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  • Episode 569
  • August 15, 2018

Viewer Question Extravaganza

This week's show is controlled by you - our viewers! Topics such as installing common Windows fonts on Linux, where to download retro game ROMs from, and many more.

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  • Episode 568
  • August 8, 2018

Monitoring Your Digital Assets with NEMS Linux

Nobody does network asset monitoring as well as Nagios, and NEMS Linux brings a fully-configured Nagios server to your Raspberry Pi. Robbie and Bekah check out the latest release of the Nagios Enterprise Monitoring Server for Raspberry Pi 3.

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  • Episode 567
  • August 1, 2018

The Ultimate Programmable Hotkeys, Headphone File Formats and The Very Basics of GIMP

A viewer puts Robbie in his place with his GIMP tutorials for beginners. Jeff, Robbie and Sasha put the PowerLocus headphones to the test and set out to find out which file formats the SD card reader supports. We'll also look at the Stream Deck, which is perhaps the best-ever programmable hotkey board.

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  • Episode 566
  • July 25, 2018

The Frugal Audiophile's Paradise

When it comes to sound quality, the more you pay, generally the better the sound. This week though, we look for good sounding gear that comes with a cheaper price tag. From a set of Bluetooth 4.2-EDR headphones to a pair of studio monitor-style speakers, Jeff and Robbie will put them to the test... along with the help of a mannequin head equipped with a binaural recorder.

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  • Episode 565
  • July 18, 2018

Biometrics and You

This week we welcome back Robert Capps from NuData security to discuss the recent data breach at Timehop, and how biometrics and behavioral analytics can help protect user data. We'll also unbox a shiny new Rock64 SBC with 4 GB RAM, and of course, cover the week's tech news stories as well.

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  • Episode 564
  • July 11, 2018

A Long Term-Supply SBC and an Improved Photoshop Alternative

This week Robbie and Sasha unbox the Pine A64-LTS single-board computer and get an early look at the brand new version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) 2.10.4 - a free alternative to Photoshop. And Sasha bought a car!

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  • Episode 563
  • July 4, 2018

Marie Kondo Method for Computers

Shizu Yamagucci joins us once again to discuss how the organizational and de-cluttering methods made famous by Marie Kondo can apply to our digital lives. From closet space to our computer desktop, learning to be more organized and only keep those things that make you feel good can be life altering.

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  • Episode 562
  • June 27, 2018

Internet, AI E-Sports and ODROID N1

We have a new Internet connection this week at Studio D, and are finally free of LTE. Let's talk about how Artificial Intelligence is about to pwn humans, and a sad announcement about a new SBC that we're all really excited about -- but wait, there's hope!

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  • Episode 561
  • June 20, 2018

A Better Hearing Amplifier and E-Paper That Saves to PDF

Jeff, Robbie and Sasha take a look at a great new set of earbuds from Jabees that offer some of the coolest hearing amplification features we've seen in a stylish Bluetooth headset package. We'll also take e-paper to the next level with one that saves PDF files wirelessly to your phone.

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  • Episode 560
  • June 13, 2018

When There's No Power

560 weeks is a great track record. And to keep the record going, we were here. However, our studio (and much of our city) are without power. Our UPS batteries are depleted, and there's no possible way to go live as we do every single week. But we're here. And we want to say hi in spite of our inability to broadcast the regular show. See you all next week!

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  • Episode 559
  • June 6, 2018

Android Sticks, Sleeping Masks, and Best Friends

We've got a nice assortment of products to review this week: from an Android TV stick with really good WiFi and USB 3, to a sleeping mask that has built-in stereo earphones. We'll also talk about NEMS Linux, and a web service that lets you send self-destructing messages for free.

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  • Episode 558
  • May 30, 2018

Did you try turning it off and on again?

Henry's back! And together with Robbie and Sasha, he'll check out a great (and simple) device that lets you restart your modem and router when the Internet goes down, even if you're nowhere near home! Let's all catch up and have a great time!

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  • Episode 557
  • May 23, 2018

PTZ? Yeah, You Know Me

Let's save some trees with e-paper and focus our eyes on a $200 PTZ webcam. This week we'll review a couple of great (and affordable) products that are readily available on Amazon and other online shops.

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  • Episode 556
  • May 16, 2018

Community Soldering Tips

As Robbie endeavors to become a reasonably good solderer, the community surrounds him and fills the inbox with some exceptional tips for becoming better at soldering. It's a process, and this week's show is one more step toward solder perfection.

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  • Episode 555
  • May 9, 2018

Beginner Electronics with a Digispark Micro-Controller

Learn to create along with Robbie and Sasha as we endeavor to branch out into electronics tutorials using Arduino! In preparation for our coming Wirecast camera switching controller build, we'll simply make a light flash.

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  • Episode 554
  • May 2, 2018

The Robot Named OhBot

STEM education is getting exciting as more and more products come out that really make learning fun! OhBot is one such device: it provides kids of all ages a robot and the tools they need to program it to interact. Let's look at the basics of how it works and perform a few simple tasks as we learn to code through OhBot.

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  • Episode 553
  • April 25, 2018

Blockchains and Bunkers

Robbie, Jeff and Sasha are joined by special guest Jonathan Bahai from eXeBlock to discuss what the Blockchain can do for the world other than crytpocurrency. You may be wondering how it could get any better than this, and to that we'll just tell you that Jonathan is coming to us from roughly 40 feet underground in a nuclear bunker.

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  • Episode 552
  • April 18, 2018

Retro Gaming in 2018 on a Pi 3 B+

With the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ as well as RetroPie 4.4, it's time to look at DIY retro gaming again! We'll assemble the ultimate stylish retro gaming machine (a throwback to the NES) and give Mario Kart 64 a try to see if the new Pi with the new distro will outperform the retro gaming systems of just a few years ago.

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  • Episode 551
  • April 11, 2018

The Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and the Future of Finances

XENTAVO founder and CEO and all-round cryptofinance expert Robert Koenig joins the Cat5 team to explain (in terms we understand) what the blockchain is, how cryptocurrency generates money, and what the financial future holds.

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  • Episode 550
  • April 4, 2018

Pi vs. Pi, Giant Hand Hairs and Bad Soldering Joints

On this jam-packed episode, we compare the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ to the original Pi 3 and even the Pi 2. Then, we'll look at a cordless digital microscope that zooms up to 600x and lets you record 1080p video.

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  • Episode 549
  • March 28, 2018

Facebook, a Pi B+ and Backups

This week we tackle a plethora of topics: from the #DeleteFacebook movement and what you should know about what Facebook knows about you, to unboxing a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and thinking on World Backup Day.

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  • Episode 548
  • March 21, 2018

STEM Education for Girls with a Clever Doll

This week we look at a toy that is designed specifically to encourage young girls to get excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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  • Episode 547
  • March 14, 2018

Pi Day

As we celebrate Pi Day -- or Pi Week as we'd rather call it -- let's look back on some of the exciting projects we have done featuring the Raspberry Pi micro-computer. There are so many things you can do with it, and we'll just scratch the surface.

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  • Episode 546
  • March 7, 2018

A Beginner's Introduction to Cryptocurrency

We've all heard the buzzwords "cryptocurrency" and "Bitcoin" but what is it, how hard or expensive is it to start mining, and are we too late? Let's learn together as we explore the basics of mining our own cryptocurrency.

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  • Episode 545
  • February 28, 2018

Using PlexPi as a Personal Media Server

Last week we learned to build a PlexPi Media Server. This week, we'll learn to use it. With our movies, TV shows, music and home videos on a USB flash drive, we'll create our library and begin streaming to all our devices.

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  • Episode 544
  • February 21, 2018

Plex on a Raspberry Pi 3 (In 2018)

Almost two years have passed since we last showed how to setup Plex Media Server on a Raspberry Pi 3, and a lot has changed in that time - including Debian/Raspbian upgrading to Stretch. So it is high time for us to show the process again since some of the steps have changed. Not only that, but we'll share with you our latest Raspberry Pi image, PlexPi, which gets you up and running with Plex on a Raspberry Pi 3 in just a few minutes.

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  • Episode 543
  • February 14, 2018

Raspberry Pi 3 vs. Odroid XU4Q

Robbie and Bekah fire up both a Raspberry Pi 3 and a Hardkernel Odroid XU4Q to see how each of these SBCs handle various tasks. From image editing to mining cryptocurrency, which mini computer will perform the best?

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  • Episode 542
  • February 7, 2018

Open Banking

Don Duncan joins us from NuData Security to discuss Open Banking and how the bank system in Canada is evolving to this API-driven back-end.

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  • Episode 541
  • January 31, 2018

Category5 on Kodi (Take 2)

On Episode 513 we failed to demonstrate how to get Category5 working on Kodi thanks to an incompatibility. That's been fixed, so this week we'll tackle Kodi again; a fantastic media center application that supports the Category5 TV Network. Learn where to obtain our channel and how to install and use it. We'll also learn to create social media avatars using the GIMP.

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  • Episode 540
  • January 24, 2018

[Yet More] Viewer Questions

On what could be called a Viewer Question Extravaganza 2.0, Robbie and Sasha answer yet more questions from our wonderful viewers. From a simple hack to force your Windows or Linux computer to recognize hostnames to the ideal music player, and more.

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  • Episode 539
  • January 17, 2018

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Get yourself ready for another Viewer Question Extravaganza! This is where we dig into the mailbag and answer as many of your questions as we can within the course of the show. We'll tackle everything from determining the running filesystem on Linux to a more in-depth look at a 1080p video player we reviewed on Episode 515! It's a fun ride, here we go!

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  • Episode 538
  • January 10, 2018

Linspire Rises From The Grave

Linspire is back with all the greatness, but none of the controversy! Check out how PC/OpenSystems LLC obtained the rights (and source code) to improve and re-release the classic desktop Linux. We'll also talk to Jeff about the hackers who compromized his computer, and Sasha's got the latest tech news.

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  • Episode 537
  • January 3, 2018

Techie Christmas Gifts and Cheap Portable Audio Recording

Happy New Year! This week we chat about some of the most techie gifts that found their way under our trees, some of our favorite shows on TV, and a life hack-worthy method of recording exceptional audio for your videos for under $5.

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  • Episode 536
  • December 27, 2017

An Introduction to GIMP

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a feature-packed image editor that is absolutely free. Let's look at some very basic usage to get you started: rotate, crop, resize and save an image.

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  • Episode 535
  • December 20, 2017

Plex Media Server on Microsoft Windows

We've looked at Plex on Linux and Raspberry Pi, but it's time to look at how to setup Plex Media Server on a Windows machine. We'll also show you how to install our channel, give away another video game and cover your top tech news stories of the week.

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  • Episode 534
  • December 13, 2017

Finding Space Hogs On Your Linux Server

We've looked at usage analyzers for Windows and the Linux GUI, but this week we'll show you an NCurses terminal application for Linux that lets you quickly and easily hone in on large files or folders that are hogging your hard drive space.

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  • Episode 533
  • December 6, 2017

Batteries and Chargers

With all the tech gizmos and gadgets that are going to find their way under the tree this year, the Cat5 crew wants you to be ready - with batteries, and innovative ways to charge your devices.

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  • Episode 532
  • November 29, 2017

Auphonic in Linux

Auphonic is a very important part of the Category5 production workflow, and adds that finishing touch to our audio. We'll show you how to make your podcast, YouTube channel or home movies sound so much better - on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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  • Episode 531
  • November 22, 2017

The World's Best Bluetooth Earbuds

As we move further down the list of things you'll want to add to yours, we take a look at our favorite wireless earbuds and a plastic welder that Robbie feels should be in everyone's stocking (especially the makers on your list).

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  • Episode 530
  • November 15, 2017

Make Any Air Conditioner Smart With Sensibo Sky

Can't use NEST because your A/C isn't hard-wired? No problem! If your air conditioner unit uses a remote control, Sensibo Air can make it into a smart A/C quickly and easily, complete with a mobile app that lets you control it from anywhere in the world. We'll unbox it and get started with the setup, plus we've got an assortment of viewer comments and questions.

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  • Episode 529
  • November 8, 2017

The Raspberry Pi Killer and a Cool Case

The Raspberry Pi has us excited about maker electronics, but its specs are outdated. This week we'll look at the ODROID XU4Q - an 8-core monster of a SBC with 2 GB RAM, USB 3.0 and gigabit Ethernet. Plus, we'll put it in the killer CloudShell2 case that provides a 2-drive RAID backplane in a stunning DIY NAS unit or home/smb server.

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  • Episode 528
  • November 1, 2017

Lights and Foot Switches

Let's crack open the box of goodies and take a look at a guitar pedal that can be configured to do pretty much anything you want it to. We'll learn how to turn it into a camera switcher with Telestream Wirecast. We'll also look at Jabees' new Lifestyles lamp that has an assortment exciting and unexpected tech features.

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  • Episode 527
  • October 25, 2017

Touring The Enterprise

Thanks to a dedicated team of Star Trek: The Next Generation fans, Robbie's childhood fantasy of touring the Enterprise is now a reality. Join us for our Halloween special as we take Sasha's new gaming rig for a spin and run Stage 9 in EPIC mode.

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  • Episode 526
  • October 18, 2017

Installing Ubuntu GamePack

The computer seems to be running great, and Sasha will tackle installing the OS this week after Robbie does a few finishing touches behind the scenes. Sasha, Jeff and Robbie also have the latest in tech news, including some info about the WPA2 KRACK exploit.

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  • Episode 525
  • October 11, 2017

Wiring Up The PC Build

Robbie, Sasha and Jeff connect the power cables to the gaming rig and finally perform the test we've all been waiting for: Will it light up, or blow up?

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  • Episode 524
  • October 4, 2017

Installing the Motherboard

Welcome to Season 11! This week Robbie shares about his Windows 10 woes, a new award Category5 just received as one of Feedspot's Top 100 Tech YouTube Channels, and Sasha installs the motherboard in her gaming PC before tackling the new Newsroom.

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