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Debian 11 on Pinebook Pro, and The Orville Die-Cast Model

  • Episode 663
  • September 16, 2020
  • 622

As "lucky" Season 13 comes to a close, Robbie takes us through installing Debian 11 (Bullseye) on a Pinebook Pro. We've also got our hands on a die-cast 10-inch model of The Orville ship, which is available now at comic book stores and online. Robbie will get into the box and take a look at this stunning set piece. Robert has cryptocurrency news and explains impermanent loss, and Bekah's here with the news stories we're following.

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The IFTTT Connection to Silence of The Lambs

  • Episode 622
  • August 21, 2019
  • 1,011

What happens when the news anchor asks how to pronounce IFTTT (If This Then That)? A Silence of the Lambs reference, but of course.

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Sasha is away in Whistler, BC

  • Episode 599
  • March 13, 2019
  • 920

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
  • 971

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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WordPress Vulnerability, Nuclear Battery, Starlink, Windows Breaks Sleep Mode, Minecraft VR on PS4

  • Episode 662
  • September 9, 2020
  • 2,858

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A frightening takeover vulnerability in the popular File Manager plugin for WordPress is being exploited in the wild, giving attackers the ability to drop and execute code on around 700,000 WordPress sites. - A US startup unveils battery made from nuclear waste that could last up to 28,000 years. - The latest Windows 10 cumulative update breaks ‘Sleep mode’. We'll share the fix. - On Thursday, 60 more SpaceX satellites were launched to join the rest of the Starlink fleet. - Minecraft is making the jump to PlayStation VR.

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

  • Episode 663
  • September 16, 2020
  • 243

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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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!

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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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