• S01E67
  • July 19, 2020

Coffee Break - July 19, 2020

Studio E has a drape system and wall-mounted TV thanks to the contractor, Peter's working in his garage with a new workbench, Robbie's spiral burn, Solbu gets to have his drums in the living room, bp9's Taskwarrior-like self-hosted to-do list project, button-controlled electronic curtains, Robbie's idea for a PIR-switched camera system for broadcast, bp9's pixel-based motion sensor and how it compares to PIR, blocking PIR-based motion sensors with a simple bed sheet, using printouts to trick finger scanners, RFID spoofing and monetary theft using tap, the loss of Grant Imahara. Special Bonus: How Robbie [seemingly] fixed the mic interference problem. Robbie Ferguson is joined by Solbu, Peter Lewis, bp9 and RD Blair.

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  • S01E66
  • July 12, 2020

Coffee Break - July 12, 2020

bp9 can charge his PineTime and even power up a Raspberry Pi from its battery, the challenges of keeping systems in sync, it's getting hot in Newfoundland, MarshMan's nickname on Zoom is U. N. Owen and we're all very confused, Peter's tower is up but there's something up with the rotator, Sasha's satellite installation and the tech situation out east, including an Internet connection that is 6. Robbie is intrigued about electric cars in Iceland, and we've got the contractor coming to the studio this week. Joining Robbie Ferguson are Solbu, bp9, Peter Lewis, MarshMan and Sasha Rickman.

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  • S01E65
  • July 5, 2020

Coffee Break - July 5, 2020

The problem with setting up, Doug has 'pulled a Solbu', adding RAM to an old computer is a significant improvement to performance, setting Alexa to "Computer" can be a problem if you're a computer geek, MarshmanGF got a laptop upgrade and MarshMan will use the old one as a hypervisor, power flashes at the studio with a bad UPS are not good, more info about the contractor, Peter's going to play it safe and finish setting up his antenna (following more trouble), Solbu's feeling a lot better, and bp9 is trying to figure out how to unbrick his PineTime. Robbie Ferguson is joined by Doug Townsend, MarshMan, Peter Lewis, Solbu and bp9.

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  • S01E64
  • June 21, 2020

Coffee Break - June 21, 2020

Solbu is super eager to tell us about his new Turtle Beach Stealth 600 headset, and they're really great! Somehow, we get talking about sandwiches, and Ken Jennings (of Jeopardy fame) knows exactly what we're talking about. Peter needs to stay off high towers, and we're thankful he survived what sounds like a very bad accident. bp9 chose Xubuntu for his Pinebook Pro, and Python 2.7 is dead, but app developers don't want to admit it--and it's causing problems. bp9 is working on converting his software management to git. Doug welcomed his third granddaughter into the world this week, and got himself a new Roku too! And finally: Naked didgeridoo crazies; what are they, and why are Australians on about it at 2am? Joining Robbie Ferguson this week are Solbu, bp9, Doug Townsend and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E63
  • June 14, 2020

Coffee Break - June 14, 2020

Robbie accidentally discovered of a [possible] new contractor for the Category5 studio, and ameriDroid has a solution to the conduit problem. Ladders take two people and watch out if you're a teacher, because we have all the best pranks. Electric cars aren't subject to expansion foam destruction, but we'll find a way. And Solbu warns not to put peas in your nose. MarshMan had to hack a way to mount the VIM3 with its fancy new riser, bp9 may have a solution to his Pinetime cable problem, and Peter is going to fix his Ham radio aerial. A ton of topics covered, and a lot of fun had by all. Join us for the Community Coffee Break! Robbie Ferguson welcomes Solbu, Lanceman 63, MarshMan, bp9 and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E62
  • June 7, 2020

Coffee Break - June 7, 2020

MarshMan is working hard to document NEMS Linux WMI support for monitoring Windows-based network assets. bp9 has received his Pinebook Pro, and it's glorious: He's completely pimped it out the way he wants, with XFCE and xearth. Robbie received a new Raspberry Pi High Quality camera, along with the two available lenses, plus a Raspberry Pi 4 8 GB with an Argon ONE case. Can MikroTik bond multiple network connections? Sure, but Robbie has only ever used failover. Peter has figured out how to control sine waves using a Raspberry Pi, a few buttons, and a custom circuit. Joining Robbie Ferguson this week are bp9, Marshman, and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E61
  • June 1, 2020

Coffee Break - June 1, 2020

Coffee Break schedule adjustments and the results of a staff meeting. Raspberry Pi vs. ODROID for Zoom camera shots, and Robert's new crypto feature. Solbu turns 47 on Wednesday, and Robbie lays down the law about personal questions. bp9 has something en-route. Could it be a Pinebook Pro? Or a PinePhone? Thinking of Pinebook Pro gets us talking about ANSI vs. ISO, and Robbie thinks he's figured out what ANSI stands for: American, not stupid ISO. bp9 struggles to get a good connection between the PineTime and Raspberry Pi, and shows us how tiny the solder joints are. Robbie Ferguson is joined by bp9, Solbu, MarshMan and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E60
  • May 25, 2020

Coffee Break - May 25, 2020

Sasha's getting settled in her new house, but there's a lot of work ahead. We'll get the grand tour in the current state, complete with some fun stories of feral cats, mice who climb ladders, and potties in the attic. This week's Tech TV is delayed as Robbie sets out to improve the video quality of the Pinebook Pro screen. bp9 has a PineTime, and in its current layout it may cause him to be detained when traveling. MarshMan decided to buzz his hair off and Robbie is offended. Sasha's got some long work days ahead, but at least the sun is early to rise. Joining Robbie Ferguson this week are Peter Lewis, MarshMan and MarshmanGF, Sasha Rickman, bp9 and Solbu.

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  • S01E59
  • May 19, 2020

Coffee Break - May 19, 2020

Robbie Ferguson is joined by Peter Lewis, Solbu and bp9.

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  • S01E58
  • May 18, 2020

Coffee Break - May 18, 2020

Robbie Ferguson is joined by bp9, Peter Lewis, Lanceman 63, Ron Morrissette and Solbu.

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