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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

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 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

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

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 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

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 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 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

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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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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  • 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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