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New Raspberry Pi in a Keyboard Running Ubuntu, and AI to Figure Out Song Titles

  • Episode 668
  • November 18, 2020
  • 2,205

As an old school Vic 20 fanboi, Robbie's given to liking the new Raspberry Pi 400. After all, it's a full computer inside a keyboard, just like the old days of Commodore and Amiga. But this time, it's got 4 GB RAM and a 1.8 GHz clock speed. Let's get a look at the device, and stick the new Ubuntu 20.10 on there to see how it plays video. We'll also look at a new Google Assistant feature that makes it easy to search for a song, with no app to install. Bekah's here with the news, and Robert's watching Bitcoin as it travels to the moon.

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The IFTTT Connection to Silence of The Lambs

  • Episode 622
  • August 21, 2019
  • 1,078

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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We told Jeff to look at the camera more

  • Episode 665
  • October 21, 2020
  • 170

We told Jeff to look at the camera while Robbie speaks. Unfortunately for him, Robbie talks a lot. Let's see how Jeff made out.

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Patron Hangout #1 - January 1, 2018

  • Episode 536
  • January 1, 2018
  • 1,010

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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GIMP 3.0, Liquid Air Energy, Hyperloop Passengers, MS Teams Users Under Attack, Decentralized WWW

  • Episode 667
  • November 11, 2020
  • 1,823

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A major release of the GIMP is on its way, and you can preview it now. - Work is beginning on what is thought to be the world's first major plant to store energy in the form of liquid air. - Hyperloop has carried its first set of passengers. - Microsoft Teams users are under active attack. - Tim Berners-Lee hopes to improve the privacy of the Internet with his new company.

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Raspberry Pi 400 with Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop Official!

  • Episode 668
  • November 18, 2020
  • 1,745

Raspberry Pi have released the Pi 400: a Pi keyboard that features a Raspberry Pi 4 built-in, with 4 GB RAM. We'll tear into the box, take a look at the out of box experience, and then boot up Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop, downloaded from Canonical's official site. Beyond the obvious functionality (such as Office suite), it plays YouTube well, supports Plex playback (even h265) after installing VLC, and can support DRM sites such as Netflix with support from the community. Is it a gimmic? Or is this the ideal kit for a maker who loves that old Commodore style "keyboard computer"?

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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 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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