Data Security

  • S04E01
  • September 28, 2010

Data security and keeping your private information safe when disposing of or selling your computer. Increasing the size of a VirtualBox harddrive. nVIDIA GeForce vs. Quadro. Shares in Research in Motion dropped today following yesterday's announcement of their iPad alternative, the PlayBook. Browser Sync Service Xmarks to Shut Down. Dr. Mark Wright is using his position as city councilor to fight the good fight on behalf for Open Source software in Bristol City, UK. Twitter's latest exploit redirected users to offensive web sites. Gallium has introduced its DirectX 10/11 implementation for Linux.

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While Robbie fights a cold that almost kept the episode from going live, Eric keeps things moving with questions from the chat room and email. had some weird failures tonight, which resulted in some funny vocal sounds during the news and meant a few minutes of problems off the top of the show. Robbie is now using the laptop when demoing on-screen displays, so Eric is with a new system tonight, which provides the camera with a wider view area as the laptop no longer blocks part of the view. In addition to the viewer questions that came in, we discussed some facts about the safety of your data when disposing of or selling your old computer. This episode is a must-watch if you have ever worried about whether your files are actually gone when you delete them.
This episode is sponsored in part by: Planet Calypso.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie unveils his Starfleet uniform from the Category5 Costume Store.
  • Happy 23rd anniversary to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Using the Category5.TV WMS feed.
  • Greetings to new viewers.
  • Viewer Question: Does the Category5 Costume Store ship to the USA?
  • What is the importance of WiFi technology in a TV?
  • Viewer Comment: One of you should wear a Beldar Conehead costume for Halloween.
  • Viewer Question: I installed Ubuntu on my laptop and can't get updates through my office network due to a blocked IP address. Is there a way to get my updates without having to take the computer home with me?
  • A random discussion about pronunciation.
  • Viewer Question: Is it possible to increase the size of a VirtualBox virtual hard drive without having to reinstall all my software for the VM?
  • Viewer Question: What's the difference between the nVIDIA GeForce cards and the nVIDIA Quadro cards?
  • Viewer Comment: You could use the clonehd command with VirtualBox to clone a hard drive.
  • Linux is case-sensitive.
  • Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • New feature: Recent Tweets!
  • Viewer Comment: When you posted a link to the forum thread about my problem in shutting down or rebooting Ubuntu, I was a little dissapointed. But after reviewing the thread again, I was able to easily fix the problem: the issue was's "Load at startup". I disabled that, and now everything works perfectly.
  • Feature: Robbie's weekend experience leads to a revelation about Data Security.
  • Deleting your files does not actually delete your files.
  • Using a bulk eraser on a hard drive: is it safe for data destruction?

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