Freeplay Human Powered Devices

  • Episode 227
  • January 24, 2012

Robbie and Eric take a look at a handful of the awesome flashlights in the Freeplay product catalogue. Never change a light bulb or battery again!

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This episode is sponsored in part by: Liquid Image, Garden Gate Farms, Planet Calypso & Pogoplug.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd present live from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Eric had to see a doctor about his Twitter addiction.
  • Robbie and Eric tweet live on the air. Eric is one of the few people still using a BlackBerry.
  • Robbie (offended at Eric's disbelief in androids) provides live proof that androids exist (hence the PG rating of this episode).
  • Eric and Rachel are upset that Christa gets doughnuts and pizza.
  • Viewer Testimonials
  • Canada has bigger coffee now.
  • Viewer Postcard from Davetech.
  • Viewer Comment: I've submitted Category5 TV to TheTVDB. Check out the profile at
  • Viewer Comment: I use GoodSync software. Check out
  • Viewer Question: I have the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema and while Cheese sees it in Linux, it doesn't seem to work in Stopmotion. Any suggestions?
  • Determining your webcam's device location using Cheese.
  • Viewer Comment: I found a great way to make Gnome 3 look more like Gnome 2! Check out GNOME Shell Flippery at
  • Viewer Question: In laymans terms, what's the easiest way to record both microphone and line input simultaneously on a computer?
  • Viewer Comment: Jot shares his thoughts about last week's episode and requests help moving things around.
  • Viewer Poll: Jot or Yot? 55.56% voted for "Jot" in the pronunciation poll.
  • Top stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • Instagram replaces the need for old-school cameras by allowing you to post pictures that look like they're taken with an old Lomo camera.
  • Category5 TV tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and outline our initiatives on the Green Initiatives page.
  • {play 44:10}Feature: The Freeplay line of human and solar-powered flashlights, radios, lanterns and mobile power.
  • Where a Freeplay flashlight simply makes sense.
  • The Freeplay Companion has an alternator and solar panel to charge the battery for radio or flashlight use, and even includes the ability to charge your cellphone via the alternator.
  • Christy Burton joins the chat room.
  • Viewer Question: Is there a firewall activated by default in Ubuntu Server?
  • Viewer Question: Could you show us how to install a mail server on our local system so we can run PHP's mail() function from our local machine?
  • Installing and setting up the most basic Apache (with PHP5) and postfix setup to allow local system mail to go out over the Internet.
  • Christa gets cold pizza and room-temperature doughnuts.
  • Eric got a 100% raise on his $0 salary, which strangely impresses him.


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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Eric Kidd


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