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  • Episode 643
  • 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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  • Episode 642
  • 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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  • Episode 641
  • 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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  • Episode 640
  • 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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  • Episode 639
  • 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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  • Episode 638
  • 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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  • Episode 637
  • 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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  • Episode 636
  • 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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  • Episode 635
  • 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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  • Episode 634
  • 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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  • Episode 633
  • 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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  • Episode 632
  • 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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  • Episode 631
  • 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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  • Episode 630
  • 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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  • Episode 629
  • 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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  • Episode 628
  • 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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  • Episode 627
  • 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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  • Episode 626
  • 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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