• S01E27
  • April 16, 2020

Coffee Break - April 16, 2020

During today's Coffee Break, Robbie praises Microsoft for making unlimited private team repos free for everyone, and we'll reflect on "fond" memories of aDSL and dialup Internet. Robbie started planning his 1U SBC Server build, a quick chat about cutting video files in Linux with ffmpeg, and bp9 is figuring out ways to determine the actual resolution of the PineTime. Robbie Ferguson is joined today by Solbu, Ron Morrissette, Peter Lewis, MarshMan and bp9.

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  • S01E26
  • April 15, 2020

Coffee Break - April 15, 2020

Robbie is confused about how Amazon ranks what it deems to be essential to ship. bp9 shows us a fuse block he uses for Ham Radio that could be used for something like Robbie's SBC rig. Plus, Robbie has some good news about the status of government regulations in relation to Category5, plus, he's been secretly recording a hyperlapse this whole time. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are bp9, MarshMan, Solbu, agamotto, Peter Lewis, Bo Lechnowsky, MiniMarsh and Ron Morrissette.

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  • S01E25
  • April 14, 2020

Coffee Break - April 14, 2020

Category5 will be back on the air soon, and Robbie is working out how to turn a 1U server chassis into a multi-SBC powerhouse. Ron is in his dining room... or is he? bp9 is reminiscing about the "Palm Pilot" days with a Handspring Visor. We'll also talk about the power of Ham Radio transmitters, how WiFi saturation is causing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a future series on Category5 Technology TV that will help us setup a locked-down guest WiFi network. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are bp9, MarshMan, Peter Lewis, Solbu and Ron Morrissette.

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  • S01E24
  • April 13, 2020

Coffee Break - April 13, 2020

How long can a battery backup power a bunch of SBCs? That's the question we'll pose during today's Coffee Break. And what if we reversed the concept of battery backup and instead made the battery the power supply and use mains as the failover? Could we then power our SBC farm from solar? Robbie has spec'd out a server similar to Solbu's find, and has discovered a flaw in the fact that his bank is closed. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, bp9, Doug Townsend, MarshMan, Ron Morrissette and Peter Lewis, with a surprise appearance by MiniMarsh.

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  • S01E23
  • April 12, 2020

Coffee Break - April 12, 2020

Solbu's new server, Ron's surround sound, Robbie's loaves of bread, electrical backups powered by train engines, the virtual Easter egg hunt, and bp9's ongoing quest to program the PinePhone and PineTime. Robbie Ferguson is joined today by Solbu, MarshMan, GWG, Ron Morrisette, Doug Townsend, Peter Lewis and bp9.

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  • S01E22
  • April 11, 2020

Coffee Break - April 11, 2020

On today's coffee break, we'll chat about what it's like working through the pandemic, computers playing chess against eachother, Peter's window apparently looks directly out to the surface of the sun, a ridiculous deal on a new server for Solbu, Y2K, Y2038, MarshMan's Raspberry Pi cluster, plus early computers and early programming. Solbu, MarshMan, Ron Morrissette, Peter Lewis and Robert Koenig are all here.

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  • S01E21
  • April 10, 2020

Coffee Break - April 10, 2020

Happy Good Friday! Robbie's off work, so he's working away at the new studio, starting to get things setup for our first show in the new space April 22. He's setting up a Raspberry Pi to work as a file server for the audio mixer. bp9 is digging into how to use CalDAV on the PinePhone, and Bo has a solution to power Robbie's coming 1U SBC-driven server rig. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, bp9, Bo Lechnowsky, Ron Morrissette and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E20
  • April 9, 2020

Coffee Break - April 9, 2020

Happy Thursday before a long weekend! Let's chat about geocoords, a Minecraft re-creation of Earth (flat-earthers will have a hay day), gummy bears, how Robbie gauges his geekdom, the Pinephone, GitHub for application management and more! Joining Robbie Ferguson today are bp9, Peter Lewis, Ron Morrissette and Bo Lechnowsky.

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  • S01E19
  • April 8, 2020

Coffee Break - April 8, 2020

Technologically, we are finally at the point of being able to participate in virtual Easter egg hunts! We'll also discuss remote job opportunities, blowing up DS9, data loss on massive storage arrays, and how backups work (and don't work) to protect data. Today, Robbie Ferguson is joined by Solbu, Peter Lewis, agamotto, bp9, Bo Lechnowsky and Eric.

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  • S01E18
  • April 7, 2020

Coffee Break - April 7, 2020

Somehow, a desire for a self-hosted virtual assistant turns dark, leading to Coffee Break Conspiracy Theories (TM). But we do learn a little about Mycroft: A self-hosted open source implementation of a virtual assistant that doesn't call home to the big three. We'll also chat about how tech has allowed teachers to hold "virtual classes" this week, and more about the PinePhone. Robbie Ferguson is joined today by Solbu, bp9, Peter Lewis and Bo Lechnowsky.

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