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Weekly live digital TV show with Robbie Ferguson focused on topics of interest to tech minds. Ask your questions and get live answers. Recipient of 2014 and 2017 Top 100 Tech Podcasters award.

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Pinebook $99 Laptop: But Wait, There's More

  • Episode 612
  • June 12, 2019
  • 491

We unboxed the 1080p Pinebook on Episode 611. Now, after 1 week of usage, let's talk about our first impressions with the $99 Linux laptop from PINE64. We'll look at the good and bad, and provide context and possible use cases for this innovative SBC-powered notebook.

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Sasha Can't Stop Laughing at Teleprompter Issues (Episode 587)

  • Episode 587
  • December 19, 2018
  • 827

Our teleprompter was playing up on us during Episode 587. Here is what ensued.

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Sasha is away in Whistler, BC

  • Episode 599
  • March 13, 2019
  • 310

Sasha is off this week, but checked in from the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.

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Patron Hangout #1 - January 1, 2018

  • Episode 536
  • January 1, 2018
  • 571

Thanks to Bill, Shizu, Jeff, Sasha & Dave for joining me for our [small but mighty] first-ever Patron Exclusive Google Hangout! This will be a monthly event for Patrons who have opted for this reward. Looking forward to seeing it grow! And check out Bill's Raspberry Pi 3 cluster! WOOO!

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  • 14

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A weekly tech-centric news broadcast with a Linux bias (Part of Category5 Technology TV).

Top Stories for the Week of May 8, 2019

  • Episode 607
  • May 8, 2019
  • 239

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - The UK "taxman" has fallen foul of the GDPR, agreeing to wipe 5 million voice recordings used to make biometric IDs. - Did your Firefox browser break over the weekened? You're not alone. In fact, virtually everyone who uses Mozilla's popular browser encountered this issue, and we'll tell you why. - On Tuesday, Google began rolling out a new feature that allows you to configure how long it can save data from all of the Google services you use, like maps, search, and everything you do online. - Researchers have taken steps towards an iconic Star Trek medical device.

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Restoring the GIMP Interface After Closing Windows

  • Episode 606
  • May 1, 2019
  • 348

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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Robbie Ferguson

Robbie founded The Category5 TV Network back in 2007. Originally it was just this one show: Category5 Technology TV, and it was built to provide free tech support to an audience over the Internet.

Well, things have grown since then, and Robbie not only hosts the tech show here, but also runs the technical aspects of the network—from video distribution to ensuring our web site is online and current.

Professionally, Robbie is a programmer focussed almost entirely on web-based solutions. He got his first computer (a Vic 20) when he was 4 years old, and has been a tinkerer (and breaker, and fixer) ever since.

His passion for tech comes together each week with his fun-loving care for people as he brings you another episode of his award-winning broadcast, Category5 Technology TV.

Robbie is married to author Bekah Ferguson, and together they have 3 wonderful children, a dog and a cat.

Sasha Dirmeitis

Sasha has been a part of the Cat5 team since season 5. Almost every single piece of tech knowledge she possesses is 100% thanks to being a part of the show.

Being a weekly addition to the team isn't all she does! Sasha also works full time at a very busy chiropractic clinic in Barrie... which is great, as her adjustments keep her healthy enough to enjoy her many pastimes: Walking, hiking, biking, rollerblading, badminton, and camping are a short list of the fun outdoor things Sasha loves most.

Want to know about her other passions? Playing PS4 games (Dark Souls especially) and watching Netflix documentaries with her soon-to-be husband, Dave.

There is nothing Sasha loves more than living life to the fullest every day, and that includes being a part of the Cat5 team!

Jeff Weston

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Kelsey Jensen

Kelsey was born on November 9th, 1996 in Langley, British Columbia and moved to Ontario when she was five with her family. She graduated from high school in 2014 then took an extra year because she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. After finally choosing social work, she then left to pursue that career at the University of Windsor where she is in her second year and enjoying every minute of it. She loves reading, watching Netflix, sleeping, eating, and hanging out with her friends. She also enjoys sitting on shelves and making weird faces on air.

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