• S13E38
  • September 16, 2020

Debian 11 on Pinebook Pro, and The Orville Die-Cast Model

As "lucky" Season 13 comes to a close, Robbie takes us through installing Debian 11 (Bullseye) on a Pinebook Pro. We've also got our hands on a die-cast 10-inch model of The Orville ship, which is available now at comic book stores and online. Robbie will get into the box and take a look at this stunning set piece. Robert has cryptocurrency news and explains impermanent loss, and Bekah's here with the news stories we're following.

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  • S13E37
  • September 9, 2020

Jumping Right To The News

After three false starts, Robbie and Jeff decided it wasn't meant to be. But they made it to the studio in spite of the technical difficulties amidst our pandemic-time growing pains. So a quick hello, and then it's straight to the news.

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  • S13E36
  • August 26, 2020

Two-Factor Authentication, Learning to Design for 3D Printing for Free

Robbie and Jeff sit down for a chat about how the pandemic has forced the Internet infrastructure to change rapidly, and what we can expect. Plus Robbie shares how he's learning to 3D print even without a 3D printer, and the guys offer an easy-to-grasp explanation of what 2FA is, and why it's important. Bekah has our week's tech news stories, and Robert is here to help us learn to research the various cryptocurrencies in the market.

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  • S13E35
  • August 12, 2020

Cables Through Walls

As Robbie works hard toward getting Studio E fully operational, ameriDroid's 3D printer came in handy and provided a novel solution to get cables from one room to the other. We also give away a gift card and chat about a dangerous app idea. Bekah's here with the news, and Robert will help us make wise crypto investment decisions.

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  • S13E34
  • July 15, 2020

A Funky Clock and a Nightmarish Wednesday for IT

Robbie wanted a clock for The Bridge that not only offered more functionality, but also looked super cool. So, he began development of a program to be that clock. Will a Raspberry Pi suffice? Robbie and Jeff catch up about how things are going around here, and discuss a nightmare scenario where Microsoft breaks Outlook around the world and Twitter gets hacked. In other words, Wednesday. Bekah's got the news, and Robert's here to share the latest Crypto Corner.

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  • S13E33
  • July 8, 2020

Category5 Crew Conversations # 1

Jeff Weston returns to us this week! In our first-ever "Crew Conversations" special, Jeff and Robbie are put head-to-head to share two topics each that interest them. Jeff speaks about Chromebooks and Minecraft on Raspberry Pi, where Robbie talks about his dream of 3D printing technology and a homemade pan/tilt Raspberry Pi HQ Camera. We've also got Bekah on the news desk with the latest tech stories, plus Robert in the Crypto Corner.

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  • S13E32
  • July 1, 2020

Much Ado About MikroTik

This week we knock out the next three segments of our MikroTik router series. Robbie will show you how to update your router firmware, set a static IP address in your DHCP server, and configure a custom DNS server such as a Pi-hole as your network default. We've also got a viewer question about failed microSD cards, Bekah's here with the week's tech news, and Robert has the latest cryptocurrency news over in the Crypto Corner.

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  • S13E31
  • June 24, 2020

Community Coffee Break and Step One of Laptop Computer Cooling System Replacement

The Category5 Community Coffee Break is more than 64 episodes in since the pandemic hit, and it's a great place to come together with other community members and hang out, sharing about the tech (and other things) that occupy your time. Robbie also takes a crack at replacing the decrepit cooling system in his Lenovo ThinkPad, but finds the headers have changed and he'll need to pick it up another week... once he's unpacked his soldering tools. Bekah's here with the week's news, and Robert's filling us in on the state of the cryptocurrency market.

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  • S13E30
  • June 17, 2020

"Making" A Killer SBC-Powered Desktop Computer

This week, Robbie sets out to assemble a Raspberry Pi 4 with 8 GB RAM in an Argon ONE case, which proves to be a gorgeous SBC-powered computer. But he'll also dig into the Argon ONE code and find out what makes it tick. Bekah's here with the latest news stories, and Robert's got the Crypto Corner.

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  • S13E29
  • June 10, 2020

The Spotlight's On Robbie, Installing an OS on Pinebook Pro's SD Card and an Intro to GitHub

Rocco (BigDaddyLinux) pointed the Linux Spotlight at Robbie this week, and we've got a short preview. Robbie will show us what it takes to get an operating system "installed" on a Pinebook Pro SD card, and why you might want to, and we'll also get a beginner's rundown of how to use GitHub. Bekah's here with the latest tech news, and Robert returns for more cryptocurrency market news.

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  • S13E28
  • June 3, 2020

MikroTik vs. Crackheads, Pinebook Pro Issues, and a Virtual Typewriter

For the first time, we open our MikroTik router series up to viewers for questions and comments. Robbie also addresses a couple of the major issues affecting the latest run of Pinebook Pro laptops, and shows a web service that provides a fun yet functional typewriter simulation. Bekah's here for the news, and Robert joins us with Crypto Corner.

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  • S13E27
  • May 27, 2020

Locking Down The WiFi

On this week's show, Robbie teaches us how to setup a guest WiFi connection on our MikroTik router that cannot access our internal network resources, such as network shares or smart devices. Plus, Bekah's here with the tech news stories we're following this week.

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  • S13E26
  • May 20, 2020

Living Out of Boxes

Robbie's digging through boxes before the show to ensure we can broadcast from our new studio. We'll chat about how things are progressing with our new space. We'll also get a look at setting up port forwarding rules in MikroTik routers, and Bekah returns with the news stories we're following this week.

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  • S13E25
  • May 13, 2020

Getting Started with MikroTik Routers

Robbie gets things rolling in our MikroTik router series by starting at the beginning: Bridging our modem and setting up MikroTik as a new gateway for our network. Bekah is on the newsdesk, Robert has a great list of recommended cryptocurrency podcasts and YouTube channels, and we'll learn a little more about where things are at for Category5 following our move.

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  • S13E24
  • May 6, 2020

Making My Computer Stuff Quieter

Robbie's been doing a lot of work in the production room, and the servers are really noisy! So we'll set out to reduce the noise by replacing a fan in our backup drive. After that, listening to music is much more enjoyable, so we'll look at a fun way to tune in to radio stations from around the world. Bekah's got the top stories in our newsroom, and Robert's here to talk about Bitcoin halving.

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  • S13E23
  • April 29, 2020

Live From The Bridge

As Robbie continues to work hard to establish a functioning studio space during a pandemic, he'll broadcast from The Bridge--our production studio--this week. We'll discuss MikroTik routers as he introduces our upcoming series on configuring these powerful yet inexpensive SOHO routers that pack all the enterprise features at 1/10th of the price. Bekah takes over the news desk this week, and Robert shares the latest Crypto Corner.

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  • S13E22
  • April 22, 2020

Making It Work During A Global Pandemic

Category5 is back and broadcasting from its new studio, but who could have predicted a global pandemic occurring during our downtime as we prepared to move? Robbie is joined by Tom Costantino (Co-Producer, The Orville), Brandon Fayette (VFX Supervisor, The Orville), Sasha Rickman (Co-Host, Category5 Technology TV), Bo Lechnowsky (Founder/Owner, ameriDroid) and Amie DD (Contestant, LEGO Masters) to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting each differently. We're also joined by our socially distant news team featuring Jeff Weston, Henry Baillie-Brown and Robert Koenig to cover the week's top tech stories and the status of blockchain jobs.

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  • S13E21
  • March 18, 2020

Kickstarter Zoom Group Chat # 1 (Take 2)

Having held our first Kickstarter Zoom group chat earlier that night, this is the followup conversation as the first one didn't record (supremely exclusive)! We're getting everything packed up, and it's coming along. We'll show you the difference in the size of Studio E, and talk about our insurance.

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  • S13E20
  • March 4, 2020

Goodbye, Studio D

In a surprise turn of events, our landlord is re-claiming our rental space and has demanded we vacate effective at the end of the month. We never saw this coming, and it has caught us unprepared. We need your help.

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  • S13E19
  • February 26, 2020

An Interview with TheCanadianHacker

We often hear the question: Why do hackers hack? A lot of times, the answer is simple... it's for the money. But in the case of TheCanadianHacker, he wants to warn people about the exploits that exist on their network before some other hacker uses it with malicious purposes in mind.

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  • S13E18
  • February 19, 2020

Canless Air and Linux as a Windows 10 Alternative

We may not think twice about buying a can of compressed air to clean our computers, electronics and camera lenses, but John W. Scherer has a better solution; environmentally, safety-wise, and even quality-wise. We'll also chat about what the on-air team uses instead of Windows 10 on their own personal computers.

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  • S13E17
  • February 12, 2020

Web Sites as Apps and a Single Charger for All Our Devices

Jeff shares a USB charger that lets us charge up to 6 phones at a time, Robbie's got a cool Linux application that runs web sites as if they're apps, and Sasha's got the week's tech news.

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  • S13E16
  • February 5, 2020

The $200 Pinebook Pro ANSI Linux Laptop Has Arrived

The first batch of Pinebook Pro ANSI (US Keyboard Layout) Linux laptops has shipped. At just $200 and coming with Debian Linux pre-installed, we really want to get a close look at this groundbreaking daily driver of a laptop from Pine64.

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  • S13E15
  • January 22, 2020

Understanding Modern Cyber Threats

Robbie visited Raf Bivar at ESET Canada's head office in Toronto to discuss the current threat landscape, and what businesses need to know to protect their data in 2020. We'll also check in on Robbie's weight loss progress as he uses tech to guide his food decisions.

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  • S13E14
  • January 15, 2020

Image Vector Tracing and DIY Presence Monitoring

Robbie's solo again this week, and it's a great opportunity to geek out in the Linux terminal! So let's learn to trace vector paths on raster images and create a doorbell system that performs any action as soon as your staff approach the building. We'll do all this from within the Linux terminal.

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  • S13E13
  • January 8, 2020

Tech to Help New Year's Resolutions

Happy new year 2020! Robbie has come up with a novel goal for the new year: To educate himself about his health. The hope is to use this information to achieve weight loss and better long-term health, without ever having to really focus on the mundane and often unachievable specific goal of weight loss. And what's more, his budget is just $100. Sasha also presents a device that is meant to help you sleep better and control cravings.

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  • S13E12
  • December 18, 2019

Robbie's Solo and Starting The Custom NAS Build

In light of the winter storm, the team has the week off - but Robbie was already at the studio when it was called, so he's got this! Time to get started on our custom NAS solution, and Robbie will get into the Linux terminal, how to work with external drives, and how to use--and understand--mount points.

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  • S13E11
  • December 11, 2019

The External Backup Decision and an Android Fire 7 Tablet

We polled the community and it's been decided: USB 3.1 Rev 2 for our external storage. We'll share a bit more about the decision and what's to come. We also have an Amazon Fire 7 Tablet and determine if you can get standard apps like YouTube or Chrome installed - and if you can use Google Play to do it.

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  • S13E10
  • December 4, 2019

PHP In Linux CLI, External Storage Dilemma and VLANs

PHP isn't limited to web services: Robbie will show you how to run your PHP scripts as command line apps on Linux. We'll also discuss the difficult decision between connectivity and future speed when looking at external storage, and how a VLAN could help protect Sasha's privacy on a shared Internet connection.

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  • S13E09
  • November 27, 2019

Amazon Echo Flex Initial Setup and Unreal Tournament Turns 20

It's hard to believe, but Unreal Tournament GOTY is 20 years old. It holds a special place for Category5 since it was UT LAN parties where Robbie and Jeff got to know one another all those years ago. We'll also look at the Amazon Echo Flex - a brand new version of the popular Alexa smart home device that plugs directly into a wall socket and features USB modules to expand functionality of your smart home.

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  • S13E08
  • November 20, 2019

2019 Broadcast System Build (i9 9900k)

Our viewer community came together to contribute toward a needed broadcast system replacement. With the added help of Kingston Technology, Gigabyte and NVIDIA, we're ready to build our shiny new i9 9900k PC to use for live broadcasting and editing the show for release. We can't thank you enough for pitching in! This week, we'll go through the build together.

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  • S13E07
  • November 13, 2019

Industry Efficiency Through Solid Logistics

Dan Khasis, CEO of one of the world's biggest logistics software companies, Route4Me, joins us to discuss the technology that drives an industry that we don't always think about since it tends to happen behind the scenes: supply chain and fulfillment. We'll also look at an immensely powerful portable USB charger and a way to enjoy your Keurig without all the guilt about environmental impact.

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  • S13E06
  • November 6, 2019

Headphone Showdown

Enjoying our music and videos depends a lot on finding the right set of headphones, but it's not always easy to know from an online shop which is going to be best suited for us. The Category5 team compare 5 sets of Bluetooth headphones and discuss their opinions of each to help you get an idea for which may be the one for you, or the person on your list.

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  • S13E05
  • October 30, 2019

Soldering PCB Headers and Powering a Pi from Battery

Tired of your Raspberry Pi frying SD cards? Want your Pi-based server to keep running in a power outage or when unplugged? We'll look at what is perhaps the ultimate smart UPS for Raspberry Pi to solve these issues. And since we're soldering headers for the GPIO, we may as well learn a quick trick to make your soldering just a bit easier.

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  • S13E04
  • October 23, 2019

Jeff Thinks He's So Hot, And Proves It

With a little soldering, we're prototyping a thermal imaging scanner which allows us to visualize thermal data. We'll be using it to see how various cases and coolers affect the thermal footprint of various single board computers, but the options are endless. With this device, you can see heat.

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  • S13E03
  • October 9, 2019

THE ORVILLE Interview with Tom Costantino and Brooke Noska

This week, Tom Costantino (Co-Producer) and Brooke Noska (VFX Producer / Co-VFX Supervisor) from The Orville chat with us about the tech they use behind the scenes to make their TV magic, and how the evolution of technology has impacted the way sci-fi is produced.

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  • S13E02
  • October 2, 2019

Amie DD - The Person Behind The Tesla RFID Implant Hack

By now, we've all heard of Amie DD's Tesla hack: she implanted her car's RFID chip in her arm. Category5 cuts deeper to find out just what makes Amie DD tick. Discover along with us that she's much more than just green hair and tattoos: Amie's a thoughtful and creative maker with the tools and skills to bring her visions to life. Whether cosplay, circuit design or 3D printing, she's always pushing tech and innovating new ways to use it, while simultaneously doing her part to help young women interested in pursuing careers in tech.

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  • S13E01
  • September 25, 2019

Models Who Aren't People

Imagine stock images of models who aren't really people. We're not judging: we actually mean AI-generated fake people who can be used as stock images! We'll show you how to get your hands on 100,000 such images for your project. We'll also take a look at a USB temperature sensor that lets you measure the ambient or surface temperature, providing JSON output so you can program it to do whatever you like.

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