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  • Episode 591
  • 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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  • Episode 590
  • 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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  • Episode 589
  • 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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  • Episode 588
  • 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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  • Episode 587
  • 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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  • Episode 586
  • 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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  • Episode 585
  • 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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  • Episode 584
  • 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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  • Episode 583
  • 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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  • Episode 582
  • 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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  • Episode 581
  • 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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  • Episode 580
  • 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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  • Episode 579
  • 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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  • Episode 578
  • 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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  • Episode 577
  • 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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