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Going Retro on Your Smartphone

  • Episode 251
  • July 10, 2012

Robbie and Eric demonstrate the iRetroPhone attachment for iPhone/Android/BlackBerry devices to give your smartphone a real retro feel.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Eco Alkalines, Garden Gate Farms and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Happy Birthday to Christa Wells.
  • {play 5:20}Viewer Postcards from Invinciblemutant, John Zimmerman and Hillary Rumball.
  • {play 11:54}Viewer Questions.
  • Viewer Question: I've been trying to mount my Drobo FS via my home network on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. How can I do this?
  • Viewer Question: I have a Lubuntu system with 1 GB RAM which becomes very sluggish when I run a program that uses about 500 MB. I can't find what is using the remaining RAM but it looks like all my RAM is used up. What is using that RAM?
  • Reminiscing about the good ol' days when flash drives cost $1 per MB and a 1 GB hard drive was something exceptional.
  • Viewer Question: I'm setting up vsftpd on an Ubuntu desktop. I can connect to it using the Ubuntu system user, but am having trouble setting up virtual users. Can you help?
  • A good article on vsftpd:
  • Viewer Question: I'm attempting to connect my Linux Mint computer to my TV via HDMI. Everything works except audio. Sound is only coming through the laptop speakers. Any ideas?
  • Setting your sound preferences to send audio over HDMI in Linux, and using alsamixer in terminal to unmute the HDMI (S/PDIF) output and adjust the volume.
  • Viewer Comment: The HDMI audio problem could also be the cable.
  • Viewer Question: I just got a new laptop and want to dual boot Linux and Windows. Is there a particular version of Linux that is better for laptops?
  • Viewer Question: I have a Cisco VPN router and want to connect from Linux. How can I setup the VPN connection?
  • Installing the necessary network-manager modules to allow use of a Cisco VPN.
  • Viewer Question: I love Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Are the repositories for it still available?
  • {play 43:52}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • Send in your postcards to Category5 Technology TV, PO Box 29009, Barrie, Ontario, Canada, L4N 7W7.
  • {play 48:51}Feature: The iRetroPhone handset for your smartphone, and utilizing it with the MagicJack app for free long distance calling in Canada and the US over wifi.
  • iRetroPhone works with practically any device with a 3.5mm jack (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, BlackBerry, Android Phone, Tablet, etc.)
  • The iRetroPhone works great as a smartphone handset for regular dialing, but also takes the MagicJack app to the next level by giving you a retro style phone handset for tablets or iPod Touch that can dial anywhere in the Canada or US over your WiFi connection.
  • Eric tests the iRetroPhone on his BlackBerry device.
  • The upcoming studio move.

Links to Relevant Web Sites:

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


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