The World's Smallest Computer

  • Episode 283
  • February 19, 2013
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A hands-on test of the Rikomagic MK802 IIIS Mini PC and demonstration of how to set it up.

This episode is sponsored in part by: netTALK DUO, Netflix, Eco Alkalines and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario. Rachel Xu shows up with Timbits.
  • When Eric was Robbie's age, he had to shovel even more!
  • LinuxTechShow.com offers clips of Category5 Technology TV.
  • Send in your postcards.
  • {play 8:48}Checking in with Major Tom (AKA Spacefish).
  • {play 9:36}Win a netTALK DUO WiFi on next week's episode.
  • {play 13:02}Phishing Scam emails can look very real, and are very good at tricking a user into clicking the links.
    • Robbie received an email on his iPod Touch which appeared to be from PayPal, but was in fact a very clever phishing scam.
    • Why the links in an email, even if they look proper (eg., https://paypal.com/) could be entirely fake, and used to trick you into providing your private information, give a hacker access to your computer, steal your money, or even your identity.
    • Robbie received an email on his computer which appeared to be from FedEx, but was a phishing scam.
    • Rachel Xu stops in to deliver some Timbits.
    • A friend of Eric's has experienced a telephone phishing scam.
    • Both a customer and Robbie himself have received similar telephone phishing calls.
    • How scammers are able to trick people over the phone to provide access to their computer.
    • Viewer Comment: I use PhishTank.com to report all phishing links.
  • {play 26:18}Recovering unreadable video from a video camera which uses mini DVD's (such as a Sony Handycam®) which have not been properly finalized or closed.
    • Installing the testdisk package in Linux.
    • Running photorec.
    • What photorec does to recover the video.
    • Other uses for photorec.
  • {play 32:40}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
  • {play 39:10}Feature: The World's Smallest Computer - cat5.tv/minipc
    • Robbie and Eric take a look at the Rikomagic MK802 IIIS.
    • The Rikomagic Mini PC plugs directly into your TV's HDMI input.
    • A close look at the MK802 IIIS.
    • Connecting your Rikomagic MK802 IIIS Mini PC to your HDTV via HDMI and powering it by the USB Service port.
    • The price of the Rikomagic MK802 IIIS is around $60-70. It has 1080p HD video, WiFi, Bluetooth, and runs Android (so you can install any Android apps).
    • Controlling the Rikomagic MK802 IIIS Mini PC with the various controller options: The Rikomagic Air Mouse, a standard PC wireless or corded USB mouse and keyboard, or even a Bluetooth wireless micro keyboard such as the Rii Mini.
    • Powering the Mini PC the ideal way, and expanding it to have 5 USB ports with the Newer Technology 7-Port 2.1A dedicated USB 2.0 Hub.
    • Booting up your Mini PC while powered by the Newer Technology hub.
    • The air mouse we received unfortunately did not work, but we tested successfully with other devices, such as a wireless keyboard and mouse, and a Bluetooth keyboard with built-in touchpad.
    • Activating your Google account to gain access to the Google Play Store.
    • Installing Netflix on your Mini PC.
    • Feeling adventurous and want to turn your Mini PC into a full-fledged desktop computer? Ubuntu 12.04 has been ported to the Rikomagic MK802 IIIS Mini PC. An actual distro based on Ubuntu is available, and is called PicUntu. Also, this forum thread discusses a different build which offers a version of Ubuntu built specifically for the Mini PC.
    • Installing a Beach live wallpaper on the Mini PC to replace the static beach scene with a moving one.
    • Eric's Question: Can you plugin an external hard drive?
    • What you need: The MK802 IIIS Mini PC and a Newer Technology USB Hub.

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

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