• S10E54
  • September 27, 2017

If Category5 Was a Game Show

Join contestants Carrie Webb, Sasha Rickman, Jeff Weston and Hillary Rumball as they compete under the watchful eye of our host, Robbie Ferguson. It's our 10th Anniversary, and through our four-round game we'll get a look back at Category5 in a way we've never done before.

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  • S10E53
  • September 20, 2017

Beginning The Build with Sasha Rickman

It's time to gather the computer components and get Sasha Rickman started on building her new gaming PC! This week Robbie will play the backseat driver and try to help along the way.

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  • S10E52
  • September 13, 2017

Just The Bald Nerd

With Sasha and Jeff off this week, it's like the olden days of Category5 as Robbie presents an incredible storage card from Kingston and covers the tech news stories of the week.

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  • S10E51
  • September 6, 2017

Just The Boyz

With Sasha off getting married, Robbie and Jeff start unpacking her new computer parts! We'll also have some discussions about security against social engineering and Jeff asks the viewers for help finding a particular solution to protect his kids.

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  • S10E50
  • August 30, 2017

Magical Tidy Time

Shizu Yamaguchi joins Robbie and Sasha to talk about the concepts behind the KonMari method of tidying your living space or office space - or in our case, studio. We'll also learn how to use unicode characters in Windows and Linux, and see what hardware has arrived so far for Sasha's computer build.

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  • S10E49
  • August 23, 2017

Rockin' On Stools, Making The List and Having Fun

This week Robbie, Jeff and Sasha -- along with the help of our viewers -- finalized the shopping list for Sasha's computer build. We also discuss what we're enjoying on Netflix right now, the amazing stools we're sitting on, and the demise of PasswordBox.

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  • S10E48
  • August 16, 2017

Picking The Parts and Free E-Books

For a few days this weekend, Amazon is giving away some books on its Kindle platform. Robbie shares the details, and we get started on selecting the hardware for Sasha's computer build.

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  • S10E47
  • August 9, 2017

Miracast and a Community Computer Build

This week we look at a device that lets you clone your phone, tablet, laptop or computer to your TV wirelessly. You also have a chance to help Sasha build a dream computer.

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  • S10E46
  • August 2, 2017

The Tiny, Easy-To-Use Video Player

We've all dreamed of a video player that's so simple your kids could hook it up and use it. This week we'll show you one that plugs into any TV and lets you play videos, slideshows and even music directly from a USB drive or SD card.

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  • S10E45
  • July 26, 2017

Things You Should Know From The World of Tech

When Robbie's away, the co-hosts come out to play. There is a lot of tech news submitted to the newsroom for each show and some stories don't make the cut. This week Jeff and Sasha discuss those extra stories so you know exactly what is happening in the world of tech. Whether it's the death of Adobe Flash, Europe banning diesel and gas vehicle sales or companies microchipping their employees, we cover it all this week.

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  • S10E44
  • July 19, 2017

Taking A First Stab At Kodi

Things don't always go to plan on a live broadcast, and this week is one of those times. Kodi is an awesome application for multimedia, but during our live broadcast our demo system had some trouble doing what Robbie intended. We learned one thing: Linux is awesome, and the ability to reach out to the community for support makes even those trying times okay, because you have a powerful support system ready to help you when things don't quite work as they should.

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  • S10E43
  • July 12, 2017

Hexachords Orb Composer - The AI Musician

Hexachords has developed an AI to compose music, and their CEO Richard Portelli joins us to discuss how their Orb Composer is about to take the industry by storm. We also cover the latest tech news and answer viewer questions about Netflix on Debian and why Linux should look like Windows.

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  • S10E42
  • July 5, 2017

Virtual Reality And Reality

Henry takes us on a tour of the VRTO 2017 conference where companies showcase current and upcoming VR tech. Robbie got to fly a drone using a VR headset for the first time, and Sasha has the news and a viewer question about MP3 compression.

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  • S10E41
  • June 28, 2017

Linux Desktop Environments on Debian Stretch

As we continue to experiment with the newly stable Debian Stretch, we'll compare the out-of-box new user experience of Cinnamon, LXDE, Gnome and KDE.

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  • S10E40
  • June 21, 2017

Debian Stretch Release Celebration

Debian Stretch is the latest stable version of the famous Linux distribution and to celebrate, we'd like to introduce you to Linux, Debian and a suite of included free software.

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  • S10E39
  • June 14, 2017

Unveiling Kingston's 2TB USB Flash Drive

This week we had the privilege of unveiling Kingston's new DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2TB USB flash drive. Yes, you read that right: 2TB in your pocket. This massive evolution in flash media capacity forces us to reminisce about our first flash drives and how far they've come.

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  • S10E38
  • June 7, 2017

Viewer Questions and a Power Meter

This week we check out a handy device that shows you exactly how much your appliances are costing you on your electrical bill, and tackle some amazing viewer questions about reading for the blind, creating a proxy in Linux and resizing images for WordPress.

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  • S10E37
  • May 31, 2017

Encrypted Drives Without a Password on Linux

Sasha, Robbie and Jeff pick up where they left off last week as Jeff recovers from his luksDump breakdown. Learn to setup your encrypted drive on Linux in such a way that you don't need a password to mount it on your trusted machine(s).

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  • S10E36
  • May 24, 2017

Linux Commands That Make Jeff Laugh Uncontrollably

As Robbie sets out to teach us how to encrypt a storage device in the Linux terminal, Jeff loses all control and can't stop laughing at the command line. We talk about robots, DIY arcade games and what's changed with WannaCry over the past week.

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  • S10E35
  • May 17, 2017

WannaCry - The Latest On This Nasty Ransomware

WannaCry (or, WannaCrypt or WannaCryptor) is a nasty new malware that is hitting businesses around the world hard. This week, we bring in some cyber security industry heavyweights to get to the bottom of what you need to know about this vicious worm.

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  • S10E34
  • May 10, 2017

Understand Your Users' Experience

Ever wonder what accessing your web site is like for your users? This week we look at a tool that lets you do just that by recording their session while accessing your web site. It's like a focus group gone mad!

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  • S10E33
  • May 3, 2017

Making Sick Beaties

Henry's taking us on a ride to music creation this week as we learn to use a free cloud-based music production system that lets you craft your own beats visually for free.

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  • S10E32
  • April 26, 2017

Eliminating The Need For Photoshop

Let's review some of the great feedback we've received from our community, and see how GIMP 2.9.5 can be installed on Ubuntu Linux to fix the one thing that kept Robbie from dropping Adobe Photoshop: blurry scaling.

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  • S10E31
  • April 19, 2017

500 Episodes of Category5 Technology TV

We've had a lot of fun over the past 500 weeks! We've welcomed great guests on the show and shared some exciting technologies! This week we'll take a look back at a few standouts, including the first appearance of Jeff, Sasha and Henry, as we celebrate 500 Episodes of Category5 Technology TV.

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  • S10E30
  • April 12, 2017

When Sasha's Away The Makers Will Play

Sasha booked the week off this week, so Henry and Robbie took to getting started on our Maker Series. This week we'll dive into what gear you'll need in your kit to get started, and how you can use a multimeter to understand the electrical resistance of conductive material (which helps us understand what resistors actually do).

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  • S10E29
  • April 5, 2017

Robbie Takes A Break

This week, the co-hosts become the hosts as for the first time in 498 weeks Robbie Ferguson does not host or op the live show. Check out an exceptional electronic maker starter kit with Henry, learn all about the hosts' real life phobias and favorites, and jump into the news with Sasha.

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  • S10E28
  • March 29, 2017

Expanding Your RetroPie ROM Storage

Having built a RetroPie gaming system on Episode 442, it's time to expand its storage adding 128 GB more space for your retro gaming ROMs! Rather than simply replacing the existing storage, we'll instead add additional storage and make the two cards work together.

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  • S10E27
  • March 22, 2017

Passing The Human Check

In what we can only describe as "the worst episode ever," Robbie proves he's human and experiences the same technical problems as everyone else. We'd planned to show you how to expand a RetroPie, but instead waited and waited and fought against a SD card that turned out to be a bad card! Still, we had some good troubleshooting, so if you can see past the technical problems, great! If not, tune in again next time when we retry the same feature... with a Kingston SD card.

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  • S10E26
  • March 15, 2017

March Break Family Special

Gather the family! On our first-ever March Break Family Special, seventeen people attended Studio D to participate in a popcorn-style show with features ranging from stop-motion video to retro gaming, a trip to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, and comparing Minetest to Minecraft. It's an eclectic show put on by the kids who attended.

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  • S10E25
  • March 8, 2017

The Battle Of The Bluetooth Communicators

Nelson Hudes joins us via Skype Video and a call on the phone to demonstrate the call quality of both the Star Trek TNG and TOS Bluetooth communicators.

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  • S10E24
  • March 1, 2017

How LIDAR Technology Helped Discover The Lost City of the Monkey God

New York Times best-selling author Douglas Preston joins us this week to discuss how he and his archaeological team used LIDAR technology to discover the location of the Lost City of the Monkey God, and the adventure they had confirming those findings on foot.

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  • S10E23
  • February 22, 2017

2FA Is Not Enough

This week we again welcome Robert Capps from NuData Security to discuss the technological and educational gap currently experienced by not only consumers, but by the companies they use.

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  • S10E22
  • February 15, 2017

Viewing Your Hard Drive's SMART Report on Linux

We dive into the mailbag this week and answer your questions. Now that we've learned to image our hard drive to a file or other drive, it's time to learn what the next step is if ddrescue shows errors: the SMART report, which tells us if the drive is thought to be failing.

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  • S10E21
  • February 8, 2017

How To Make Sure Your Hard Drive Is Okay

When Jeff's young child dropped their PlayStation 3 from 6-feet, he wisely decided to have it looked at before trying to boot it up again. Don't risk it even if it boots: we'll show you how to use ddrescue first to not only create an image of your hard drive, but also to see if there are errors with it.

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  • S10E20
  • February 1, 2017

The Final Frontier

This week our theme is space. We'll unbox a beautiful alloy model of NCC-1701-D, and travel back in time to create a space scene using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program.

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  • S10E19
  • January 25, 2017

An Everything-Proof Bluetooth Speaker and Star Trek TNG Bluetooth Communicator

This week Robbie and Sasha dress in Starfleet attire in honor of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Bluetooth Combadge. We'll also test Altec Lansing's claim that the Mini H2O is truly waterproof (not just splash resistant). It's a Bluetooth gadget extravaganza... with a Star Trek twist!

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  • S10E18
  • January 18, 2017

Phishing Scams Look Real in 2017

Phishing scams have always tried to look like the services they're mimicking in order to trick users into providing login information, credit card numbers, and other confidential data. In 2017, they're getting frighteningly realistic and the scams are more sophisticated than ever. Learn how to recognize and protect these advanced phishing scams that even tech-savvy users are falling for.

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  • S10E17
  • January 11, 2017

Pi, PNG and Face Swap - Oh, My

This week Henry Baillie Brown joins Sasha and Robbie to talk about Raspberry Pi as a development and hands-on education platform, compressing PNG images by up to 80%, the Face Swap Live app and GIMP.

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  • S10E16
  • January 4, 2017

A Low Profile Monitor Stand and the Nest Thermostat

There are so many great uses for a low profile monitor: studio, boardroom, concert hall, church, kitchen... to name a few. We'll show you an awesome stand to upgrade your standard computer monitor to let it lay down at a very low angle. We'll also look at the Nest Learning Thermostat and see how it uses technology to save you a lot of cash.

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  • S10E15
  • December 28, 2016

Ripping DVD Video With Handbrake

If you're like Robbie, you may not have a DVD/BluRay player connected to your TVs, but have connected devices that allow you to play video files through software such as Plex. This week we'll show you how to import your video DVDs into MP4 files so you can watch your owned DVDs once again on next-gen devices such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

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  • S10E14
  • December 21, 2016

Turning Your Text Editor Into a Video Game for Coders

Atom is a sleek text editor/coding application with syntax highlighting for Windows, Mac and Linux, and by coupling it with Code::Stats coders can "level up" as they program, making those dull coding sessions just a little more exciting.

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  • S10E13
  • December 14, 2016

4K Actioncam Showdown

This week Sasha and Robbie mount six actioncams on a multi-camera rig and take them to the waterfront in Barrie, Ontario to shoot some footage. You'll get a 1:1 comparison showing the quality of each camera to help you determine the best camera for your needs.

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  • S10E12
  • December 7, 2016

4K Actioncams in Telestream Wirecast

Ever wonder if a 4K Actioncam can function as a live video source in Telestream Wirecast? We'll put 6 4K Actioncams head-to-head and determine the winner.

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  • S10E11
  • November 30, 2016

A 4K Video Camera with Built-In 3-Axis Gyro

This week we look at the DJI Osmo 4K video camera, which comes complete with a 3-Axis gimbal, giving you silky smooth home movies, or fantastic run-and-gun video for your production.

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  • S10E10
  • November 23, 2016

When Our Trust Is Violated: Casino Rama Hacked

There's not much you can do if a company you trust your confidential information with is hacked. Join Robert Capps of NuData Security to discuss what companies can do to protect the data entrusted to them.

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  • S10E09
  • November 16, 2016

Nagios Enterprise Monitoring on a Raspberry Pi 3

Nagios lets you keep a close eye on your network assets. Computers, web sites, services, disk space, and more. NEMS brings Nagios to the Raspberry Pi 3 micro computer making it more economical, energy efficient, and super easy to deploy... not to mention much easier to use.

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  • S10E08
  • November 9, 2016

Getting Started with 360 Video Production

This week we learn how to turn spherical 360 video into usable equirectangular video, and how to stitch the videos from two 360 cameras together to provide a full 360x360 viewing experience.

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  • S10E07
  • November 2, 2016

Mobile Malware

Ryan Kalember is the SVP of Cybersecurity Strategy at Proofpoint and joins us to discuss the Proofpoint Q3 Threat Summary and their findings with regards to malware on iOS and Android.

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  • S10E06
  • October 26, 2016

Unboxing the Pano View 360 Actioncam

Join us as our Steampunk-costumed kick off our series on how to produce 360 VR video with affordable consumer gear. We'll unbox the camera itself and see what's inside, then shoot a short video which we'll later be producing.

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  • S10E05
  • October 19, 2016

Robots, Drones, and 3D Printers: The New Classroom

The modern classroom consists of robots, drones and 3D printers, and Elad Inbar, CEO of RobotLAB is at the forefront of the latest tech. Join us as we discuss the past, present and future of robotics in education. We've also got your viewer questions, and your weekly dose of tech news.

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  • S10E04
  • October 12, 2016

Replacing a Laptop's Cooling Fan

Robbie, Kelsey and Sasha hang out in Studio D this week and show how easy it is to replace a defective cooling fan on an old laptop, breathing new life into it for under $10. We also cover a slew of your viewer questions, as well as some followup comments about Episode 471's 360 video.

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  • S10E03
  • October 5, 2016

It's All Wednesdays Now, and Sasha's Back

This week our live broadcast makes the move to Wednesdays, and we welcome Sasha Dirmeitis back to both co-host and present The Category5.TV Newsroom. We'll discuss the current status of last week's 360 special, and what we can expect in Season 10.

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  • S10E02
  • September 27, 2016

Season 10 Kickoff - 360 VR Video Version

Season 10 kicks off with a 360 VR Video experience! Featuring Robbie Ferguson, Jeff Weston, Sasha Dirmeitis, Shelly Desilva, Erika Lalonde, Christa Wells and Lionel Lalonde. Take a look around Studio D and let's recap some of the great times we've had in the first 9 years of broadcasting Category5 Technology TV.

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  • S10E01
  • September 27, 2016

Season 10 Kickoff - Standard 16:9 Version

Season 10 kicks off with a 360 VR Video experience! This "Standard Version" has been converted for your TV, Computer or other non-VR ready device. Featuring Robbie Ferguson, Jeff Weston, Sasha Dirmeitis, Shelly Desilva, Erika Lalonde, Christa Wells and Lionel Lalonde. Take a look around Studio D and let's recap some of the great times we've had in the first 9 years of broadcasting Category5 Technology TV.

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