• S12E49
  • September 11, 2019

The Hot Little Raspberry Pi 4

We've all heard that the Raspberry Pi 4 gets hot, and that when it does, it throttles. While surprisingly we couldn't get it to throttle in our quick test, we were certainly able to get some heat. But we'll add a case from Eleduino that reduces the temperature by at least 20 degrees C and looks good while doing it.

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  • S12E48
  • September 4, 2019

Goodbye, Slow WiFi

Sick of stu-stu-stuttering video and slow file transfers on WiFi? Edgewater Wireless CEO, Andrew Skafel joins us to speak on how their revolutionary new WiFi technology is about to shake up the wireless industry. We'll also fire up the flux capacitor and show you how to go back in time in the Debian Linux repositories.

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  • S12E47
  • August 28, 2019

Reducing Pollution on a Grand Scale and Linux Terminal Weather Forecasting

Anoosheh Oskouian, CEO of Ship and Shore Environmental Inc., joins us to talk about how her company is making a difference now, and for future generations by greatly reducing the air pollution generated by factories of all sizes. We'll also check out a new and exciting way to check the weather in your Linux terminal, and of course, Sasha has the latest tech news.

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  • S12E46
  • August 21, 2019

External M.2 RAID 1, a USB Power Tester and Reminiscing About Radio Days

Did you know Robbie and Jeff met when they worked at a radio station, and Jeff later sang on one of Robbie's CDs for his band? Not only will we reminisce about the past, but we'll also plan for the future with a RAID-capable USB 3.1 Rev 2 enclosure for M.2 drives. We also have a nifty USB tester that will tell us how many amps our Raspberry Pi is actually consuming.

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  • S12E45
  • August 14, 2019

Video Capture Without a Computer, Ransomware Tips, Dashcam Followup and Bug Zappers

Sasha lets us know how things are going with her new $30 dashcam, Robbie gives some solid ransomware advice, we look at a new version of a video capture device that records 1080p video from your game console without the need of a computer, and we kill off some of the bugs that have been buzzing around Henry's head.

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  • S12E44
  • August 7, 2019

Mission to the Moon, Smart Sensors and Pocket E-Paper

Experience the Apollo 11 mission through the very software used to place mankind on the moon -- on a Raspberry Pi or in your web browser! Henry will take us through the basics of liftoff. We'll also look at the Wyze Sense door sensors and motion sensor, and an improved version of the pocket-sized e-paper tablet we looked at a year ago.

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  • S12E43
  • July 31, 2019

7-Inch Pi Screen, YouTube Thumbnails in GIMP, and Chainsaws

Robbie, Jeff and Henry look at the KKSB 7-Inch case stand for Raspberry Pi, and look at the Grow Selection tool in GIMP, demonstrating how it can be used to create borders of dynamic objects such as people or text. We'll also hear about Robbie's chainsaw on a stick and how Jeff and his family are taking to the Amazon Echo Dot.

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  • S12E42
  • July 24, 2019

The Orville Video Game, PINE64 Clusterboard and LED Lights

Join Robbie, Jeff and Henry as they take a tour of The Orville with the free fan-made video game. We'll also look at some outstanding ideas for the PINE64 Clusterboard and some waterproof LED puck lights ideal.

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  • S12E41
  • July 17, 2019

A Dash Cam for the Frugal Shopper

We don't want to use the word "cheap" since this dash cam actually packs an impressive list of features for $30. The team will get into the box, install and test this 1080p device, and let you judge for yourself if this is on par with Jeff's $200 dash cam.

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  • S12E40
  • July 10, 2019

SBC in the Enterprise Data Center with Bo Lechnowsky (ameriDroid)

Bo Lechnowsky, the founder of one of the world's most well-respected Single Board Computer stores, joins the Category5 team to discuss how far SBCs have come, how he and his company are currently using the tiny supercomputers, and how these pocket-sized (and some bite-sized) computers are revolutionizing the enterprise data center.

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  • S12E39
  • July 3, 2019

Powerful "Desktop" Computer... Itty-Bitty Living Space

Remember when a desktop computer took up a large space under your desk? Now, you can get a reasonable user experience in something that fits in your pocket. This is not a Raspberry Pi 4. This is better! It's the brand new, up-and-coming Khadas VIM3.

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  • S12E38
  • June 26, 2019

25 Years of FreeDOS and 1 Week of Mario Battle Royale

Robbie, Sasha and Henry are joined by FreeDOS founder, Jim Hall to discuss the DOS-compatible operating system that celebrated 25 years this week. In keeping with our retro theme, we'll also look at a Mario clone that takes the classic Nintendo game into a 99-player battle royale.

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  • S12E37
  • June 19, 2019

Building a Web Server with an ODROID-N2

ARM is revolutionizing the server room, and this week we'll learn to turn a small, sub-$100 single board ARM computer into a fully-capable web server. Whether hosting web sites for the public to access, or just a home server to let your family and friends access your recent vacation photos, the ODROID-N2 makes a fabulous LAMP server that won't generate heat, use a lot of electricity, or generate any ambient noise. We'll also talk about Google's recent service outages, and how the move to the cloud is affecting businesses.

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  • S12E36
  • June 12, 2019

Pinebook $99 Laptop: But Wait, There's More

We unboxed the 1080p Pinebook on Episode 611. Now, after 1 week of usage, let's talk about our first impressions with the $99 Linux laptop from PINE64. We'll look at the good and bad, and provide context and possible use cases for this innovative SBC-powered notebook.

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  • S12E35
  • June 5, 2019

[Brutally Raw] First Impressions of a $99 Laptop

The Pinebook is groundbreaking. A truly functional $99 Linux laptop with a 1080p IPS screen, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. But its low price tag and innovative nature lead to some very real caveats for some users. Let's see how our tech-savvy bald nerd reacts to what, with a little patience, could be an excellent little portable writing or coding tool.

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  • S12E34
  • May 29, 2019

Picard, Google Docs Without Internet, and E-Paper Evolution

This week on Category5: Robbie, we'll talk about how the new Star Trek about Captain Picard is actually called Star Trek: Picard, and how uncreative that is. We'll also learn to make Google Docs, Sheets and Slides available even when no Internet connection is available, and how NewYes has improved their e-paper tablets in the past year.

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  • S12E33
  • May 22, 2019

The Orville Virtual Reality Fan Game

The team that brought us Stage 9, the virtual version of the USS Enterprise, have now announced the coming release of The Orville: Interactive Fan Experience. That's right, having been shut down by CBS for creating a realistic virtual replica of NCC-1701-D, the team is now moving on to the newest show rocking Trek fandom: The Orville. Robbie will speak with Project Lead, Dan Govier about the upcoming release.

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  • S12E32
  • May 15, 2019

DIY NanoSIM and Color Correction

It's time to upgrade Robbie's wife's smartphone, but her MicroSIM won't fit in the new phone's NanoSIM port. We could buy a new SIM and port everything over, but that takes time and effort. Let's instead use a punch tool which costs roughly the same price as buying a new SIM, and convert our card. We'll also learn to correct the white balance of a photo that has no white using the GNU Image Manipulation Program.

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  • S12E31
  • May 8, 2019

Making eViacam Work on Linux Mint 19

Suffering from a vicious relapse of RSI Ulnar Nerve Entrapment, Robbie has been fighting pain when using a computer mouse, so he set out to replace it with his face only to find it doesn't work on modern Linux out of the box. Let's fix that and turn our webcam into a surprisingly accurate mouse controller.

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  • S12E30
  • May 1, 2019

An Android TV Box and Fixing the GIMP's Interface

Jeff takes a look at a new Android TV box that uses the Amlogic S905X2 SoC. It's zippy, and can handle 4k 60p and HDR. Robbie will show you how to fix the interface in GIMP should you accidentally close a window or otherwise confuse things, and Sasha has our top tech stories for the week.

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  • S12E29
  • April 24, 2019

Accidental Unboxing Bonanza

We love unboxings, and we love product reviews. It's a great chance for us to show you what's up and coming (a 13-inch Raspberry Pi touch screen case) or what's been around a while but could benefit from a video review to really show you how it looks (water effect party lamp). We'll tackle these, plus some swag sent to the unofficial official spokeswoman of CloudReady.

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  • S12E28
  • April 17, 2019

Robbie Attempts to Fix a Dead Network Switch

In his quest to become capable of performing his own electronics repair, Robbie has come a long way with his soldering abilities. This week, we'll tear down the dead network switch and see if it can be fixed for around $3.

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  • S12E27
  • April 10, 2019

A Torrent NAS, Dead Switch and a Tricorder

Our BitTorrent Seed Server on an ODROID-HC1 has been upgraded to let us access it through our network as a password-protected NAS. We'll also open up a dead Ethernet switch and see if it's worth fixing, and take a look at a decent Star Trek: The Next Generation tricorder replica that's currently selling on Amazon.

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  • S12E26
  • April 3, 2019

A Couple Tinker Boards and An AI-Powered Picture Frame

This week we'll get into the box of an ASUS Tinker Board 2GB and S, checking out a Raspberry Pi-sized single board computer that packs twice as much RAM and a whole lot more processor power. We'll also check in with our first-ever Maker of The Month, who created a photo frame that only shows pictures of his niece and nephew thanks to AI-powered facial recognition.

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  • S12E25
  • March 27, 2019

SSD for Business Data Centers

We're joined by Kingston Technology Sr. Technology Manager Cameron Crandall to talk about their new enterprise drives -- the DC500 -- and learn how Kingston is innovating in the data center, helping businesses to extend the useful life of existing hardware, improve overall performance and at the same time reduce the cost of operation.

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  • S12E24
  • March 20, 2019

600 Weeks of Tech TV and a New SBC

600 weeks ago, Robbie started up Category5 TV. A lot has changed around here since then, and a lot has changed in tech. Let's look at some of the top ways technology has changed in the last 600 weeks. We'll also take a peek at the brand new ODROID-N2 Single-Board Computer.

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  • S12E23
  • March 13, 2019

Blocking Internet Ads and Porn With a Single Board Computer

With March Break in full swing, our two resident dads are looking for ways to keep their kids safe online. Enter Pi-Hole: a free DNS server program that turns any single board computer into a sophisticated DNS filtering service. It's built to block ads, which in turn improves your Internet speed. But using third-party lists, you can also use Pi-Hole to optionally block sites that serve up pornography.

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  • S12E22
  • March 6, 2019

Improving Lighting In Your Photos

A great photo can be ruined by incorrect exposure or white balance. This week we'll show you how to correct some of the most common mistakes, such as backlighting or incorrect white balance using GIMP. Plus, as an added bonus, Robbie will provide a few quick tips that will help you get better photos from your DSLR camera even without retouching them.

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  • S12E21
  • February 27, 2019

Debian Linux BitTorrent Server with the ODROID HC1

The ODROID HC1 is a 2.5-inch SSD enclosure that features a built-in 8-core SBC with 2 GB RAM and gigabit Ethernet. Since it runs Debian Linux (among others), there is really no limit to what you can create. For our first project out of the box, we'll setup the SSD to auto-mount on boot, and turn the unit into a self-contained BitTorrent seed server with a browser-based interface.

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  • S12E20
  • February 20, 2019

It's Illuminating When We Go Live

Our live broadcast API tells whether Category5 TV is live on the air or not. This week, we'll create a simple circuit and code that will automatically turn on an LED light bulb whenever Category5 TV signs on. The fundamentals learned will help get makers started with Raspberry Pi GPIO programming in a fun and simple way. We'll also test Google Docs vs. MS Office Online Word and see how well each opens documents we created in LibreOffice Writer.

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  • S12E19
  • February 13, 2019

Pocophone F1: A Low Cost Phone with High-End Features

Taking a risk on a refurbished smartphone proved disastrous for Robbie, so this time he took a different approach as a budget-minded phone shopper and picked up a Xiaomi Pocophone F1. We'll get into the box this week on Category5 TV and take the low-cost phone for a spin. Sasha also updates us on her mixed-environment word processing woes at work, and we have your week's top tech news.

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  • S12E18
  • February 6, 2019

Software-Free Encrypted Flash Drive

The problem with encrypted flash drives has always been the software needed to be installed in order to operate it. This week we look at a device that eliminates that issue by using a keypad to decrypt the data, making it extremely easy to use and perfect for your purse or pocket.

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  • S12E17
  • January 30, 2019

New PINE64 Products in 2019

It was such an honor to have Lukasz Erecinski from PINE64 join us for an interview where he revealed the exciting new product line from PINE64, including a "Pro" version of their popular Pinebook SOC laptop, and the world's first open source IP camera. We'll also take the RockPro64 for a spin just to see what kind of performance we can likely expect out of the Pinebook Pro.

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  • S12E16
  • January 23, 2019

Artificial Intelligence in 2019

Our opinions of AI have been formed by mainstream media, but that stops now. This week we speak with New York Times best-selling author, Martin Ford about Artificial Intelligence. In his new book, Ford records the conversations he has had with the very people developing artificial intelligence. We'll chat about what's exciting, what's scary, and what's to come from machine learning.

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  • S12E15
  • January 16, 2019

Wyze Cams and an ODROID C2

This week, Robbie and Sasha take a look at how the Wyze Cams work. They're the world's most affordable smart surveillance camera, and we'll give them a try. Then, let's open up an ODROID C2 single board computer. It's been around for a while, but it's still an awesome board in high demand. We also have what could be the best ODROID C2 case ever.

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  • S12E14
  • January 9, 2019

Smart Home Surveillance and 4K Video Editing Magic

The Bald Nerd, CloudReady's official unofficial spokeswoman and the Ginja Ninja take a look at the Wyze Cam lineup, which makes smart home surveillance ultra-affordable. We'll also learn how to turn 4K video footage into multiple camera shots in CyberLink PowerDirector, and the results are mind blowing.

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  • S12E13
  • January 2, 2019

Let 'er Rip

Happy new year! This week we'll look back briefly on some of the fondest memories our hosts have of 2018, followed by a tutorial on how to rip episodic DVDs using the free Handbrake software on Windows 10.

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  • S12E12
  • December 26, 2018

Category5 Christmas Musical

As Robbie, Sasha and Jeff take the week off to celebrate Christmas with their families, let's circle back to our Christmas special from 2012 when Category5 alumni of years gone by joined Robbie and Sasha for a very special night of amateur Christmas caroling.

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  • S12E11
  • December 19, 2018

Don't Reset The Modem

Resetting a modem is not the same thing as rebooting a modem, as Sasha learned this week. Let's also unbox a Raspberry Pi 3 A+, a lighting rig to improve your product photographs on the cheap, and discuss the evolution of technology with Google Monocle.

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  • S12E10
  • December 12, 2018

Battle of the Home Automation Assistants

Between the Google Home Mini and the latest Amazon Echo Dot, the price and promoted features are pretty similar. This week, we'll try to figure out which one is the best virtual assistant by putting the two smart home devices head-to-head.

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  • S12E09
  • December 5, 2018

With Help From A Dummy Head

We pulled out the old dummy head again, because what better way is there to review a set of Bluetooth headphones? We've got the Bluedio T-Monitors, which are a budget set of wireless headphones that feel and sound great. Sasha is having trouble with Discord and Jeff is getting a lot of botspam.

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  • S12E08
  • November 28, 2018

Displacing the SBC Champions

We continue our series of single board computer benchmarks, and this week we put the ODROID XU4Q and the NanoPi M4 up against one another, along with the results from last week's battle between the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, PINE64 A64-LTS, Rock64 and RockPro64.

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  • S12E07
  • November 21, 2018

Single Board Computer Deathmatch

We all love a good benchmark comparison, but what's been unclear up till now is how SBCs of varying price points compare once you factor in their cost. Does the Rock64 beat the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ even though it costs more? We'll set out to find out on this week's show.

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  • S12E06
  • November 14, 2018

More Great Single Board Computers and Disabling Windows 10's Tablet Mode

Henry joins Robbie and Sasha to take a look at an assortment of Single Board Computers we'll be benchmarking in the next couple weeks. We'll also look at why Sasha's work computer went nutty after an update, and fix the stupid "Tablet Mode" by telling it to never turn on again.

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  • S12E05
  • November 7, 2018

Make Any Notebook a Chromebook with Neverware CloudReady

Most of us have some old laptop or desktop computers kicking around. They seem useless because their OS is out of date, and the hardware isn't powerful enough to run the latest and greatest software. Enter CloudReady: a Chromium OS distribution that is built to run on your old (or new!) PC gear, and is free for personal use.

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  • S12E04
  • October 31, 2018

Cheap Mics, Awesome SBCs and Costumes

Shizu Yamaguchi joins Robbie and Sasha this week, and everyone's dressed up for Halloween! We'll step outside the box with our review of a cheap condenser microphone off Amazon, and unbox the six-core NanoPi M4 single board computer.

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  • S12E03
  • October 24, 2018

A DIY Retro Gaming Handheld Emulator and a Tool Bench PSU (With MarshMan)

MarshMan drove 8 hours to join us this week! We'll look at a cheap way to repurpose an old computer PSU, as well as the ODROID-GO - a GameBoy-like handheld that lets you play all the classics - and you get to build it yourself.

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  • S12E02
  • October 17, 2018

A 6-Core SBC and Some Viewer Comments

We've finally got our hands on a RockPro64, and it's an incredible looking little single-board computer: 6 cores, 4 GB RAM and a PCIe slot. We've also got some great viewer comments that spark some interesting discussions.

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  • S12E01
  • October 10, 2018

Making LibreOffice Look and Feel More Like Microsoft Office

There are some wonderful free alternatives available for commercial software, and LibreOffice is exactly that. But the interface isn't quite the same as Microsoft Office, and it can be a bit unfamiliar to users who are accustomed to the commercial counterpart. This week, we'll learn to make LibreOffice look and feel pretty similar to Microsoft's product, and who knows: you may just save some money.

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