the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D. CBS needs to know: this is NOT how Star Trek rolls.

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  • Episode 575
  • September 26, 2018

Ubuntu 18.04.1 is now OFFICIALLY Supported on Hyper-V by Microsoft - But Out-Of-The-Box, It's a FAIL

There's big buzz about Microsoft officially bringing Ubuntu 18.04.1 with Enhanced Session Mode XRDP to the new Hyper-V Quick Create system, but while the installation goes great, we've found the end-user experience to be lacking. In fact, we could go so far as saying it's in-line with their famous Blue Screen of Death.

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  • Episode 574
  • September 19, 2018

An Early Look at the Rock64 Single Board Computer

The Rock64 is one of the newest single board computers from Pine64, and it is available with up to 4GB RAM. Let's look at how it operates in these early days while software is still in the works for this cutting-edge little computer.

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  • Episode 573
  • September 12, 2018

Linux Mint 19 is Actually Awesome

In our quest to find the BEST Linux distro for everyday use, Linux Mint is really standing out. We're doing away with the requirement of being able to run DaVinci Resolve, since that looks like it would require a hardware upgrade. Instead, we'll be seeking out the best Linux distro and dual-booting to do editing on Windows using Cyberlink PowerDirector.

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  • Episode 573
  • September 12, 2018

Amazon Sells FAKE SD CARDS and WE HAVE PROOF!

Sometimes a deal is just too good to be true! But when using an SD card in your camera, phone, video camera or other digital device, the data you capture and store is priceless. We'll prove in this video that Amazon is allowing FAKE SD Cards to be sold through their web site, and the sad thing about it is thousands of people fall for it, and lose their data. Don't be one of the victims: Watch and share this video!

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  • Episode 572
  • September 5, 2018

Linux Mint's New LMDE 3 "Cindy" Linux Distribution Based on Debian

Looking for a sleek out-of-the-box Linux distro based on Debian Stretch? LMDE 3 "Cindy" from the Linux Mint team brings Linux Mint away from an Ubuntu base and moves it over to Debian!

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  • Episode 571
  • August 29, 2018

How To Use the GPIO of Raspberry Pi (A Quick Look for Beginners)

We've all got to start somewhere, and this quick guide will show you the basics of using a breadboard, a couple must-have tools for beginners, and we'll learn to turn a LED on and off using Python code on the Raspberry Pi.

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  • Episode 571
  • August 29, 2018

Unboxing the Atomos Ninja Flame 4k Video Recorder

Atomos makes mind-bendingly amazing video recorders, and the Ninja Flame records ProRes 4:2:2 video up to 4k30! Before we can start doing reviews, we need to open the box, so let's get started.

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  • Episode 570
  • August 22, 2018

Fake SD Cards are REAL and Available on Amazon, Ebay, and Others

A "fake" SD card can be a vicious beast: you buy it thinking it's so cheap that it's worth the risk, and it works, so you start using it... only to lose all your data. Let's talk about some of the red flags we can watch for as smart consumers shopping online.

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  • Episode 569
  • August 15, 2018

Where to Get Retro Gaming ROMS Now That Emuparadise is Dead

Downloading retro games is a bit of a grey area for now. Abandonware and software preservation all play into it - but when the creators -- like Nintendo -- want to put a stop to it and even cause Emuparadise to shut down, is there somewhere else to "safely" get those games from the days of old before they're gone for good?

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  • Episode 569
  • August 15, 2018

Make Windows Fonts Like Arial, Verdana and Times New Roman Work on Linux

When moving documents from a Windows machine to Linux, sometimes fonts will be missing. By installing Microsoft's fonts on Linux, some of the most common fonts will be installed: Andale Mono, Arial Black, Arial, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, Verdana and Webdings.

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  • Episode 569
  • August 15, 2018

Boogie Board Sync on Linux / Raspberry Pi

The Boogie Board Sync will work on Linux, which means it works on Raspberry Pi (which is generally powered by a Linux OS). For general use, it shows up as a USB storage device, giving you access to the saved files. With a little fandangling of third-party drivers, it can even be used as a tablet over USB or Bluetooth.

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  • Episode 568
  • August 8, 2018

Linux Alternatives and Document Compatibility with Windows

Robbie and Bekah ponder a problem that often plagues novice Linux users: none of my software works!

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  • Episode 568
  • August 8, 2018

NEMS Linux 1.4.1 - The FREE Nagios Enterprise Monitoring Server

Robbie gives a crash course on using NEMS Linux 1.4.1. This free distribution for Raspberry Pi and other single-board computers allows you to easily monitor network assets and be advised proactively about pending issues. The ideal solution for both IT professionals managing thousands of endpoints and enthusiasts monitoring their home network. NEMS cuts costs while making Nagios easy to deploy and easier than ever to use.

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  • Episode 567
  • August 1, 2018

Stream Deck - The ULTIMATE Hotkey Device, and How We Use It in Wirecast

The Stream Deck is the device we've all though of but had yet to see it come to market: a programmable hotkey interface whose buttons have programmable LED displays. It supports an unlimited number of hotkeys due to the ability to create hotkey folders, and it will improve your workflow with virtually any Windows 10 or macOS application. It's not just for streaming (though it works flawlessly for it).

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  • Episode 567
  • August 1, 2018

Supported File Formats on PowerLocus Headphones SD Card Playback

Last week we unboxed a set of PowerLocus Bluetooth headphones that have a twist: they have a built in MicroSD Card reader as well. Let's find out what file formats can be played directly on the headphones without the need of a separate Bluetooth player.

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  • Episode 567
  • August 1, 2018

Absolute Basics of GIMP

Let's get started with the GNU Image Manipulation Program! In this introductory tutorial, you'll learn to create a canvas, change the color of both your foreground and background, change the size of your paintbrush, and create and use layers.

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  • Episode 566
  • July 25, 2018

Unboxing and Testing Edifier R1280T $100 Speakers with Built-In Amp

What do you expect from a set of $100 speakers? Probably not much. But with the Edifier R1280T speakers, you get a sleek aesthetic and impressive sound. The fact that they're only $100 is perhaps the most shocking. Let's unbox and test to see if they really live up to the hype.

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  • Episode 566
  • July 25, 2018

Unboxing PowerLocus Bluetooth 4.2+EDR Headphones with SD Card Playback and FM Radio for Under $30

We set out to find a great pair of Bluetooth headphones at a very affordable price, and PowerLocus pulled through for us with not just a great set of Bluetooth 4.2+EDR headphones for under $30, but they included a built-in SD card reader for playback without a device, and even an FM tuner! Oh, and they threw in a hard case too! This is a must-have deal for the frugal audiophile.

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  • Episode 565
  • July 18, 2018

Biometrics and Behavioral Analytics in Data Security

Robert Capps (NuData Security) joins us to discuss the recent data breach at Timehop, and how biometrics and behavioral analytics can be used to help protect user data on both big name web sites and smaller Internet-based services.

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  • Episode 565
  • July 18, 2018

Unboxing Pine ROCK64 4k60p HDR-Capable SBC

The ROCK64 Media Board Computer is a credit card-sized 4k60p HDR Media Board Computer powered by the Rockchip RK3328 Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor with available version ranging from 1-4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory. It features an eMMC module socket, MicroSD Card slot, Pi-2 Bus, Pi-P5+ Bus, USB 3.0 and a number of other peripheral device interfaces, making the ROCK64 perfect for makers who want to integrate the SBC with sensors or other devices.

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  • Episode 564
  • July 11, 2018

Introducing GIMP 2.10.4

GIMP -- the GNU Image Manipulation Program -- is a free alternative to commercial tools like Photoshop. With the release of 2.10.4, it's even more of a professional-grade image editor. Let's take an initial look at it, how you can get a copy, and see how easy the new image horizon straightening tool is.

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  • Episode 564
  • July 11, 2018

Unboxing Pine A64-LTS SBC

The Pine A64-LTS packs a powerful punch with a low price tag. It features an Allwinner “R18” Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor, 2 GB of RAM and Gigabit Ethernet on a board roughly twice the size of a Raspberry Pi. It also supports eMMC, and a WiFi upgrade is available.

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  • Episode 563
  • July 4, 2018

Discussion: VR Has Some Really Cool Use Potential

Having seen VR grow from Nintendo's Virtual Boy to a fully immersive, realistic experience, Shizu, Robbie and Sasha discuss some of their experience with VR, and the incredible potential to be used for good purposes.

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  • Episode 563
  • July 4, 2018

Marie Kondo Method for Computers - Organizing Your Files, Apps and Digital Life

The Marie Kondo Method is an organizational and decluttering technique which we've looked at in the past when it comes to office organization. Now, Shizu Yamaguchi joins us again to discuss how she has adapted the mindset and technique to her digital life, making her computer significantly more organized, and even increasing battery life and overall performance.

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  • Episode 561
  • June 20, 2018

E-Paper That Saves to PDF and Sends via Bluetooth - Boogie Board Sync

We've looked at e-paper tablets that are ideal for those one-off notes. But what if you need your e-paper tablet to save your notes or drawings? That's where the Boogie Board Sync comes in. We'll take a look at how it uses Bluetooth to send PDF files directly to your phone, and more!

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  • Episode 561
  • June 20, 2018

The Next Generation of Hearing Aid-Like Technology - Jabees BHearing

Hearing aids are expensive, require regular doctor visits, and carry a stigma. Jabees has done away with all three of these points with a new set of earbuds that feature hearing amplification, remote sound sending via the included transmitter module, Bluetooth connectivity for music and phone calls, and more. Let's get a quick look at this up and coming product from Jabees.

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  • Episode 559
  • June 6, 2018

Sleeping Mask with Built-In Stereo Earphones

Whether you need a better night's rest, relief from tinnitus, or just wish to enjoy your favorite podcast in peace while flying (assuming you're not the pilot), this sleeping mask will comfortably shield your eyes from movement and light, while providing excellent sound from the built-in stereo earphones.

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  • Episode 559
  • June 6, 2018

Robbie talks about why he's so excited about the upcoming NEMS 1.4 Release

NEMS Linux is a free enterprise monitoring distro with Nagios at its core. Version 1.4 is coming soon, and Robbie's been hard at it during his "free time" - and he's really excited! Hear what he has to say about the coming distro for Raspberry Pi and other SBCs.

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  • Episode 559
  • June 6, 2018

1TY.ME - The Self-Destructing Messaging Tool For Sharing Private Information ONE TIME

Have you ever needed to send someone a password or other confidential information by electronic means? Sure you have. We all have. But what happens to that info? If they delete the email, it goes to their trash... but still exists. If you send it on Facebook, well, who knows how many people now have it. So 1TY.ME turns us all into Maxwell Smart or Inspector Gadget - it's our handy tool for self-destructing messages: once the intended recipient reads the message, it is gone forever.

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  • Episode 559
  • June 6, 2018

Qintex/Qintaix R33 Android TV Stick with Strong WiFi

Unhappy with the WiFi performance on a Raspberry Pi for watching YouTube videos? Or perhaps the Amazon Fire TV Stick's lack of connectivity drives you nuts? The Qintex R33 Android TV Stick solves both these shortcomings with exceptional WiFi (2.4 and 5GHz bands), Bluetooth 4.1 and both USB 3 and USB 2 ports.

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  • Episode 559
  • June 6, 2018

POE Adapter for Wanscam PTZ Camera

We reviewed a PTZ camera a couple weeks back, and now we've found a readily-available Power-Over-Ethernet adapter that works perfectly with it.

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  • Episode 558
  • May 30, 2018

Automatically Restart Your Modem and Router if Internet Goes Down with ResetPlug

Have you ever had Internet go down, but all it took to fix it was unplugging your modem for a few seconds and plugging it back in? That's an easy fix, but we're not always able to access our modem: perhaps we're not home and want to be able to remote in, but Internet is down. We'll show you a cool smart home device that checks your Internet connection periodically, and if it goes down for a set length of time, it automatically power cycles your modem and router.

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  • Episode 557
  • May 23, 2018

$200 PTZ IP Camera with ONVIF Support

We typically expect a metal body PTZ camera with ONVIF, built-in WiFi and Ethernet to cost around $1,200 or more. So when we found one for just $200 we needed to see if it was legit!

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  • Episode 557
  • May 23, 2018

Are LCD "E-Paper" Writing Tablets Worthwhile?

What makes an LCD writing tablet a viable alternative to paper? Let's test a couple of $15-20 options and see if they stack up.

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  • Episode 556
  • May 16, 2018

Learning to Solder with Community Soldering Tips: We're Getting There!

As Robbie pursues his desire to learn to solder, he's helped along by some excellent tips that have been sent in by viewers (who are significantly more experienced than he is). Let's bring together what we've learned, and take a look at the new soldering kit Robbie bought as a stepping stone to that dream soldering station.

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  • Episode 556
  • May 16, 2018

Amazing $30 Soldering Kit - Best Deal For Beginners

It's only a few bucks more than an "el cheapo" soldering iron alone, yet this kit includes a temperature-adjustable ceramic core soldering iron with 6 tips, solder sucker, desoldering wire, 8mm 2% rosin core electronics solder, anti-static tweezers, a flimsy-but-adequate stand, and a small toolbox to keep it all in. For $30 this truly is a great deal for the beginner maker.

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  • Episode 555
  • May 9, 2018

Digitspark Beginner Project: A Flashing LED with Arduino

As we begin learning how to create basic Arduino projects, we'll start with the ~$3 Digispark board and a very basic project to test our success: turning on and off an LED light automatically every second. This is a fun way to learn basic controller-based project creation at any age, or a fun way to teach kids the basics.

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  • Episode 554
  • May 2, 2018

OhBot - The Robot That Makes Learning To Code Fun!

Age doesn't matter: OhBot makes learning to code FUN! Teach OhBot to responds with simulated emotion. Give him a personality, let him tell a story, or teach him to search Wikipedia for you and tell you what he learns. Take a look at the newest STEM Education robot that interacts with you, and can be programmed to do any number of things.

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  • Episode 553
  • April 25, 2018

Blockchain - It's More Than Just Bitcoin!

Founder of eXeBlock, Jonathan Bahai joins us to discuss the Blockchain and what it can be used for other than cryptocurrency. An overview of how the Blockchain works that simplifies a very complex system.

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  • Episode 552
  • April 18, 2018

NESPi Case+ Assembly with Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ for RetroPie 4.4

Build your own retro gaming console with support for Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis and more! With the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, a controller or two (supports PS3 wireless controller) and this case, you'll have a retro gaming system that will become a conversation piece with all your friends who grew up in the 80s!

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  • Episode 552
  • April 18, 2018

A Frighteningly Convincing New Bot Spam That Tricks Your Customers

Get ready for the next wave of bot spam. What is bot spam? That's when a computer program (often malicious) sends fake emails to trick users into clicking links, installing malware, or providing confidential information (ie., phishing). Now, a clever but frighteningly convincing bot spam message has been gaining momentum. Warn your staff. Warn your customers. Share this video.

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  • Episode 552
  • April 18, 2018

NES Mini? RetroPie 4.4 Retro Gaming Build with Pi 3 B+ and Gameplay Performance Test

It's 2018, and retro gaming has come a long way (haha!) Now with the release of RetroPie 4.4 and the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, it's time to build our dream retro gaming console that looks just like what you'd expect a NES Mini to look like, but includes emulation for not just Nintendo, but also Sega Genesis, Sony PlayStation, Atari, and more! In particular, we want to know if it can handle Mario Kart 64.

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  • Episode 552
  • April 18, 2018

April 2018 Proof of Work Algorithm Update for Monero, Aeon, Sumokoin, Turtlecoin, Stellite + More

If you mine Monero, Aeon, Sumokoin, Turtlecoin, Stellite, GRAFT, Haven Protocol, IPBC or other Cryptonight cryptocurrency, you need to upgrade your miner, blockchain daemon and wallet software immediately due to an anti-ASIC Proof of Work algorithm update.

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  • Episode 551
  • April 11, 2018

Blockchain, Bitcoin, and The Future of Currency

In this interview with crypto-financial expert Robert Koenig, we'll make sense of a very deep topic: what is the blockchain, how do cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and Monero work, and what we can do to protect our cryptocurrency. An excellent crash course for users new to crypto, or a helpful resource for experienced traders.

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  • Episode 550
  • April 4, 2018

Pi vs Pi - Is the Pi 3 B+ Really Worth it? Raspberry Pi 3, 3 B+ and 2 Head To Head

With the new release of the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, is it it really worth upgrading? Let's put the Pi 3 against the Pi 3 Model B+, and even include a Pi 2 just to show how far they've come. What kind of performance gains can we expect from the brand new Raspberry Pi we've all waited two years for? The results are going to surprise you.

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  • Episode 550
  • April 4, 2018

INSANE 600x Microscope With Built-In Screen and 1080p Record to SD Card

It has built-in adjustable light, 1-600x zoom, 1080p recording, a 4.3" LCD screen and a solid-built adjustable aluminum stand--all for under $100 USD. This microscope is INSANE! Perfect for soldering tiny components or exploring the world of the microscopic.

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  • Episode 549
  • March 28, 2018

Should You Delete Your Facebook Account? And How?

It's no surprise that Facebook collects, aggregates and shares our personal information, but by using their service we have authorized them to do so. We are not the customer: We are the product. The question is heavy on people's minds following the revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica: Should you delete your Facebook account? And if so, how do you do it? We'll talk about what data Facebook actually has, and if desired, how to delete your account.

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  • Episode 549
  • March 28, 2018

Unboxing the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Our brand new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ arrived today, so let's tear apart the packaging and see how it looks! Will it fit in our original Pi 3 case? How does it stack up as far as the specs go? Just a quick look: More detailed benchmarks and demonstrations to come.

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  • Episode 549
  • March 28, 2018

World Backup Day 2018 - Where Are Your Files?

It's World Backup Day, and Robbie and Sasha want to help you with your backup practices by posing a few simple rhetorical questions. What you learn just may save your files!

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  • Episode 548
  • March 21, 2018

SmartGurlz STEM Robot for Girls

Smartgurlz is a brand new line of Fashion Dolls and friendly balancing Scooters that engage girls 5 and up in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Let's put it to the test and see if Jeff's daughter gets excited about STEM.

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  • Episode 546
  • March 7, 2018

Our Biggest Fans on YouTube - Volume 4

Our biggest fans have spoken, and we're listening! Let's get a quick look at some of the comments we've received from our biggest fans on YouTube!

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  • Episode 546
  • March 7, 2018

Mining cryptocoin is easy with cat5tv-miners - Introduction to Cryptocurrency - 2 of 3

Mining cryptocurrency with consumer CPU and GPU hardware can be complicated to setup. Our crack team of genius developers have simplified the process and created a free mining installer that gets you up and going with xmrig on Windows or Linux and supports Category5 out of the box, but can also be used to mine to your own wallet. Mines Monero and Turtlecoin at the time of this recording (check the site for current list).

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  • Episode 546
  • March 7, 2018

Getting our heads around Cryptocoin and the Blockchain - Introduction to Cryptocurrency - 1 of 3

We've all heard the buzzwords. Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency. Blockchain. Mining. But what does it mean? How hard or expensive is it to get involved, and is it illegal? We'll answer some common beginner questions surrounding cryptocoin. It may not be as complicated as you believe!

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  • Episode 546
  • March 7, 2018

Setting up a Turtlecoin wallet - Introduction to Cryptocurrency - 3 of 3

In order to mine or trade Turtlecoin, or to catch Turtlecoin in a Turtle Raindance, you need a wallet address. The team at Cat5 will walk you through all the steps to get up and going on Linux - but keep in mind on Windows you don't have to go through the onerous install process, but can still use the same commands to run simplewallet and create your Turtlecoin wallet in the command line.

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  • Episode 545
  • February 28, 2018

PlexPi Getting Started - An Introduction to Plex Media Server on Raspberry Pi 3 in 2018

PlexPi makes it dead-simple to get a Plex Media Server up and running on a Raspberry Pi 3. In this walk-through, we'll learn how to activate Plex, add library items from an external USB drive, and access and play our content from any device on our network.

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  • Episode 544
  • February 21, 2018

Plex on Raspberry Pi 3 - NEW for 2018

A lot has changed since we showed you how to setup Plex on a Raspberry Pi 3 back in 2016. Back then, it was Raspbian Jessie, but now, we'll show you how to setup Plex Media Server using Raspbian Stretch, the current version of the Pi OS in 2018. To ice the cake, we've even create a PlexPi image so you can get up and running instantly (and without having to do it yourself).

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  • Episode 543
  • February 14, 2018

ODROID XU4 vs Raspberry Pi 3 - GIMP Performance Comparison

Let's see how the Raspberry Pi 3 and the ODROID XU4Q handle the GNU Image Manipulation Program. In our demonstration, we'll side-by-side compare performance when scaling an image to a whopping 12000x8000 pixels and creating a 20% Gaussian blur.

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  • Episode 543
  • February 14, 2018

ODROID XU4 vs Raspberry Pi 3 - Stress Test, Mining Monero and Network Interface Benchmark

Let's use stress-ng to test the CPU of both the Raspberry Pi 3 and the 8-core ODROID XU4Q. We'll also fire up iperf to see how well each board's ethernet adapter performs, and finally we'll run cat5tv-miners, which uses xmrig, to mine some Monero cryptocurrency and see how many H/s each board achieves using CPU mining.

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  • Episode 543
  • February 14, 2018

ODROID XU4 vs Raspberry Pi 3 - htop Quick Comparison

Let's take a quick look at what htop shows for a Raspberry Pi 3 vs an ODROID XU4Q as we prepare to do some side-by-side testing of these two single board computers.

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  • Episode 542
  • February 7, 2018

Robbie Ferguson Breaks Down Net Neutrality and it Actually Makes Sense

When a viewer asked about ISP-provided QOS vs Net Neutrality, it opened up an interesting opportunity for Robbie Ferguson to provide a description of Net Neutrality that makes sense even if you don't understand the technical stuff.

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  • Episode 542
  • February 7, 2018

Size Comparison: Raspberry Pi 3 vs. ODROID XU4Q

Side-by-side, which is bigger: The Raspberry Pi 3 or the ODROID XU4Q?

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  • Episode 542
  • February 7, 2018

Viewer Can't Boot Linux From USB Flash Drive - Only Gets Grub

One of our viewers is having trouble getting Linux to boot from a USB flash drive, but we know their system boots from USB because it gets to the grub recovery mode prompt. Let's see if any of the suggestions we make can help. Share your own recommendations below.

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  • Episode 542
  • February 7, 2018

Open Banking in Canada - The Future of the Banking API with Don Duncan, NuData Security

Don Duncan, security engineer at NuData Security joins us to discuss how Open Banking is making its way to the Canadian banking industry. We'll discuss what the API brings to consumers in Canada and across the border, and what types of new security and being put in place to protect the currency we entrust to the banks.

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  • Episode 541
  • January 31, 2018

Using GIMP to Crop, Scale, and Compress a Social Media Avatar

Social media have restrictions on things like dimensions, filesize, and aspect ratio. Using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program, we'll learn to create a perfectly square avatar, scale it down to the right size, and compress the file to a JPG for use on our profile.

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  • Episode 541
  • January 31, 2018

Install Free Category5 TV Network Channel on Kodi Media Center

The bugs have been squashed and the Category5 TV Network is now available on Kodi! Watch Category5 Technology TV, New Every Day, The Category5.TV Newsroom, The Pixel Shadow, Scratch Coding For Kids, and MORE absolutely free.

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  • Episode 540
  • January 24, 2018

Resolving Hostnames on a LAN in Windows or Linux

A viewer question lead Robbie to discuss avahi-daemon (ability for Linux to respond to local hostnames) and libnss-mdns (ability for Linux to understand local hostnames), and the hosts file (Windows and Linux "hacky" way of forcing hostnames to resolve even if DNS doesn't work).

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  • Episode 539
  • January 17, 2018

Our Biggest Fans On YouTube - Volume 3

Our Biggest Fans On YouTube are always the first to comment when we release new videos! Once again this week, we highlight some of the best.

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  • Episode 539
  • January 17, 2018

AGPtEK 1080p Video Player Followup Questions

On Episode 515 we looked at a great little 1080p video player that plays videos from SD cards or USB drives, without output over HDMI, Optical or even old analog RCA. We wanted to answer the questions submitted on that video, so here is our first followup response.

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  • Episode 538
  • January 10, 2018

Linspire IS BACK - But This Time With a Solid Community Focus

Yes, Linspire is a commercial Linux distro. And a very, very good one at that. But back in the early 2000's it was commercially driven with the late arrival of a community version. Meet Roberto, the new man behind Linspire in 2018. His company is putting community first, supplemented with a commercial version and optional paid support. It's a new take on an old distro... that may actually bring Linspire back from the grave!

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  • Episode 537
  • January 3, 2018

$5 Poor Man's "Wireless" Video Camera Microphone

Whether you're shooting interviews or a homebrew feature film, sometimes it's challenging and expensive to mic your subjects. In this short video we'll show you a "life hack" worthy solution to the dilemma with a sub-$5 mic solution that uses your existing smartphone to record great audio.

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  • Episode 536
  • December 27, 2017

Our Biggest Fans On YouTube - Volume 2

The Raspberry Pi 3 is BIGGER than the ODROID XU4Q and Robbie is not as decorative as the rest of the team. This is the chance for Our Biggest Fans On YouTube to speak up and tell us what they really think.

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  • Episode 536
  • December 27, 2017

GNU Image Manipulation Program - A Beginner's Introduction

The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a mature image editor that is absolutely free. Let's dive into the very basics: how to rotate, scale, crop and save images.

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  • Episode 535
  • December 23, 2017

Season's Greeting from the Category5 TV Network

The cast and crew of Category5 would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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  • Episode 535
  • December 20, 2017

Turning A Windows Computer Into a Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server allows you to create your very own Netflix-like interface for your own media library. Whether you're adding your movie collection, home videos, photos, music or online videos, you can organize and watch your favorite media on any device. We'll learn how to do this on a Windows machine, and how to install the Category5 TV Network Plex Channel from source.

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  • Episode 534
  • December 13, 2017

Using ncdu to Find Big Files and Folder on Linux Servers

We've looked at GUI methods of finding big files and folders on your computer, but this time around we're going to cater to the server admin with an NCurses tool to show you the space hogs on your Linux system - through the terminal.

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  • Episode 534
  • December 13, 2017

Our Biggest Fans On YouTube - Volume 1

Our YouTube community is growing, and we're really starting to get some great feedback! It's always tough to decide whose comments get on-air mentions, but we know that when a viewer takes the time to post a comment, they're demonstrating that they are one of our biggest fans. So let's get this party started and read some comments from Our Biggest Fans On YouTube!

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  • Episode 533
  • December 6, 2017

Standard Batteries You Can Charge Without A Charger

Rechargeable batteries are great. But we may not always have a NiMH charger handy to juice them up. Along comes Smartoools with the perfect answer: AA and AAA batteries that can be charged with either a standard charger or a USB Micro cable.

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  • Episode 533
  • December 6, 2017

Ultimate USB Charger with QuickCharge - 50W and 6 Ports

The Jabees Q7 brings Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 to a tiny docking station that can charge up to 6 devices at once. No more wall warts, and no more over-burdened power bars. One charger to charge them all.

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  • Episode 533
  • December 6, 2017

Hard Case That Charges Earbuds, Actioncams, Smart Devices, and More

It fits in your purse or pocket, the Jabees 4Charge case is a rugged rechargeable case for your smartwatch, wireless earbuds, or practically any rechargeable device that fits. For larger devices, the built-in 1,000 mAH battery can charge them outside the case with either the built-in USB Micro cable or the standard USB port.

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  • Episode 532
  • November 29, 2017

Make Your Production Sound AWESOME with Auphonic (And how to run it on Linux)

Whether you're a podcaster, YouTuber, or just want to make your home movies sound great, Auphonic is our go-to tool. We'll show you how to use it, and for Linux users we'll even show you how to make it work on Linux. Auphonic therefore runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

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  • Episode 531
  • November 22, 2017

Bondic - The Plastic Welder

Could Bondic, the plastic welder, actually work to fix your electronics, toys, sunglasses, and other broken gear? Robbie set out to answer that question and was very pleasantly surprised when he saved his laptop from a very serious pending problem.

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  • Episode 531
  • November 22, 2017

The Best Bluetooth Earbuds: Jabees BTwins and Shield

The evolution of the earbud has arrived, and there are finally truly wireless Bluetooth 4.1 earbuds that WORK! The BTwins are definitely the ones you want if you're big on fidelity, but the Shield also provides a budget version.

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  • Episode 530
  • November 15, 2017

Turn Your Dumb Air Conditioner Into A Smart Air Conditioner With Sensibo Sky

Do you have an air conditioner that uses a remote control? Now you can upgrade it to a smart air conditioner with a device that replaces your remote and gives you access to your A/C with a mobile app, complete with scheduling, thermals, and control from anywhere in the world. Sensibo has done it again with their new Sensibo Sky device and app.

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  • Episode 530
  • November 15, 2017

NOT a PI KILLER!

WOW! Raspberry Pi fans are die-hard! We've been so impressed with all your comments about our calling the ODROID XU4 a "Raspberry Pi Killer" and felt it seemed important to explain the tongue-in-cheek statement.

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  • Episode 529
  • November 8, 2017

The 8-CORE Raspberry Pi Killer: ODROID XU4Q with CloudShell2 Case - Assembly

The Raspberry Pi got us all very excited about making our own little mini computers, but they're slow and dated. Let's look at the ODROID XU4Q SBC which has a whopping 8 cores, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, eMMC, USB 3.0 and gigabit Ethernet. Put that inside a CloudShell2 case for a 2-drive SATA RAID backplane with a 2.8" color display in a sleek package. This makes for the most gorgeous and powerful DIY NAS server we've seen yet!

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  • Episode 528
  • November 1, 2017

Switch Camera Shots in Telestream Wirecast with an Airturn Stomp 6 Foot Pedal

This affordable and durable foot pedal is great for musicians! But as it's really just a 6-key Bluetooth keyboard, you can use it for pretty much anything you can think up. In our demonstration, we'll turn the Airturn Stomp 6 Bluetooth foot pedal into a camera controller for Telestream Wirecast.

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  • Episode 528
  • November 1, 2017

Jabees Lifestyles Q9 LED Lamp with Qi Wireless Charging

The Jabees Q9 Desk Lamp packs some bonus tech features that we don't see in a lot of desk lamps of this sleek form factor. From user-selectable light frequency to auto power-off and even Qi Wireless Charging, this is an exceptional lamp for your desk or even home studio.

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  • Episode 527
  • October 25, 2017

EPIC Virtual Reality Tour of Star Trek TNG Enterprise - Sasha's Computer Build - Part 10

There's no better way to wrap up Sasha's gaming rig series than by taking a virtual reality tour of the starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D! Even with the graphics settings turned to EPIC mode and in full resolution, the gaming rig performs like a beast.

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  • Episode 526
  • October 18, 2017

OS Installation - Sasha's Computer Build - Part 9

There are a few more things we have to do before we can start gaming on Sasha`s new gaming rig, and this week we set out to accomplish most of them. From installing the Kingston HyperX Savage SSD to activating the AI overclocking functions of this sweet ROG motherboard and setting our boot order, and finally installing Ubuntu GamePack. All that`s left to do is install our nVIDIA drivers and play games until our eyes bleed.

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  • Episode 525
  • October 11, 2017

Connecting The Power Supply - Sasha's Computer Build - Part 8

It's finally time to connect all the power cables, chassis components like front-panel USB and audio, and run the ultimate test: Will Sasha's new gaming rig light up, or BLOW UP?

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  • Episode 525
  • October 11, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery vs. The Orville from Seth MacFarlane

As a die-hard Star Trek fan, Robbie is surprised by what he's seeing on fall TV 2017... between the new Star Trek and an apparent Star Trek spoof, which comes across as the most like Star Trek: The Next Generation?

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  • Episode 524
  • October 4, 2017

The Motherboard Is Installed - Sasha's Computer Build - Part 7

This week, Sasha installs the motherboard, RAM, and with Robbie's help, the CPU cooler. We're getting really close to a complete build!

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  • Episode 524
  • October 4, 2017

Windows 10 Update DESTROYS BOOTLOADER On Robbie's Laptop! Rescatux Linux Saves The Day.

As Windows 10's update tends to happen at the most inconvenient times, Robbie spent over an hour waiting for it while he was supposed to be preparing for our Season finale last week. The results of the update when it finally finished? An unbootable PC! #FAIL

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