• S01E72
  • September 20, 2020

Coffee Break - September 20, 2020

After 72 episodes, Robbie closes Season 1 of Coffee Break and hands the reins over to bp9 for Season 2. Doug is getting ready to build a Pi-hole and Robbie has lots of good info. Peter's wife is recovering from surgery, as long as she heeds her doctors advice to rest. Robbie is looking for ways to drive his LED studio lights from a bigger power supply. bp9 is figuring out the difference between SSL and PKI. Robbie Ferguson is joined by Doug Townsend, bp9 and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E71
  • September 6, 2020

Coffee Break - September 6, 2020

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

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  • S01E70
  • August 23, 2020

Coffee Break - August 23, 2020

It's just Robbie, Reed, bp9 and Peter this week. We chat a fair bit about home NAS solutions: unRAID, Synology vs. QNAP, and an announcement about Kobol's new Helios64 open source Linux-powered NAS. Robbie wants to use a DMX receiver to turn on and off the studio fill lighting, and bp9 may install an antenna in his attic to bring in some over-the-air TV stations... if it wasn't for all the commercials. Peter had a frightening experience with a valve change, but pulled through.

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  • S01E69
  • August 16, 2020

Coffee Break - August 16, 2020

Robbie's back from vacation, although he and his family got rained out. An early return meant getting some extra work done in the studio, and things are coming together. bp9 has received his PinePhone, and reports on the current status. Solbu has upgraded his computer rig and has a podcaster-style mic this week, and Peter could use some air conditioning. Joining Robbie Ferguson are Peter Lewis, bp9 and Solbu.

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  • S01E68
  • July 26, 2020

Coffee Break - July 26, 2020

Robbie's taking a break, working from home, Peter's overheated in his garage, digital thermometers, adjusting the AC, hacking wireless thermometers with a Ham radio, taking down trees, wide format banner printing, plotters, and running out of ink at the studio. Makeshifting a multi-SD card reader for 4K video editing, what a clapboard achieves, SSD reliability, Google Remote Desktop is much safer than RDP due to multi-factor authentication and why Robbie prefers a terminal style Pinebook Pro use case. A quick chat about brand names, and Peter decides he doesn't need clothes. Joining Robbie Ferguson are Peter Lewis, Doug Townsend, bp9, Marshman and rd_blair.

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  • 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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  • S01E57
  • May 17, 2020

Coffee Break - May 17, 2020

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

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  • S01E56
  • May 16, 2020

Coffee Break - May 16, 2020

Peter and Solbu are here for Coffee Break, and Robert tries to connect.

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  • S01E55
  • May 15, 2020

Coffee Break - May 15, 2020

Green licorice is not free, nor is it a green liquid. Yes, we're learning to understand Peter, and glad his medical appointment went well! We've decided it'd be fun to connect to Zoom meetings using at least a dozen smartphones. Robbie's got a long weekend, and the Queen is pranking Saudi leaders. We're creating our own CardDAV standards (hey, if Evolution can do it, why can't we?) and we'll talk about our varying convictions about where email should go. Joining Robbie today are Solbu, Peter Lewis, bp9, Ron Morrissette, and long-time viewer, first-time Coffee Breaker, Moe Maravilla.

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  • S01E54
  • May 14, 2020

Coffee Break - May 14, 2020

Robbie needs coffee, badly. Solbu's DNS server came under attack and Robbie is reminded how he hid a hardware firewall inside his server years ago. Some thoughts on public transit and Santa Claus, drug addicted computer salespeople, and the boss key Robbie made in public school. Peter has programmed a screensaver, which gets us all reminiscing about Johnny Castaway. cat5tv_captions isn't totally accurate, but it's cool that it translates to many languages. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Peter Lewis, bp9, Solbu and Ron Morrissette.

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  • S01E53
  • May 13, 2020

Coffee Break - May 13, 2020

Delicious margarine cauliflower, Peter's got a LiPo for his music player that took nearly a half a year to arrive, and that leads bp9 and Robbie to wonder when their PineTime Developer Kits will arrive. Robbie mentions some impressive upgrades on the Category5 web site, and reminds bp9 about the AI that converts all our speech into text files. We'll also chat about Robbie's server collocation, how he protects his servers from attackers, Evolution on a PinePhone, Synology vs. QNAP with a custom OS, and bp9 is quite the handyman, having fixed his own washer! Joining Robbie Ferguson today are bp9 and Peter Lewis, with a Solbu lurking.

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  • S01E52
  • May 12, 2020

Coffee Break - May 12, 2020

Robbie's plans to prevent having to cut off the Coffee Break mid-discussion, how diodes can help us build our redundant power supply for SBCs, aerial photographs from 1862, Solbu's plans for his server-based storage, Peter's giant 1.21 gigawatt connectors, an idea to replace a noisy server with a quiet SBC-powered DAS, and why can't they make quiet fans for Dell servers? Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, Ron Morrissette, bp9 and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E51
  • May 11, 2020

Coffee Break - May 11, 2020

Today on the Community Coffee Break we'll chat about why we didn't have one on Sunday, the death of a PSU, and both Peter and bp9 help Robbie understand how to create a dual-redundant power supply using diodes. Solbu had a DSL modem that had a similar issue, and bp9 has us reminiscing about old tech such as the Gopher protocol and BBS's... and that reminds Solbu of a video he once saw. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, Ron Morrissette, Peter Lewis, bp9 and Lanceman 63.

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  • S01E50
  • May 9, 2020

Coffee Break - May 9, 2020

Amidst a snowy day, Robbie's son, Liam (9) is coding a game in LUA to play online with his cousins. Solbu has a new weed wacker that also doubles as a weapon against the coming zombie apocalypse, Peter loves Robbie's suggestion of Radio Garden, and Robbie wants to grab some firewood to stave off the cold May air and pandemic doldrums. We'll also talk about those who try to catch the Google Street View car or fool speed cameras with super fast motorbikes. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are his son Liam, plus Peter Lewis, bp9 and Solbu.

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  • S01E49
  • May 8, 2020

Coffee Break - May 8, 2020

When the whole world is taking a coffee break at the same time, Zoom starts misbehaving. Once we figure out how to deal with the massive delay, we chat about Ron's new server rack and all the cable organization he'll be doing. That brings us to thoughts of tech hoarding: Is it really hoarding if you'll use it one day? Robbie thinks so as he regrets having e-wasted a 4U server chassis a few years back that would have come in very handy at the new studio. Speaking of holding on to old things, Peter has a soldering iron from the 1700's that still works. Solbu makes us wonder if lightbulbs were the original planned obsolescence product, and Robbie figures he knows why LED lightbulbs don't actually last 30 years. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, Peter Lewis, Ron Morrissette and bp9.

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  • S01E48
  • May 7, 2020

Coffee Break - May 7, 2020

Let's chat over coffee about how the studio is coming along, and how much of a difference it makes to reduce fan noise... and correct Robbie: It's waveform, not wavetable. We'll also spend time admiring the realism of MarshMan's lifelike bird animation, the wonderful and not so wonderful features of Synology, how NextCloud is blowing Robbie's mind, and we're all going to pitch in and get Peter a talk box and call him Peter Frampton. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are bp9, Ron Morrissette, Solbu, Bo Lechnowsky, Peter Lewis [Frampton] and MarshMan.

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  • S01E47
  • May 6, 2020

Coffee Break - May 6, 2020

Robbie received the HDMI repeaters for the studio cameras, and we're all getting hungry with talk of BBQ and pot roast. Robbie's ODROID-C4 should be arriving soon, and Raspberry Pi have released a new high-quality camera sensor module that Agamotto has an interesting use for. bp9's Synology system has surveillance functionality, and poor vision could be helped by either LASIK or a microfiche. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Peter Lewis, bp9, MarshMan, Ron Morrissette, Agamotto and Bo Lechnowsky.

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  • S01E46
  • May 5, 2020

Coffee Break - May 5, 2020

Category5's HDMI repeaters should arrive today, well ahead of schedule. We'll also chat about PCB and 3D printing, Robots in medical positions, horses and a space probe that's been online for 15,000 days. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, Peter Lewis, bp9^2, Ron Morrissette, Bo Lechnowsky and a quick visit from his daughter, Marika.

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  • S01E45
  • May 4, 2020

Coffee Break - May 4, 2020

Travelling the world by boat, bp9's Cessna 172 is grounded for now, Iron Maiden's flying tour bus 'Ed Force One' and the coming of Episode 666 where we probably have to show Linux Satanic Edition and dress in demon costumes. Robbie's figured out a couple ways to explain the difference between a consumer router and an enterprise router, and we figure out why consumer gear is so much easier to configure. Also, Peter is working hard to improve his webcam quality. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, Peter Lewis, Lanceman 63, Ron Morrissette, bp9 and Bo Lechnowsky.

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  • S01E44
  • May 3, 2020

Coffee Break - May 3, 2020

Robbie really wants good WiFi, Solbu would upgrade his RAM but Robbie shoots down his dreams, and Peter's 720p webcam runs at 0.0003p. Also, watch out for short circuits when you connect resistors or eMMC storage. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, MarshMan, Peter Lewis and Lanceman 63.

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  • S01E43
  • May 2, 2020

Coffee Break - May 2, 2020

Network security is the topic du jour around the coffee pot today. With Robbie's coming feature about MikroTik branded routers, is it really about the brand? Or is it about the features? And which features are we talking about? We'll chat about how a high-quality router takes an inverse approach to security and treats all traffic as untrusted until you say you trust it. Criteria-based firewall rules allow you to better control not just which ports are open, but who has access to those ports when they are. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, MarshMan, Peter Lewis and bp9.

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  • S01E42
  • May 1, 2020

Coffee Break - May 1, 2020

Robbie's got an ODROID-C4 on its way from ameriDroid, but regrets the demise of the beloved ODROID-C2. We'll chat about the architecture of most SBCs and what that means for software availability, plus Ubuntu 20.04 LTS' release. bp9 wonders what a SBC brings to the table, and we figure a step-down power transformer is a great way to protect SBCs from over-voltage. We'll even get talking about advanced routers and how they further protect SSH (for example), but we'll save that discussion for another day. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Peter Lewis, bp9, MarshMan, Ron Morrissette and Solbu.

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  • S01E41
  • April 30, 2020

Coffee Break - April 30, 2020

An unlimited supply of The Matrix references, HDMI couplers are garbage, but HDMI repeaters might be the cheap alternative Robbie looking for. Inno Setup reminds Robbie of NSIS. Servers are loud, and perhaps replacing fans could reduce the ambient noise. The difference between consumer and enterprise SSDs. git is NOT a backup, but rdiff-backup is. Robbie Ferguson is joined today by MarshMan, bp9, Peter Lewis, Solbu, Ron Morrissette and Bo Lechnowsky.

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  • S01E40
  • April 29, 2020

Coffee Break - April 29, 2020

UFOs are real! Speaking of aliens, you can convert RPM to DEB. bp9 tells us more about how the PineTime ticks away the moments without an RTC, and Peter's atomic watch arrived for his wife. Luckily it was safe when hooligans (family members) broke down the back door! Peter has been experimenting with a program called Inno Setup to build an installer for his program, and bp9 shares how his local git setup works to create a local alternative to GitHub. bp9 suggests trying gitk, and Solbu likes etckeeper to create git-powered backups of your /etc folder. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Ron Morrissette, bp9, Peter Lewis, Solbu, and Bo Lechnowsky,

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  • S01E39
  • April 28, 2020

Coffee Break - April 28, 2020

Solbu is taking his sweet time making MarshMan a sandwich (Zoom's virtual background effect is awesome), Robbie's got some genuine Kimchi ramen, bp9 is working out how to add characters to the PineTime display and wondering when it'll arrive, Bo has built an ODROID-H2 with 10 Gb/sec Ethernet, and Robbie just discovered Vimeo has an API which will let him add Ultra HD downloads to our web site. Joining Robbie Ferguson are Solbu, bp9, agamotto, Bo Lechnowsky, and MarshMan.

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  • S01E38
  • April 27, 2020

Coffee Break - April 27, 2020

The Internet is going mad as two major Google services and Zoom have trouble, and Robbie wonders what all the fuss about cold brew is. Solbu is dreaming of truck stop coffee, bp9 is concerned about Keurig and Robbie explains why Tassimo is able to make better coffee overall. Oh, and it's really creepy that old cars are better for stalking girlfriends and Robbie wants us all to use Solbu's kitchen as our Zoom background. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, bp9, Lanceman 63, Peter Lewis and Ron Morrissette.

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  • S01E37
  • April 26, 2020

Coffee Break - April 26, 2020

Robbie's working hard at Studio E, but got to take his family on a hike yesterday, and folks want to know how he can take such a perfect family picture without help from a passerby. We'll also talk about emergency airplane landings and those that are too good to be real, including some exceptional Hollywood-style effects. And Peter is working on getting his new program to make sound in bash. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Peter Lewis, Solbu, bp9, Lanceman 63 and MarshMan.

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  • S01E36
  • April 25, 2020

Coffee Break - April 25, 2020

It's MarshMan's birthday, and he gives us a tour of his freshly-organized SBC / server workstation. We'll also talk about society's apparent need to sue everyone, and Robbie is doing his best to practice self-isolation during this time, while still having to work through the week. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, Peter Lewis and MarshMan.

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  • S01E35
  • April 24, 2020

Coffee Break - April 24, 2020

Robbie got a box from ameriDroid and is unintentionally donating billions of dollars in ad space to Starbucks. Robbie also shares how he was able to get Jeff and Henry in on Episode 647 even though he couldn't get Zoom working, and why. bp9 shares further thoughts about the math behind his PineTime clock face, and Bo explains some advantages to an app-driven PSU for your SBC (although bp9 worries about hackers). Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, bp9, Peter Lewis, agamotto and Bo Lechnowsky.

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  • S01E34
  • April 23, 2020

Coffee Break - April 23, 2020

Well, Category5 is back. Robbie isn't quite sure yet what that means for our Coffee Break since he'll be back to editing video each week. Now that we're back, Peter's happy to be sending news stories in for the Newsroom, and Bo has an exciting announcement from ODROID. Peter is also making great progress on his game development, and we'll learn a little more about the history of Linux from Solbu. Joining Robbie Ferguson for today's Coffee Break are bp9, Peter Lewis, Solbu, agamotto, Ron Morrissette, and Bo Lechnowsky.

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  • S01E33
  • April 22, 2020

Coffee Break - April 22, 2020

Today's Coffee Break is extra special because this is the day Category5 returns! bp9 has received a rather exciting shipping notification from PINE64, and we'll chat about laptop batteries and refurbishing them, plus bp9's loathing of built-in batteries and why Robbie agrees with him. Solbu has a use for a button that many of us have seen but never used, and Amazon is going to be releasing a very expensive TV series based in the realm of Lord of The Rings. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Ron Morrissette, Solbu, bp9 and Peter Lewis, with a quick visit from Bo and Rosemary Lechnowsky.

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  • S01E32
  • April 21, 2020

Coffee Break - April 21, 2020

Robbie's dealing with an EOL UPS battery as he cables up the new studio, Peter's UPS is made of wood, bp9 is fighting The Phantom of The Opera earworms, MP3 bitrates vs lossless audio files, listening to MP3 in the car and Solbu has determined that the Evolution project is indeed still being maintained. Robbie Ferguson is joined today by bp9, Solbu, Peter Lewis, MarshMan and Ron Morrissette, with a brief visit by MiniMarsh and Erik.

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  • S01E31
  • April 20, 2020

Coffee Break - April 20, 2020

Nobody can quite make sense of shipping times these days, closing your source code isn't security, open source could lead to others helping you fix your code, and Peter is working on coding his own game using Lazarus in Linux. Robbie got a live broadcast out on Sunday (for Jenn Wagar's church) and is getting back into the weekly routine of Category5 Technology TV and shares his concern over the future of the Community Coffee Break. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Peter Lewis, Solbu, Lanceman 63, bp9 and MarshMan.

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  • S01E30
  • April 19, 2020

Coffee Break - April 19, 2020

Robbie's got the new LED lighting units and is working hard to have the studio ready, the cats are taking over, bp9 has already got the clock face for PineTime working, Peter has ordered a watch that uses the beep tones of the atomic clock to set the time automatically, the weather will soon change to warmer temperatures. Robbie Ferguson is joined today by MarshMan, Lanceman 63, Solbu, Peter Lewis, bp9, GWG and Eric.

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  • S01E29
  • April 18, 2020

Coffee Break - April 18, 2020

Phantom of The Opera is broadcasting the full stage musical this weekend, Peter's got a problem accessing an old samba server, Robbie's got a busy weekend in preparation for the return of Category5, bp9 reveals a flaw in Robbie's plan to determine the pixel size of the PinePhone but Robbie has a wacky idea, a cost-saving idea for mounting the new studio lighting, bp9 recommends a PC PSU for the SBC server, and Robbie is e-wasting an old server. Joining Robbie Ferguson today are Solbu, Ron and Eleanor Morrissette, bp9, Peter Lewis, along with MarshMan, MiniMarsh and MarshmanGF.

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  • S01E28
  • April 17, 2020

Coffee Break - April 17, 2020

Bo has discovered a flaw in Robbie's 1U SBC server arrangement, and Sasha has quit her job to move far, far away. But there's hope as she plans to put together a socially distant studio space. Joining Robbie Ferguson for Coffee Break today are Sasha Rickman, Ron Morrissette, bp9, Peter Lewis, MarshMan, Bo Lechnowsky and Solbu.

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  • 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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  • S01E17
  • April 6, 2020

Coffee Break - April 6, 2020

Robbie hopes to bring back his home-brew 360 VR camera and bp9 has a working Kaypro 2X, complete with a floppy disk emulator that uses an SD card filled with floppy images! This starts us on a discussion about speech-to-text, and how far it has come from those early days, to Robbie's 'Dr. Sbaitso', to Peter's computer-generated speech synthesizer and even the Amazon Echo 'Alexa' character. Robbie Ferguson is joined today by Solbu, Doug Townsend, Ron Morrissette, bp9 and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E16
  • April 5, 2020

Coffee Break - April 5, 2020

During today's Coffee Break, one of the key benefits of open source comes to light as Peter needs help with his application. Solbu also shares some early history of Linux and why Linus Torvalds started the project we all love. We're also excited that the PineTime ships soon, and we'll start tinkering with PINE64's $25 smartwatch. Robbie Ferguson is joined by Solbu, bp9, MarshMan, GWG, Peter Lewis, Robert Koenig and Doug Townsend.

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  • S01E15
  • April 4, 2020

Coffee Break - April 4, 2020

Just a relaxing Saturday Coffee Break. Robbie has an original Phantom of The Opera mug from Pantages Theatre and is upgrading to Debian Bullseye, MarshMan is getting some work done around the house, and Solbu has some good advice for us all as we face yet more time in self-isolation. Robbie Ferguson is joined by MarshMan, Solbu and Peter Lewis.

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  • S01E14
  • April 3, 2020

Coffee Break - April 3, 2020

Someone accidentally "broke in" to the new studio, Robbie and Peter play 'mute button ping-pong', Robbie likes to code in PHP, bp9 is learning what it's going to take to code the PineTime, and we learn when PINE64 will be shipping PineTime orders. Robbie Ferguson is joined today by bp9, Solbu, Peter Lewis, Ron Morrissette and Bo Lechnowsky.

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  • S01E13
  • April 2, 2020

Coffee Break - April 2, 2020

Robbie ordered a PineTime, and Bo is going to find out when we can expect it to arrive. bp9 is actually still leaning toward a vector display for his, but will likely try both just for the experience. We'll also see Peter's voltmeter, and Bo has one that registers no power even when powered. For today's Coffee Break, Robbie Ferguson was joined by Peter Lewis, Solbu, MarshMan, Ron Morrissette, Bo Lechnowsky, and bp9.

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  • S01E12
  • April 1, 2020

Coffee Break - April 1, 2020

April fools is canceled, but our Community Coffee Break happens every day! Today, Robbie is joined by Solbu, bp9, Ron Morrissette, Peter Lewis and Bo Lechnowsky. We'll learn more about how Peter's neighbour is tapping into Bluebox WiMAX service to improve Internet performance, and get an update from bp9 about his pursuit of the PineTime smartwatch, and why he is starting to believe the PNG nature of the artwork might actually be a good thing.

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  • S01E11
  • March 31, 2020

Coffee Break - March 31, 2020

Ham radio, peanuts and Phantom of The Opera: Robbie takes a coffee break with bp9, agamotto, Peter Lewis, Solbu and stormchaser3000.

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  • S01E10
  • March 30, 2020

Coffee Break - March 30, 2020

Some interesting tools for testing or drawing circuits, HAM radio, and using a walkie talkie through the Internet. Join Robbie, bp9, Peter Lewis, Ron Morrissette and Doug Townsend.

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  • S01E09
  • March 29, 2020

Coffee Break - March 29, 2020

Join Robbie, Solbu, Doug Townsend, MarshMan, bp9 and GWG for today's Coffee Break. We'll chat about how the move to Studio E went, and look at retro gaming handhelds ... and a "handheld" arcade cabinet.

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  • S01E08
  • March 28, 2020

Coffee Break - March 28, 2020

It's move day! Robbie, Jeff, Bekah and Anthony are all at Studio E and the truck is about half-way unloaded. Community members MarshMan, Peter Lewis and Solbu are there to chat, and Solbu will show us some nostalgic retro items he's uncovered.

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  • S01E07
  • March 27, 2020

Coffee Break - March 27, 2020

A closer look at the TRS-80 Model 100, Bo's homemade tablet powered by a ODROID-C0, and we'll talk about some geeky uses for the PinePhone, and possibly the PineTime as well as a browser plugin that protects your privacy from Facebook. For today's Coffee Break, Robbie was joined by community members MarshMan, bp9, Solbu, Bo Lechnowsky, Peter Lewis, stormchaser3000 and agamotto.

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  • S01E06
  • March 26, 2020

Coffee Break - March 26, 2020

Let's compare hats, wonder about missing INSERT keys, and look at a TRS-80! While Robbie attended to the Internet installation at our new studio, MarshMan ran the Coffee Break for us. Join him along with community members Solbu, Ron Morrissette, bp9, Bo Lechnowsky, Peter Lewis and YES, even Category5 TV host Robbie Ferguson showed up briefly - from Studio E!

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  • S01E05
  • March 25, 2020

Coffee Break - March 25, 2020

In our most "techie" Coffee Break yet, Robbie Ferguson is joined by Peter Lewis, Solbu, Ron Morrissette, bp9, Bo Lechnowsky, MarshMan. We'll speak with Bo about how things are going at ameriDroid, and we'll get a sneak peak at the PinePhone.

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  • S01E04
  • March 24, 2020

Coffee Break - March 24, 2020

Let's talk about anything else! Robbie's got singing lessons for his daughter, bp9 has ramakin rubber rudders, and Ron has a secret fort. For today's Coffee Break, Robbie Ferguson is joined by his son Zech, and community members Solbu, MarshMan, bp9, Ron Morrissette, stormchaser3000, Henry Baillie-Brown and Adler the puppy.

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  • S01E03
  • March 23, 2020

Community Coffee Break - March 23, 2020

Today, joining us for our Coffee Break are Robbie Ferguson, Sasha Rickman, Henry Baillie-Brown, MarshMan, Ron Morrissette, nicd, Solbu and Doug Townsend. We're all affected by COVID-19 in one way or another, and sad news as Sasha reveals that her plans to move to Eastern Canada to care for her father in-law are being expedited to ASAP. Pour a cuppa and let's chat.

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  • S01E02
  • March 22, 2020

Coffee Break - March 22, 2020

Take a break with Robbie, bp9, solbu, GWG, MarshMan and Robert Koenig.

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  • S01E01
  • March 21, 2020

Coffee Break - March 21, 2020

Our world feels like it's been to hell and back in the past 7 days. So let's sit down together, have a cuppa, and chat about the weather. Oh, and we'll show you what Studio D really looks like. Unlike the TARDIS, it's bigger on the outside.

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