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  • Episode 606
  • May 1, 2019

Restoring the GIMP Interface After Closing Windows

The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) interface is different than what most of us are used to, and sometimes when attempting to close the program, we'll instead lose access to crucial tools. While we can dig through menus to restore them one-by-one, Robbie will show a quick way to restore the entire interface to defaults, and even switch to a single-window mode to make The GIMP feel more like a standard application.

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  • Episode 605
  • April 24, 2019

Aurora Master Party Light Unboxing and Test

Sasha's first unboxing! It's the Aurora Master party light: a small LED light that boasts that it creates an ambiance that can be romantic, exciting or just plain soothing. It's unique water effect gives the illusion of being underwater, all from a simple little light powered by USB or 4 AA batteries. And it has a built-in speaker too!

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  • Episode 605
  • April 24, 2019

WHOPPING 13.3-inch 1080p Raspberry Pi Touch Screen Case from KKSB

Did somebody say Raspberry Pi KIOSK? KKSB has launched their Raspberry Pi case kit that includes a rigid steel stand and Waveshare's honkin’ huge 13.3-inch toughened glass capacitive touch panel 1920×1080 high resolution IPS screen. Wow, just wow.

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  • Episode 605
  • April 24, 2019

Swag for Sasha; The Official Unofficial Spokeswoman of Neverware's CloudReady

Neverware even has their own lip balm, and since Sasha's the official unofficial spokeswoman, she'll dig through a big parcel filled with swag from the company that brings us CloudReady.

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  • Episode 604
  • April 17, 2019

YES, You Can Fix Electronics - Robbie Diagnoses and Repairs A Simple (But Common) Issue

Having been given a dead network switch, Robbie set out to see if he (in his limited but budding capabilities) can both diagnose and repair the device. TL;DR: what would have cost $50 to replace only cost $3.20 to repair, and Robbie was successful in fixing the hardware by replacing two burnt-out capacitors. Follow along with the process and see what he has learned about desoldering, using flux paste, and soldering.

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  • Episode 603
  • April 10, 2019

Samba Network Access to BitTorrent Seed Server

On Episode 597 Robbie and Sasha created a BitTorrent Seed Server using an ODROID-HC1 single board computer with a 1 TB SSD drive. It's been downloading for a few weeks now, so it's time to see how we can access the files from our computer. We'll learn how to install and configure Samba/CIFS to provide folder sharing on our network, giving us direct and read-only access to the very folder where our torrent downloads reside.

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  • Episode 603
  • April 10, 2019

Can This CHEAP Star Trek TNG Tricorder Be Any Good?

Curiosity forced Robbie to grab this cheap tricorder replica off Amazon. But can it truly be any good? Find out if you should be adding this to your cosplay uniform.

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  • Episode 602
  • April 3, 2019

2019 Unboxing Both Tinker Board Models - What's The Difference?

Let's get into the box of a Tinker Board 2GB and Tinker Board S, and learn what differs between these virtually identical looking single board computers. We'll also fire up TinkerOS just to have a quick look at what is included.

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  • Episode 601
  • March 27, 2019

Kingston Data Center DC500 Enterprise SSD

We're joined by Kingston's Sr. Technology Manager Cameron Crandall to talk about their new enterprise drives -- the DC500 -- and learn how Kingston is innovating in the data center, helping businesses to extend the useful life of existing hardware, improve overall performance and at the same time reduce the cost of operation.

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  • Episode 601
  • March 27, 2019

Kingston Data Traveler 2000 GIVEAWAY - Round 2

Have you cast your ballot yet? FOR A LIMITED TIME Email [email protected] with the subject line "Kingston Giveway" and include your name and where you're watching from. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and click the bell to receive notifications, and then watch for the draw because YOU MIGHT BE OUR NEXT WINNER!

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  • Episode 600
  • March 20, 2019

In 600 Weeks of Our Show, How Has Tech Changed?

Category5 Technology TV has been broadcasting live every week for 600 weeks. Let's talk about some of the key technologies that have been introduced or evolved during that time. From the introduction of the first iPhone and how that revolutionized both communication and cameras, to a 2,000 GB solid state drive that fits in your pocket. We can't possibly cover them all, but we'll chat about some of the stand-outs.

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  • Episode 600
  • March 20, 2019

Unboxing ODROID-N2 6-Core SBC

The ODROID-N2 is a new generation single board computer from Hardkernel that boasts a more powerful system with more stability and faster performance. The SOC integrates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cluster and a dual core Cortex-A53 cluster with a new generation Mali-G52 GPU. It's also available with 2 GB or 4 GB DDR4 RAM. Let's get into the box and see how it looks!

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  • Episode 599
  • March 13, 2019

Block Ads and Porn using a Single-Board Computer

Whether you want to keep your kids safe while using the Internet, prevent staff or students from accessing inappropriate content at work or school, or just want to make your Internet visibly faster, we'll build a DNS server that lets us block Internet ads before they're downloaded, and will take it one step further by also blocking pornography using nothing more than a single board computer to protect our entire network.

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  • Episode 598
  • March 6, 2019

Kingston Data Traveler 2000 GIVEAWAY - Round 1

Have you cast your ballot yet? FOR A LIMITED TIME Email [email protected] with the subject line "Kingston Giveway" and include your name and where you're watching from. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and click the bell to receive notifications, and then watch for the draw because YOU MIGHT BE OUR NEXT WINNER!

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  • Episode 598
  • March 6, 2019

Correct Photo Lighting Issues With Free Software + Quick Tips to Improve Your Shots

Using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program we'll learn to improve bad lighting situations that cause backlight exposure problems and an incorrect white balance. Robbie will also share some quick tips on how to improve your photos while taking them by utilizing some of the automated features of your DSLR.

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  • Episode 597
  • February 27, 2019

Turn the ODROID HC1 into a Linux-Based BitTorrent Seed Server

Now that we've got our ODROID HC1 ready to go with Debian Linux, let's boot it up, SSH in and get started! We'll format our SSD, create a non-root Linux user, mount the SSD using fstab, setup transmission-daemon and gain access to its web server, and set it to download our torrents directly to a "torrents" folder on the SSD. This is some serious Linux fun, so get ready!

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  • Episode 597
  • February 27, 2019

Unboxing ODROID HC1 (Home Cloud 1) 8-Core XU4-Based SBC NAS

The ODROID HC1 is an 8-Core ARM SOC based on the popular XU4. It has integrated SATA3, Gigabit Ethernet, and runs Linux like a dream. Let's get into the box and see what it looks like to connect an SSD to the unit before firing it up.

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  • Episode 596
  • February 20, 2019

Opening Your Local Documents with Google Docs or Word Online

Especially in business, we all have a mish-mash of documents, spreadsheets, presentations and the like. But in our quest to find the ideal collaborative cloud-based office suite, the problem of opening these locally-created files comes up. Let's look at how to load our DOCX and ODT files in both Google Docs and MS Word Online - both of which are available free of charge.

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  • Episode 596
  • February 20, 2019

Beginner GPIO Project for Raspberry Pi with Simple Circuit

Using a Raspberry Pi, a simple circuit, our live API and a Linux bash script, we'll learn how to automatically turn on an LED lightbulb every time Category5 Technology TV hits the "broadcast" button. Of course, the ideas here can be used for all kinds of fun projects, but this is a fun, easy and usable example of how to create a simple Pi-driven application supplemented by hardware.

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  • Episode 595
  • February 13, 2019

We Need Your Help

The Category5 TV broadcast server, a powerful gaming-type rig, is not only showing signs of its age, but also it's pending doom. Please consider supporting what we do at Category5 TV by pitching in a little something extra in the tip jar this month.

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  • Episode 595
  • February 13, 2019

Pocophone F1: How Good Can It Really Be?

Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 has snuggled itself firmly between a budget price and high-end features for a smartphone. A powerful Snapdragon 845 AI chip, 6 GB RAM, great cameras and an out-of-this-class screen makes the Pocophone unlike any other smartphone in this price range. We'll unbox it and give it a try from the user perspective. Gaming performance is incredible, the selfie camera takes some insane shots, and the audio recording is exceptional for a device that you'll always have with you. Watch, and decide for yourself: Is the Pocophone F1 really all it's cracked up to be?

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  • Episode 594
  • February 6, 2019

Microsoft Office for Free - Online

Microsoft has a free online version of Microsoft Office. It supports traditional filetypes, and operates just like the installed version. However, since it's in the browser, it works on Windows, Mac, Linux and even Chromebooks - to name a few. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are all available for free.

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  • Episode 594
  • February 6, 2019

Collaborative Document and Spreadsheet Editing with Google Drive

For offices looking to collaborate on spreadsheets, documents, presentations and more, Google Drive offers the tools to make realtime collaboration possible. In this live demonstration, Robbie creates a blank spreadsheet and shares it publicly. The access you give is up to you. For our demo, it's wide-open for anyone with the link.

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  • Episode 594
  • February 6, 2019

Encrypted Flash Drive Requires No Software or Technical Voodoo

The Kingston DataTraveler 2000 brings encrypted data to the average user (and power user alike). Featuring a built-in keypad, this USB flash drive makes it incredibly easy to store your important files in a safe way, while blocking out anyone who doesn't know your private password (which you set yourself). Since no software is needed, it will work on every device: From Windows to Mac to Linux to Chromebook, and even Smart TV!

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  • Episode 593
  • January 30, 2019

New PINE64 Hardware for 2019 with Lukasz Erecinski

Lukasz Erecinski joins us from PINE64 to unveil their new products for 2019. A new Pinebook Pro, a smart, open IP Camera called CUBE, the PineTab and PinePhone security-centric tablet and smartphone, plus a revamped Rock64, H64 and a retro gaming case. 2019 promises to be a very exciting year for PINE64.

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  • Episode 593
  • January 30, 2019

Random Tech That Has Our Team Excited

Occasionally we discuss what tech is really exciting us personally. Sometimes it's something simple like a pair of earbuds or a USB flash drive, but this is your chance to hear from our team what little bits of tech have them excited.

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  • Episode 592
  • January 23, 2019

The Truth About AI From The People Building It: An Interview with Martin Ford

Our opinions of AI have been formed by mainstream media, but that stops now. We're joined by New York Times best-selling author, Martin Ford to talk about what's exciting, what's scary, and what's to come from machine learning. In his new book, Ford records the conversations he has had with the very people developing artificial intelligence.

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  • Episode 591
  • January 16, 2019

Live Test of Wyze Cam v2 and Pan

Can a sub $40 smart camera really be worthwhile? Let's connect a Wyze Cam v2 and Wyze Cam Pan and see how they work. We'll show you the basics of the app, explain how to connect, and test the camera in both full light and night mode.

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  • Episode 591
  • January 16, 2019

Unboxing ODROID-C2 and KKSB Steel Case

The ODROID-C2 is one of the most cost-effective 64-bit quad-core single board computers in the ARM world. Let's get into the box and take a quick look around the board, followed by a steel case from KKSB that has us really excited.

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  • Episode 590
  • January 9, 2019

CloudReady's New Unofficial Spokeswoman (It's Official!)

When @neverware decided to make Sasha their unofficial spokeswoman, we decided to make it official, complete with perks (like stickers) and free laptop upgrades (to CloudReady)!

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  • Episode 590
  • January 9, 2019

$25 Smart Home Surveillance - Unboxing Wyze Cam v2 and Pan

The smart home is evolving and surveillance cameras are the latest addition. But could the Wyze Cam at only $25 really be a good option? This week we'll get into the box of their two models: the v2 1080p stationary smart camera and the Pan 1080p PTZ smart camera.

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  • Episode 590
  • January 9, 2019

Editing 4K to 720p Multi Cam Video in PowerDirector

Working with a 4K camera can be challenging in the editing room. Robbie will demonstrate how to create several HD shots from a single 4K camera, and then how to use those shots in your editor to give the appearance of a multi-camera production. The process also means being able to edit your 4K footage in realtime--even on old hardware!

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  • Episode 589
  • January 2, 2019

How to Rip Episodic DVD Sets for Free on Windows (Also Works on Mac and Linux)

We've looked at ripping movies before, but this week we will answer the most common questions we've received. In particular we'll learn how to rip a DVD series where each disc has multiple episodes on it. We'll also touch on why we're using DVD instead of BluRay, and why we'd want to rip DVDs to our hard drive. And Robbie talks a lot, so prepare yourself to be schooled!

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  • Episode 587
  • December 19, 2018

Improve Your Product Photos for Cheap with a Portable Light Box

Good product shots mean more sales, more clicks, and an overall more professional look, and this $14 accessory that packs up into its provided carrying bag will give you an edge. With several included colored backdrops and two built-in LED light strips, your product photos will look incredible.

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  • Episode 587
  • December 19, 2018

Unboxing the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+

It doesn't have Ethernet, but at just $25 this 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core micro computer fits itself nicely into the maker space, complete with certified WiFi hardware to expedite production and reduce cost for those who wish to use the board in their own product. Let's get into the box and take a look at the latest board from Raspberry Pi.

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  • Episode 587
  • December 19, 2018

Reset and Reboot Are Not The Same (Also, Sasha Broke The Network)

IT WAS SASHA! That little "reset" button on your gadget and gizmo is not the same as a reboot button. Resetting to factory defaults can lead to all kinds of trouble if you're unsure how to reconfigure everything, so let's talk about the difference.

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  • Episode 587
  • December 12, 2018

Alexa vs. Okay, Google: Which Smart Home Device Is Best in December 2018?

Smart home devices from Google and Amazon are priced roughly the same. So which is better? Is Amazon only about shopping? Is Google only about searching the web? Let's put the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) up against Google Home Mini. It's an unbiased test of Alexa vs. Okay, Google. Who has the most accurate responses? Who is the best to work with? That's what we set out to find out.

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  • Episode 585
  • December 5, 2018

Bluedio T-Monitor TM Bluetooth Headphones - Outstanding Sound for a Budget Headphone

An aesthetically pleasing design, exceptional comfort, great sound with deep (but not overbearing) bass, and an affordable price tag make the Bluedio T-Monitor headphones a win! Let's get into the box, and use our binaural dummy head to test the sound quality.

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  • Episode 584
  • November 28, 2018

SBC Price vs. Performance Volume 2: NanoPi M4 vs ODROID XU4Q

As we continue our PVP series showing the true value of various-priced single board computers, Volume 2 is a shocker! Is the 8-core XU4Q a Raspberry Pi killer? Or will the newer NanoPi M4 destroy them both? Let's use Ģiggles to determine the true value-for-the-money of each board, while also paying attention to the actual performance gains in the higher-priced devices.

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  • Episode 583
  • November 21, 2018

SBC Price vs. Performance Volume 1: Rock64, RockPro64, Pine A64-LTS and Raspberry Pi 3 B+

How does one compare the value of a single board computer when the prices are from around $5 to $150? Are the more expensive boards less value? We set out to answer these questions in our new SBC Price vs. Performance (PVP) series, featuring a new algorithm called Ģiggles. In Volume 1 we'll also look at how we powered all these boards, and discuss how the scoring system works to prepare you for the series.

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  • Episode 583
  • November 21, 2018

[FIX] Boogie Board Sync Won't Save

The Boogie Board Sync is a great tool for taking notes, but when Sasha took it to school, she found nothing but blank pages were saved. Having discovered the cause, she hopes to save you from losing your own notes.

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  • Episode 582
  • November 14, 2018

[FIX] Windows 10 Start Menu Gone After Update - Tablet Mode

Some users faced a strange side-effect to Windows Update and found the typical start menu has been replaced with a strange menu instead of a desktop, and pressing the Windows button does nothing. Let's check what's happened, and correct it in just a few mouse clicks.

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  • Episode 582
  • November 14, 2018

A Look at Single Board Computers: Some Serious Competition

Single Board Computers aren't just about education and breaking the $25 mark anymore. These days, you can get yourself an incredible little computer with some serious power and features. As we prepare to launch into our SBC benchmark comparison series, let's get a quick look at a small selection of these pocket-sized computers.

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  • Episode 582
  • November 14, 2018

Sasha Installed CloudReady on her Laptop

Stepping outside her comfort zone and replacing the old Ubuntu Mate that was in need of updating, Sasha took a leap of faith and installed CloudReady, turning her old notebook computer into a Chromebook - for free! Let's find out how she likes it.

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  • Episode 581
  • November 7, 2018

Convert an Old Laptop into a Chromebook for Free with Neverware CloudReady

Neverware CloudReady lets you convert virtually any old (or even new!) notebook or desktop computer into a Chromebook! The sophisticated reworking of ChromiumOS, combined with their easy installation procedure and novice-friendly user interface, CloudReady truly breathes new life into ageing hardware.

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  • Episode 580
  • October 31, 2018

Amazon's Cheapest "Pro" Mic Reviewed and Tested - NEEWER NW-882 KIT

Could a super-cheap microphone kit be worthwhile for your podcast or home studio production? Let's unbox and try the NEEWER NW-882 kit, which we got off Amazon for just $16.

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  • Episode 580
  • October 31, 2018

Unboxing NanoPi M4 6 Core SBC with 4 GB RAM and a KILLER Heat Sink

The NanoPi M4 single board computer is an affordable and powerful SBC. It boasts 6 cores, up to 4 GB RAM, 4K60 HDMI, and an impressive heat sink.

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  • Episode 579
  • October 24, 2018

Making LibreOffice 6.1 Load Faster (Other Versions Too!)

A viewer just built a dreamy computer, but LibreOffice still loads slowly! We'll look at the most likely way to speed up load time with LibreOffice (all versions, including 6.1+). Since airing this video, the viewer confirmed this fixed their problem. Does it fix yours? Let us know.

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  • Episode 579
  • October 24, 2018

$10 ATX PSU to Lab Bench DC Power Supply Adapter

Have a spare PSU kicking around? Want to save yourself the trouble of converting it into a universal DC power supply? There's little need to buy a lab bench power supply when you can easily convert a decent computer ATX PSU into a multi-voltage DC power supply with this cheap breakout board.

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  • Episode 579
  • October 24, 2018

Build Your Own Retro Handheld with Game Boy, GameGear, NES, Game Boy Color + More

The ODROID-GO is a DIY kit that you can pick up for around $30. It takes a few minutes to assemble, and will provide the ultimate pocket nostalgia machine: retro gaming handheld ala Game Boy, GameGear and more, plus it can even play Nintendo Entertainment System ROMS.

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  • Episode 578
  • October 17, 2018

Unboxing the RockPro64 6-Core Single Board Computer

The RockPro64 is the most powerful SBC from Pine64 as of Q4 2018. Let's unbox this beast - 6 cores, 4 GB RAM, eMMC, Gig Ethernet and [get this]: PCI Express x4!

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  • Episode 578
  • October 17, 2018

Viewer Comments: LibreOffice Like Microsoft Office (and Vertical Monitors)

Our demonstration about how to make LibreOffice look and feel more like Microsoft Office sparked some great discussion within the community. Here are a couple of those comments, plus a tip from Robbie about how and why he rotates his computer screen 90-degrees.

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  • Episode 578
  • October 17, 2018

Windows is Better Than Linux - Linux is Full of Bugs

In October 2018 (of all times) a viewer posted a comment claiming that Microsoft is more stable than Linux. Here's how the hosts reacted to it on the live show.

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  • Episode 577
  • October 10, 2018

Making LibreOffice More Like Microsoft Office [For Free]

LibreOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office, but it doesn't quite look and feel the same. While it's not possible to make the free counterpart exactly the same, we'll go through a handful of quick steps you can take to make it a much closer match, and possibly a more comfortable free office suite for those used to Microsoft Office.

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  • Episode 577
  • October 10, 2018

Shoutcast Internet Radio is Still Free To Listen

In 2018 Shoutcast restructured its site to appeal to the commercial broadcaster. But the large directory of free Internet radio stations is still available for free - you just need to know where to look.

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