• S13E38
  • September 16, 2020

Compile Debian 11 (Bullseye) on Pinebook Pro $200 Linux Laptop

When Daniel Thompson posted a script in the PINE64 forum to deploy a genuine upstream Debian Bullseye OS on the Pinebook Pro, the community took notice. Robbie walks us through the steps to deploy on a MicroSD card, and polls Twitter for which desktop environment he should choose. The poll results are in, and Robbie is frightened: Will this even work? Added Bonus: Robbie confirms that you can charge your Pinebook Pro with a standard USB-C phone charger.

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  • S13E38
  • September 16, 2020

The Orville XL Die-Cast Model from Eaglemoss HeroCollector

Eaglemoss has released the 10-inch XL-sized ECV-197 Orville (plus a smaller 5-inch version), and it's a stunning set piece for our production studio ("The Bridge"). The model also includes a stunning 16-page full-color magazine, includes a profile of the ship, concept art and behind the scenes from the show. Robbie gets into the box and gets a first look at ECV-197 The Orville.

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  • S13E36
  • August 26, 2020

What is Two-Factor Authentication, and Should You Enable It?

Two-Factor (or Multi-Factor) Authentication can sound daunting and complicated, and you may be tempted to think it's only for tech geeks. But it's for the novice too, and everyone in between! Robbie and Jeff take a moment to explain how online services can use the tech you already have in your pocket to verify the person logging in is in fact you, and how this helps protect you, your company, and your accounts. It's not as complex as it sounds!

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  • S13E36
  • August 26, 2020

Is 3D Printing For Me?

Join Robbie on his mission to determine whether he's capable, with his busy schedule and lack of CAD experience, to effectively use a 3D printer. His strategy lets him test the concepts without spending a penny.

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  • S13E36
  • August 26, 2020

The Forced Evolution of Internet Infrastructure in 2020

2020 has seen ISPs and online service providers hit with massive increases in bandwidth consumption. This has lead to dropouts and occasional outages, but behind the scenes work is being done to improve the underlying infrastructure. Robbie and Jeff discuss what they think will come of it: The further growth of online services and mesh networks, and possibly a need to look at how "big brother" collects and uses our data.

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  • S13E35
  • August 12, 2020

A Better Portal for Your Wires

The Easy Portal from ameriDroid is an easy and clean looking way to pass cables through walls, desks, ceiling tiles or any other surface where you need a portal for cables. For us, we needed something to allow us to cleanly get HDMI and XLR cables from our production room to the studio, and Easy Portal saved the day!

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  • S13E34
  • July 15, 2020

Status of Minecraft Server on a Raspberry Pi and a Cupcake

Jeff circles back to our Category5 Crew Conversation about running Minecraft Server on a Raspberry Pi. We'll also learn who got the most votes, and who gets the bakery-fresh cupcake treat!

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  • S13E34
  • July 15, 2020

Microsoft DESTROYED Outlook For a Day!

Will Microsoft ever take responsibility for their cock-ups? Who's going to pay for this? How many businesses use Microsoft Outlook for their email, calendar, and contact lists? When Microsoft pushes out an update that renders all of them inoperable, who will be the first to step up and file the class action? Why is Samsung doing a better job supporting their users?

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  • S13E34
  • July 15, 2020

Can't find a cool clock for your studio? Write one!

Finding a cool looking, yet fully functional clock for our studio has been a surprising challenge. So rather than buying something that will suffice, Robbie took it upon himself to begin coding a custom clock dashboard that shows not only the time, but also a countdown to the top of the minute, whether we're on air or not, and even the storage space remaining on our server arrays. But can a Raspberry Pi handle it?

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  • S13E33
  • July 8, 2020

Crew Conversation: A DIY Pan-Tilt Idea for Raspberry Pi HQ Camera Using DMX Lighting

DJ Lighting kits are available for cheap. They use the DMX (Digital Multiplex) protocol to control lighting and motors. A pan/tilt light can be bought for roughly $90. So Robbie contemplates whether 3D printing a revised faceplate for that light would allow him to embed a Raspberry Pi HQ Camera, providing a high quality pan/tilt camera that could be controlled from the DMX board.

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  • S13E33
  • July 8, 2020

Crew Conversation: Raspberry Pi as a Minecraft Server

Jeff wants to turn a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ into a Minecraft server. We'll talk about his progress, what Robbie feels might drive him more toward an ODROID-XU4 or even a Raspberry Pi 4, and an actual pre-optimized Minecraft server for Raspberry Pi from the same folks who bring us balenaEtcher.

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  • S13E33
  • July 8, 2020

Crew Conversation: Saving Money by Buying a 3D Printer

Could spending money on a 3D printer actually save us money? Robbie talks about how through the pandemic and moving to a new studio, he's starting to see a trend: Many of the things he needs to buy are well over-priced, and if he only had a 3D printer, he could [probably] make it himself. He has a clever strategy that ensures he can make it past the learning curve without actually spending any money at all.

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  • S13E33
  • July 8, 2020

Crew Conversation: Chromebooks for School

In this Crew Conversation, Jeff describes how he's using a Chromebook as an educational tool for his teenage son, giving him the resources he needs for his education--including unexpectedly having to be home schooled--and how Jeff is able to administer the machine in a way that better keeps his child accountable and safe from online threats. But there's one catch...

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  • S13E33
  • July 8, 2020

Win $25 ameriDroid Gift Card

We're giving away a $25 USD virtual gift card for ameriDroid. Whether you're a maker, an enthusiast, or just hoping to get your start in single board computers, ameriDroid carries a fantastic lineup of the devices you see on Category5 Technology TV.

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  • S13E32
  • July 1, 2020

Pinebook Pro microSD Card Goes Read Only (Viewer Question)

Eduardo asks, "Hi. I would like to know if you have used the OS in the SD Card for a long time. I'm facing a problem where the card becomes read-only after 10 days. I've repeated the procedure twice, and I got the same result. I know the wearing problem, but I disabled the swap and firefox disk cache to reduce the wearing effect, but around ten days, the card becomes useless." Here's Robbie's reply.

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  • S13E32
  • July 1, 2020

(8) Custom DNS Servers on MikroTik

Setting up a custom DNS server on your MikroTik router is easy ... once you know where to look. For our demonstration, we'll use a locally-installed Pi-hole ad-blocking DNS server, assigned a static IP address by our MikroTik DHCP server. We'll learn how to set our custom DNS entry for both the entire network, and individual network interfaces, as well as how to disable the DNS servers automatically detected from your ISP.

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  • S13E32
  • July 1, 2020

(7) Static IP Reservations in MikroTik DHCP Server

Using the DHCP server built into your MikroTik router, you can specify static IP reservations which will always be served to specific devices. This is ideal for adding printers or servers to your network in such a way that their IP address always remains the same. The process is simple, and Robbie will demonstrate how to convert a dynamic IP address to static, and then how to modify it to set it to your own chosen IP address, if desired.

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  • S13E32
  • July 1, 2020

(6) Updating the Firmware on a MikroTik Router

We all know that keeping our software up to date is important. Security exploits can be discovered, new features created, and bugs patched. As important as these software updates are, we may neglect our hardware devices since we tend to think of them as appliances whose update processes are onerous and time consuming. By contrast, MikroTik has made the process of updating your router super-simple. With just a few mouse clicks, you'll have the latest and greatest firmware installed and running on your MikroTik device.

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  • S13E32
  • July 1, 2020

If You Subscribed to LinuxTechShow, What Happens Next Is On You

Robbie accidentally challenged viewers to hit 25,000 subs on YouTube, and they not only did it, but surpassed it. Now, honor-bound to learn and perform a fancy dance, the choreographer has him learning the moves. It should be noted: He's a computer geek, not a dancer. But, we gotta give the people what they want. More to come!

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  • S13E31
  • June 24, 2020

The Category5 Community Coffee Break

We started the Category5 Community Coffee Break when the COVID-19 pandemic began, in an effort to provide our community a place to hang out and chat about the things that they're learning and enjoying while stuck in the weirdness which is 2020. We invite you to join us! Let's take a look at some of the many notable discussions that have taken place in the past 60+ community Zoom meetings: From Sasha's new house (a work in progress) to Robbie's having to call off the police at the new studio shortly after moving in. See you at the next Coffee Break!

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  • S13E30
  • June 17, 2020

Is This The Best SBC and Case for 2020?

The new Raspberry Pi 4 with 8 GB RAM is up there with a budget PC, so we set out to make it look like a proper desktop. The Argon ONE case seemed like a great fit, and proves its worth as Robbie assembles the kit and installs the needed software for the Argon ONE's power button and fan controller. Lots of Linux under-the-hood as we dig into the code that makes the Argon ONE tick.

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  • S13E29
  • June 10, 2020

Getting Started with GitHub Project Management

GitHub is an online space for Git repositories. It provides a browser-based interface to supplement the productivity Git brings to projects. You can think of Git as a time machine for your code, a way to collaborate with other developers, or just a handy-dandy way to ensure your code is synced to all your devices. And what's best? It's free. Robbie will show us the very basics: How to create a repository, how to clone it to your local machine and make changes, and how to push those changes back to the server.

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  • S13E29
  • June 10, 2020

Installing Pinebook Pro Operating System on a microSD Card

The Pinebook Pro can boot and operate from an operating system installed on a microSD card. This means you can quickly and easily swap your "hard drive" in and out depending on what you need, or who is using the Pinebook Pro. It also means you can easily test a variety of distros without having to reinstall your main operating system. Robbie will show us how to obtain an operating system, and how to use (and say?) balenaEtcher to make a bootable microSD card for your Pinebook Pro laptop.

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  • S13E29
  • June 10, 2020

The Spotlight's On Robbie

Linux Spotlight features a wide variety of guests from the Linux community, and this week, Robbie was that guest. He doesn't often get to be on this side of the questions, so this is a great chance to get to know the man behind Category5 Technology TV. In this short preview of the full interview, Robbie talks about his first computer, the Linux distro that helped him make the switch from Windows, and the distro he uses now.

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  • S13E28
  • June 3, 2020

OverType Brings Back the Nostalgia of an Old-School Typewriter

OverType is a browser-based typewriter simulator. It faithfully recreates the experience of typing with an old-school typewriter: From overtyping, wobbly and unevenly inked characters, only being able to press one key at a time, and frustration are all accurately simulated. To save your text, simply use your browser's Print To File feature.

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  • S13E28
  • June 3, 2020

(5) MikroTik Viewer Q&A

In the first Viewer Q&A of our MikroTik video series, Robbie receives some kind words from drreality1 and TCC, as well as an intriguing request from RockawayCCW that leads Robbie to an excellent idea on how parents can restrict the Internet access of their children based on time of day. He also has a question for you, so comment below: Should we use WebFig or WinBox, and why?

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  • S13E28
  • June 3, 2020

Pinebook Pro Issues: How To Fix Boot and WiFi (June 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant PINE64 staff aren't allowed at the very factories that are manufacturing their products. QA/QC are not possible, and it's down to the factory to provide a working product. Regrettably with the latest run (May/June 2020) of Pinebook Pro notebook computers, there are two notable issues: WiFi not working, and an inability to boot. Luckily, both of these issues are an easy fix. So we'll show you how to correct them quickly, and get you up and running with your shiny new Pinebook Pro.

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  • S13E27
  • May 27, 2020

(4) True Guest WiFi with MikroTik Routers

When customers, friends, or guests arrive, they often ask for the WiFi password. Thing is, by providing it to them, you make your network susceptible to ransomware attack if their device is infected, plus you grant them limitless access to your network resources, such as private shared files, printers, and IoT devices such as your smart surveillance, thermostat or even smart door locks. Let's set up a separate WiFi network--with no additional hardware--using MikroTik. It will be isolated from our main network so users who are connected to it will be unable to access anything on our private network.

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  • S13E26
  • May 20, 2020

(3) NAT Router Rules (Port Forwarding) in MikroTik RouterOS

The next step in our MikroTik series will see us routing NAT firewall rules to allow outside (Internet) users to access ports 80 and 443 on our internal web server. We'll create the required NAT (Network Address Translation) rules, and configure a Firewall Rule for each port to direct traffic through our Internet connection to the in-house server.

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  • S13E25
  • May 13, 2020

(2) Initial Setup of a MikroTik Router

Welcome to our series on using a MikroTik router! Through the series, we'll learn some exciting and sophisticated network configurations we can create with our affordable MikroTik router. But we've got to start with the basics: We'll begin by bridging our ISP's modem (cable Internet) and connecting to our MikroTik router (default 192.168.88.1) in the web browser. We'll change the IP address (to 10.0.0.1) and the DHCP pool to 10.0.0.100-10.0.0.254, establish Internet connectivity to our network and setup basic 2GHz and 5GHz WiFi connections. We'll also glance around the RouterOS WebFig interface quickly, and talk about the optional MikroTik configuration client, WinBox.

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  • S13E24
  • May 6, 2020

Reducing Server Room Ambient Noise for Just $9

Due to the unexpected need to distance our staff, we've been doing some video shooting in our production room, which also houses our servers. The fan noise is something else, but as it turns out, a $9 fan upgrade for our ARAID 3500 backup drive is a big step in the right direction to help us reduce ambient noise. You may not have the same unit, but it goes to show how an inexpensive fan upgrade can make a significant difference.

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  • S13E24
  • May 6, 2020

Listen to World-Wide Radio Stations FREE with Radio Garden

Internet radio streaming hasn't changed much in the past 10 years, and that stops now. Radio Garden lets you tour thousands of the world's radio stations in an interactive 3D representation of Earth. Zoom in on a region to get to tune in to the radio stations found there. This is one to bookmark and share.

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  • S13E23
  • April 29, 2020

(1) Why We're Featuring MikroTik Routers

Disruptive technologies come and go, but MikroTik has a proven track record of offering high-end routers with enterprise-grade features for a fraction of the price of similar competitors. Before we kick off our series, which will take you through the basics and even advanced configuration of a MikroTik hAP RouterBOARD, we'll first discuss some of the advantages to such a device, and why it's Robbie's go-to for our new studio network.

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  • S13E23
  • April 29, 2020

Nimble Streamer: A Must Have Tool for Broadcasters

On Category5 Technology TV we always mention that we use Nimble Streamer. The question came in, what on earth is that? While not a comprehensive answer, nor a product demonstration, Robbie takes a brief moment to simply answer that question. Nimble Streamer is a very useful tool for all broadcasters (including churches and businesses these days) who want to have their live stream on multiple platforms -- like YouTube and Facebook -- simultaneously.

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  • S13E22
  • April 22, 2020

This Too Shall Pass

Robbie Ferguson speaks with Tom Costantino (Co-Producer, The Orville), Brandon Fayette (VFX Supervisor, The Orville), Sasha Rickman (Co-Host, Category5 Technology TV), Bo Lechnowsky (Founder/Owner, ameriDroid) and Amie DD (Contestant, LEGO Masters) to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting them. While each are impacted in their own way, these two things ring true: We're in this together, and we'll make it through this.

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  • S13E20
  • March 4, 2020

Community Emergency: Our Studio Is Closing! Help Us Open a New One!

Hey LinuxTechShow subscribers! Thanks for being a part of what we do here at Category5 Technology TV. We love creating videos for you, covering a wide assortment of tech news, reviews, unboxings, interviews, and maker tech. This week is different though. We need your help. In a surprise turn of events, our landlord is re-claiming our rental space and has demanded we vacate effective at the end of the month. We never saw this coming, and it has caught us unprepared.

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  • S13E19
  • February 26, 2020

Why TheCanadianHacker Hacked 100,000 Printers, And Why We Should Be Concerned

In December, 2019, a hacker known only as TheCanadianHacker printed instructions on how to fix vulnerabilities on connected printers to around 100,000 printers worldwide. We'll talk to him about his motivation, see the script that he used to run the hack, and learn about the dangers he uncovered, and how printers can be used to spy on networks.

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  • S13E18
  • February 19, 2020

A New Spin on Compressed Air

When we clean out our computer or other electronics, we may turn to a can of compressed air. But did you know, what comes out of the can isn't air at all? It's a mix of flammable gases. If used incorrectly, it can even spray moisture onto your precious device. John W. Scherer set out to provide a better option, leading to the creation of Canless Air. His Canless Air System is simply air. It's toxin free, safe and -- get this -- a fraction of the price! One single Canless Air System can potentially replace over 5,000 cans of traditional canned air. It's sustainable pressurised air that takes up no more space on your shelf than a standard can of compressed air. We'll learn about the product, take it for a test drive, and speak with John about his innovative Canless Air.

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  • S13E18
  • February 19, 2020

Free Alternatives to Windows 10

Windows 7 users are faced with a choice now that support is discontinued: to upgrade your computer to support Windows 10, replace it outright, or breathe new life into your older system by choosing a free Linux alternative. Our team will discuss the few Linux distros they choose to use personally, and how you can do the same.

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  • S13E17
  • February 12, 2020

Robbie's 1 Month New Year's Resolution Update

Robbie set out to educate himself about his own health using tech: A smart bio impedance scale and a fitness tracker wristband. Let's check in on how it's helping him make decisions toward losing weight, and what other healthy changes these tech devices are encouraging.

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  • S13E17
  • February 12, 2020

My SSD Drive Caught Fire!

It could have been a LOT worse, but the smell when I arrived at my office was overpowering, and my computer was off. We took it apart and found that overnight my SSD drive had caught fire for no apparent reason.

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  • S13E17
  • February 12, 2020

Charge 6 Phones / Tablets Simultaneously with One Charger

This is some simple tech, but worth showing as it's not necessarily something we've all thought about: What if we could do away with all the wall warts and instead put all our devices on a single charging station? It's a quick and easy fix to an issue all of us face these days with multiple devices within the household. Let's take a look at one of the many options available online.

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  • S13E17
  • February 12, 2020

Run Web Sites as Apps on Linux Mint, Ubuntu or Debian with Ice SSB

Peppermint OS' Ice SSB (site specific browser) is probably the sleekest "app mode" web browser launcher creator we've seen. Now, you can create a native-looking app for any web site, complete with profile independence, and the ability to use Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi or Firefox as the back-end. We'll install it and test on Linux Mint, but it should work on any Debian-based Linux distro (such as Ubuntu), or others if you don't mind compiling it yourself.

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  • S13E16
  • February 5, 2020

Debian Linux: The Default OS on PINE64 Pinebook Pro (PBP 3/3)

Robbie feels right at home on any Debian-based distro, and the $200 Pinebook Pro Linux laptop from PINE64 comes with Debian pre-installed. Let's take a quick look at the distro that boots with your new ARM64 Rockchip RK3399 laptop from the company that brought us the RockPro64, Pinebook and the A64 single board computer.

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  • S13E16
  • February 5, 2020

Disassembling the Pinebook Pro (PBP 2/3)

Now that we have started using our Pinebook Pro, we may want to upgrade the eMMC, replace the built-in Linux distro, or even install an m.2 riser board on the integrated PCIe x4 port. So let's remove the ten screws and get a look at the inner components of PINE64's $200 Linux laptop.

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  • S13E16
  • February 5, 2020

Unboxing the Pinebook Pro ANSI Edition with US Keyboard (PBP 1/3)

The Pinebook Pro ANSI Edition (US Keyboard) is here! Let's get into the box and get a first look at this stunningly beautiful $200 Linux laptop from PINE64.

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  • S13E16
  • February 5, 2020

February 2020 Prize Week

Every time a month has a 5th Wednesday, we do a giveaway of something we've looked at on the show. This time, it's a fitness tracker similar to the one Robbie's wearing, and the team brings out the prize wheel to choose our winner.

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  • S13E15
  • January 22, 2020

Cyber Threats in 2020: A Wake Up Call for Businesses

It is imperative that network admins keep apprised as to the latest cyber threats that are targeting businesses. By knowing about the latest malware, we can better protect our company data. Robbie travels to ESET Canada's head office in Toronto this week to discuss the cyber threat landscape in 2020 with ESET engineer, Raf Bivar.

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  • S13E14
  • January 15, 2020

Convert Raster (JPG, PNG, etc) to TRUE Vector Paths in Linux

Robbie shows you how to create true vector paths from raster images such as logos. When upscaling raster images such as JPG or PNG, the pixels are stretched and distorted causing edges to appear blocky and blurry. Vector is the preferred choice for graphic design projects such as logos, where color information is much more minimalistic and the edges are what is important. Vector can be upscaled to any size with absolutely no pixelation.

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  • S13E14
  • January 15, 2020

Detect Your Staff by WiFi Using Linux

We all carry a smartphone. Robbie will show you how to use Linux to detect your staff coming-and-going based on whether their phone is on the WiFi. Whether to automatically turn on lights, ring a doorbell, or track staff time on premise, the options are endless and only limited to your imagination.

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  • S13E13
  • January 8, 2020

Jeff Receives a Belated Christmas Gift

There's one thing that seems to have been on Jeff's mind lately, and Robbie found the perfect Christmas gift.

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  • S13E13
  • January 8, 2020

The Benefits of Sunlight With No UV or Blue Light - LED Therapy Lamp

Sasha’s a cheerful person in general, but the Verilux HappyLight is actually giving her a better night sleep and increasing her energy. Since it has all the positive benefits of the sun with no UV or Blue Light, it’s a great way to get some extra energy through the day and get your circadian rhythm in sync at night.

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  • S13E13
  • January 8, 2020

$40 Fitness Tracker With a Ton of Premium Features

Some people want fancy, expensive smart watches, where others -- like Robbie -- just want a feature-rich fitness tracker that helps them get in shape by being able to see status graphs and set goals. This sub-$40 fitness tracker offers these premium features (from the listing): Step Counter, Heart Rate Tracker, Call/Text Reminder, Incoming Calls Display, Calories&Sleep Tracking, Find Your Phone, Connect to Phone's GPS, Remote Photography, Social Media Message Reminder, Female Physiological Period Reminder, 24-hour Continuous Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Monitor, Countdown, Stopwatch and more.

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  • S13E13
  • January 8, 2020

App-Powered Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale

Robbie wants to lose weight and be a healthier person, but he's not doing it by a traditional diet (which never seems to work). Instead, he's arming himself with information about himself, which will help guide his eating. Knowledge is power, right? So by knowing all the information this impressive smart scale provides, he hopes to lose 30-40 lbs.

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  • S13E12
  • December 18, 2019

Linux Partitions and Mount Points: Preparing a DIY NAS

As we begin preparing to build our own NAS server out of a single board computer and USB 3.1 R2 DAS enclosure, Robbie will take us through some fundamentals to help us understand how mount points work, how to partition and format our drives, and even answer questions about the project.

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  • S13E11
  • December 11, 2019

Amazon Fire Tablet with Google Play, YouTube and Chrome

Amazon Fire Tablets are a good 20-30% cheaper than traditional Android tablets of similar specs. But can you run your standard apps? Robbie set out to try installing Google Play Store, YouTube and Chrome, and the result is quite exciting for those on the fence about Amazon's line of tablets.

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  • S13E10
  • December 4, 2019

Help Us Decide: USB 3.0 with UASP + eSATA, or 3.1 Rev 2 with UASP?

Okay, here's the dilemma: There are two NAS Enclosures. They're exactly the same price. They are virtually identical. The only difference is the connectivity, and therefore, the speed of data access. Unit 1 provides USB 3.0 with UASP (5 Gb/sec) and eSATA (6 Gb/sec). Unit 2 provides only USB 3.1 Rev 2 with UASP (10 Gb/sec). Would you go with the faster Unit 2, keeping in mind that the computer we want to connect it to only has USB 3.0 UASP (so the unit will still only run at 5 Gb/sec unless we later upgrade our computer)? Or would you go with the more connectivity options of Unit 1? Help us decide, and we'll review the one the community picks (majority rules).

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  • S13E10
  • December 4, 2019

You Can Run PHP Scripts Like Regular Command Line Apps on Linux!

Whether you want to interact with a database from the Linux terminal, or create a cronjob that automatically caches content to speed up your web site, it's exciting to realize that PHP scripts can be written and run within the Linux command line interface just like a bash script! All you need is the php metapackage (eg., apt install php) and adding a single line to your script header: #!/usr/bin/env php

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  • S13E09
  • December 4, 2019

Sharing Your Internet? A VLAN Could Help Protect You

Sasha has an interesting situation where her Internet connection is provided by her landlord and shared with another apartment. The neighbor therefore has access to her Spotify account, all her devices, her files, her printer, and more. In this brief discussion Robbie talks about how a VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) can be added to her apartment to separate her systems onto their own network that cannot be seen by the neighbor. This is not a how-to, just a discussion on the ability of a VLAN to protect her privacy and accounts.

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  • S13E09
  • November 27, 2019

Unreal Tournament 1999/GOTY Turns 20 Years Old

Unreal Tournament was perhaps the original multiplayer deathmatch. It introduced the best realtime multiplayer experience to players for several years beginning with its release November 23, 1999. Its GOTY (Game of The Year) edition featured additional content and was released the following year. Jeff and Robbie reminisce about how they got to know each other playing deathmatch at a number of LAN parties.

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  • S13E09
  • November 27, 2019

Amazon Echo Flex - A Wall Plug-In Alexa Smart Speaker

From the "why didn't they think of this sooner" files, Amazon has released the latest iteration of their Echo smart speaker: the Echo Flex. It plugs directly into the wall, has all the Alexa features you're used to, plus features a modular design allowing accessories like PIR motion sensors or night lights to be plugged directly into the device - no need for a smart plug. We'll go through the quick setup, and see just how capable this little smart speaker really is.

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  • S13E07
  • November 13, 2019

EASY Recycle Keurig K-Cup Coffee Pod

20 billion single-serve coffee pods will be consumed this year and most will end up in landfills. We eco-conscious coffee drinkers need to do our part. But it's hard and messy to tear these things apart and strip them down to their individual components for recycling. We'll show you two ways you can completely eliminate your K-Cups from the landfill without the mess, and with very little effort.

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  • S13E07
  • November 13, 2019

Massive Capacity Portable Charger

It's like having a power outlet to charge your devices that you can carry with you. Its colossal 26,800 mAh capacity means you can charge multiple devices multiple times on a single charge. Features like iSmart 2.0 and a combined 5.5A current really put this portable USB charger a head above the rest.

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  • S13E06
  • November 6, 2019

Discussion: Bring Your Kid To Work Day

Robbie's oldest got to spend a day working with him. From pulling some gear from the e-waste pile to building her own computer: It was a great opportunity to infuse a daddy-daughter day with a little STEAM education.

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  • S13E06
  • November 6, 2019

Which are Best? Testing 5 Pairs of Bluetooth Headphones

Enjoying our music and videos depends a lot on finding the right set of headphones, but it's not always easy to know from an online shop which is going to be best suited for us. The Category5 team compare 5 sets of Bluetooth headphones and discuss their opinions of each to help you get an idea for which may be the one for you, or the person on your list.

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  • S13E05
  • October 30, 2019

Soldering Headers to a PCB

Once you start working with Arduino or even Raspberry Pi HATs and pHATs, you're likely going to find yourself needing to attach the headers yourself. As a rookie maker who's quickly learning the ropes, Robbie shares a couple quick tips that he has found can make it easier to solder these pin headers directly to the PCB.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

THE ORVILLE - Finding Its Legs

When we asked Tom Costantino and Brooke Noska if The Orville had found its legs in Seasons 1 and 2, we learned that the show may even be evolving into a very sexy toad.

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  • October 9, 2019

When THE ORVILLE Season 3 Will Be Released

We asked Tom Costantino and Brooke Noska when The Orville Season 3 will be released. Spoiler alert: They don't know! But let's talk about why that is.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

THE ORVILLE is Moving to Hulu - What it REALLY Means

We asked Tom Costantino (Co-Producer) and Brooke Noska (VFX Producer / Co-VFX Supervisor) what the move to Hulu really means for fans. Their response has us excited about what's to come from the Hulu-release of The Orville Season 3.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

THE ORVILLE - Space Dramedy or Serious Sci-Fi

Before The Orville was released, we were originally confused: Was it going to be a Star Trek spoof? An outer space comedy? While it has some amazing comedic moments, there came a point in viewing The Orville where we all sat back and realized, my goodness - this is a SERIOUS sci-fi! We asked Tom Costantino and Brooke Noska if there was a moment like that for the people creating the show. What we found instead is that their plan worked perfectly and Seth MacFarlane has been excepted as a sci-fi genius.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

New THE ORVILLE Merchandise Coming Soon

The Orville merchandise is coming soon! Did someone say "die-cast ship models"? How about "Krill action figures"? Oh yeah! As Co-Producer Tom Costantino says, soon, we'll be playing with little Orvilles. Please note: Unfortunately flamethrowers will not be part of the lineup.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

THE ORVILLE - Digital Tech in TV Production

Back in the old days of sci-fi TV production, a ton of trickery had to be used to create the effects and even perform the editing. With everything being digital these days, we wanted to know how the TV production workflow has been impacted. Tom Costantino and Brooke Noska join us from The Orville to talk about how the use of digital tech has revolutionized the process, and how they've even adapted some old tricks to pull off big effects.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

How Social Media and Direct Fandom Interaction is Impacting THE ORVILLE Producers and Show

It's a different world for television producers than 20-30 years ago in more ways than one. Tom Costantino and Brooke Noska share what it's like as creators of The Orville to be able to interact directly with the show's fans over social media.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

Unboxing The $400,000 THE ORVILLE Model Ship with Tom and Brooke

We asked Tom Costantino and Brooke Noska if we could see The Orville model used to shoot the show. It's absolutely astonishing. With the help of this model, they use sophisticated robotic motion capture cameras to allow them to capture realistic camera movement and give a real feel of the ship's physical space. Then, using CG, they detail the ship and place it in the virtual space to become the ship we all see on the show.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

How the creators of THE ORVILLE use a physical model to create their CG ship

When creating The Orville, Seth MacFarlane and his team wanted to use a physical model of the ship to provide a realism that can't currently be matched by straight CG. We asked Brooke Noska (VFX Producer / Co VFX Supervisor) and Tom Costantino (Co Producer) how it's done.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

THE ORVILLE - Backstage Tech and Huge Sets

We spoke with Tom Costantino and Brooke Noska from The Orville to see what kinds of interesting consumer tech has influenced their production workflow. It's no surprise that Apple tops the list, but it's impressive just how much Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad Mini have permeated the video production chain, and even the set of The Orville.

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