Twenty Years of a Free World Wide Web

  • S06E32
  • April 30, 2013

Robbie and Christa reminisce about the early days of the Internet in celebration of 20 years of the World Wide Web being made royalty-free. A Viewer Question Extravaganza follows as they work through a full mailbag.

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Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Category5 Technology Radio is now available during the live show, for those who wish to be able to listen to the show live (without the video portion).
  • {play 5:15}New Feature: Start any episode of Category5 at any point in the video when sharing a link, as per Robbie's blog entry.
  • {play 8:30}Featured Discussion: Thinking back on the early days of the Internet.
    • The pre-internet way to send email: a Bulleting Board System (BBS), FidoNet.
    • How a BBS sent email across the country.
    • The early speeds (Robbie started at 1200 baud / 2.4 Kb/sec).
    • DESQview allowed BBS operators to multitask their systems.
    • RoboBOARD/FX was the first BBS software to provide a GUI (non-ascii). Since it was released just a year before the Internet became free, its hype died off very quickly.
    • Christa's first Internet experience.
  • {play 19:19}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • {play 25:12}Viewer Questions.
  • Viewer Question: Can you suggest a live CD or other software that would help to test a system's specs and run benchmarks?
  • {play 31:21}Viewer Question: I've been using Fogger in Ubuntu, but haven't been able to get the Flash plugin to work on it. I found a tutorial which shows how to get it working, but the .tar.gz file isn't found. How can I get this working?
    • Understanding what is happening and how to modify the commands.
    • Obtaining the file directly from the Adobe site.
  • Viewer Question: If I feel that I have received an email which is a phishing scam, is there any way to tell from the headers whether the email is legitimate?
    • Reviewing a very real looking phishing email which looks like it is from PayPal.
    • Looking at the links to determine that the email is not legitimate.
    • Looking at the sender information in the email headers to confirm that the email is not legitimate.
    • Viewer Comment: When you receive an email that requires you to login, don't click the links. Instead, go directly to the service (eg., PayPal) and login normally.
  • Viewer Question: I love how you brought back the fire effect from the old Beryl project. I installed Point Linux, but can't seem to get the burn effect working. How did you do that?
  • Viewer Question: How do I connect my Android tablet to my laptop using an HDMI cable? When I plug it in to the TV, it works, but when I plug it into the laptop, it doesn't. What do I need to do?
  • Viewer Question: We're starting our own broadcast using Wirecast. Having seen your video from last April, we're curious: could you let us know what kind of camera you're using for the Backstage Pass camera?
    • Robbie recommends instead using something like a Microsoft Lifecam Studio, which will provide substantially better video quality for substantially less money.
  • {play 49:29}Viewer Question: I'm setting up an unRAID server using three 250GB hard drives. If I want to increase the capacity, what's the best way to do that?
    • unRAID:
    • Understanding the capacity relationship between drives in unRAID.
    • Replacing a drive in unRAID in order to expand the capacity of your array.
  • Viewer Question: Some friends were using my Internet connection and someone downloaded a movie. Now, I'm being fined €800. Is there any way I can figure out who did the downloading?
  • ESET Smart Security 6 ... buy a sizeable license for your business and Robbie will send you a really cool pen.

Links to Relevant Web Sites:

  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells

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