• S04E52
  • September 20, 2011

Enhance your video directly on YouTube

Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells demonstrate how to use YouTube's new video editing feature to enhance the quality of your videos, practically instantly. Rachel Xu joins the Category5.TV Team and presents news from the Category5.TV Newsroom.

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  • S04E51
  • September 13, 2011

Making LibreOffice Load Instantly

Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd demonstrate an easy way to make LibreOffice (and OpenOffice) load instantly on your computer, effectively improving the perceived speed of your computer.

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  • S04E50
  • September 6, 2011

Creating Stop-Motion Video on Linux with Free Software

Robbie and Hillary demonstrate how you can create a stop-motion movie using free software and a webcam in Linux.

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  • S04E49
  • August 30, 2011

Space Fish gets a name, and Windows programs work on Linux

Robbie and Christa introduce a fun way to test if the lag issue is a [ahem] thing of the past by giving 25 viewer points to every user. Space Fish gets his name, and is happy to finally have an identity and purpose in life. Robbie demonstrates how the free "wine" utility can be used on Linux to run popular "Windows Only" applications directly and natively on Linux.

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  • S04E48
  • August 23, 2011

A Year of Batteries, Pogoplugs and Live Lag

Robbie and Christa announce your chance to win a year supply of Eco Alkalines batteries, and offer a couple Pogoplug devices to give away. Many viewer questions are addressed. Lag on the streaming server unfortunately placed an unexpected delay on features, so viewer interaction was restricted, but a make-good episode will take place next week.

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  • S04E47
  • August 16, 2011

Naming Space Fish and Creating Magazine Covers

Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball demonstrate how to create a magazine cover using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program. The new Category5 Space Fish needs a name and you could win up to 300 viewer points.

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  • S04E46
  • August 9, 2011

Viewer Question Extravaganza and an iPad

Robbie Ferguson sits down for a little one-on-one with the viewers, answering a wide assortment and large number of viewer questions. He also demonstrates the upcoming new version of the Category5 TV mobile site using an iPad.

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  • S04E45
  • August 2, 2011

Technology Makes Its Way to Cottage Country

Robbie Ferguson visits with Silver Beach Developments' Gerry Kowalski to discuss their involvement in getting technologies such as high-speed Internet and zoned heating/cooling systems into Haliburton, Ontario. Hillary Rumball reviews the incredible Liquid Image MX video camera mask, and gets muddy doing it.

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  • S04E44
  • July 26, 2011

CyberPower GreenPower UPS

Robbie and Christa take a look at the CyberPower GreenPower UPS, an economical battery backup with higher-end features such as a full LCD display, better-than-average surge protection, a $500,000 Connected Equipment Guarantee, and cost saving, environmentally friendly features. A large assortment of viewer questions this week as well.

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  • S04E43
  • July 19, 2011

Celebrating 12,000 Minutes of Category5 TV

Robbie Ferguson is joined in studio by Christa Wells, Eric Kidd, Carrie Webb and Jodi Krangle to look back at 200 episodes of Category5 TV.

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  • S04E42
  • July 12, 2011

Linux Distros - Part 3: CrunchBang Linux

Robbie introduces CrunchBang Linux, a hacker-esque distro based on Debian and featuring the ultra-fast OpenBox window manager.

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  • S04E41
  • July 5, 2011

Linux Distros - Part 2: Zorin OS 5 Free

Robbie and Christa take a look at Zorin OS 5 Free, an exceptional Linux distribution, especially for users wanting to migrate from Windows or Mac to Linux.

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  • S04E40
  • June 28, 2011

Linux Distros - Part 1: PCLinuxOS 2011.6

Robbie and Christa begin our new series taking a look at an assortment of Linux distributions, starting with PCLinuxOS 2011.6 with KDE.

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  • S04E39
  • June 21, 2011

Creating Screencast Tutorials on Linux

Robbie and Christa answer a ton of viewer questions and have a great time doing so, and then show you how to record and produce your own screencast tutorials on Linux using an assortment of free tools.

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  • S04E38
  • June 14, 2011

Ubuntu Unity Replacements

Robbie and Christa take a look at scaling video to fill the frame in OpenShot Video Editor, and offer a couple viable alternatives to Ubuntu's default Unity desktop.

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  • S04E37
  • June 7, 2011

Free Video Editing in Linux

Robbie demonstrates the free OpenShot video editing software, which brings non-linear editing, 3D titles and effects to Linux.

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  • S04E36
  • May 31, 2011

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Robbie and Christa go through a handful of viewer questions, and say hello to viewers from all over the world.

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  • S04E35
  • May 24, 2011

Web Development - Part 12

Robbie finishes off the web development series with Search Engine Optimization, and offers a free online tool for Search Engine Submission.

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  • S04E34
  • May 17, 2011

Web Development - Part 11

Robbie fixes the footer of the web site and slices the HTML file out into PHP includes. A handful of viewer questions are answered and new chances to obtain Viewer Points are introduced.

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  • S04E33
  • May 10, 2011

Web Development - Part 10

Robbie adds Lorem Ipsum placeholder text and some padding to the site layout. Several viewer questions are answered this episode, and two more viewers win 100 points for wearing a cardigan.

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  • S04E32
  • May 3, 2011

Web Development - Part 9

Robbie fixes the z-index issue from last week, and finishes off the main layout of the site as he and Christa continue the Web Development series.

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  • S04E31
  • April 26, 2011

Web Development - Part 8

Robbie and Christa continue coding their new web site by placing the Polaroid photograph and beginning the placement of the submenu below the woodgrain. Learn about absolute positioning in CSS and how to use margins to position an element within a container.

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  • S04E30
  • April 19, 2011

Web Development - Part 7

Robbie interviews Loudon Owen, the chairman at i4i and discusses the US Supreme Court lawsuit against Microsoft and what it means for patent holders. Robbie and Christa continue their series on web site development, and we learn how to center text using CSS, and place image elements by both HTML and CSS.

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  • S04E29
  • April 12, 2011

Web Development - Part 6

Robbie and Christa battle a failing broadcast server, but entertain you none the less as they integrate the Google Font API into the web site.

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  • S04E28
  • April 5, 2011

Web Site Development - Part 5

The menu is ready to go and Robbie and Christa get moving into the actual site layout and begin implementing the woodgrain area.

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  • S04E27
  • March 29, 2011

Web Site Development - Part 4

Robbie and Christa continue coding the web site and teach us how to add specifically-sized top margins to our site and place our logo and menu elements using CSS floats.

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  • S04E26
  • March 22, 2011

Web Site Development - Part 3

Robbie teaches us how to reduce the filesize of our polaroid PNG file, and then gets started coding the site itself. We learn the very basics of what our site will need for CSS, and start coding the layout itself.

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  • S04E25
  • March 15, 2011

Web Site Development - Part 2

Graphic Designer Christa Wells returns and Robbie puts Photoshop up against the GiMP as they both use their respective software to slice the web site Christa mocked up on last week's show.

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  • S04E24
  • March 8, 2011

Web Site Development - Part 1

Robbie is joined by graphic designer Christa Wells to begin the series about Web Site Development. In this first part of the series, Christa demonstrates the creativity required to create the design of a professional looking web site.

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  • S04E23
  • March 1, 2011

Restoring from a Bare Metal Backup with Clonezilla

Robbie uses the free Clonezilla tool to restore a full backup of your entire hard drive, bringing your computer back to its previous state, including the drive's data and files.

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  • S04E22
  • February 22, 2011

Bare Metal Backups with Clonezilla

Robbie uses the free Clonezilla tool to create a full backup of your entire hard drive.

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  • S04E21
  • February 15, 2011

Creating Mosaic Images

Robbie demonstrates how to create a mosaic image: one big image comprised of thousands of tiny images, using free software on Linux.

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  • S04E20
  • February 8, 2011

Surge Protection

Robbie explains what some of the on-the-box features mean when comparison shopping for good surge protection, and then compares eight different devices from a variety of price points to help us understand how to choose the best protection for the price.

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  • S04E19
  • February 1, 2011

Becoming a Blogger

Setup your own WordPress blog and get blogging with your own web site URL provided for free from WordPress.

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  • S04E18
  • January 25, 2011

Internet Broadcasting 101

An in-depth look at live streaming, along with representatives from Telestream (the makers of Wirecast 4), Filippa Hasselstrom and Christine Porter. Robbie and Hillary host an informative, practical discussion about how live video streaming on the Internet is revolutionizing media and video content delivery.

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  • S04E17
  • January 18, 2011


Robbie teaches us how to share our keyboard and mouse with multiple computers (Linux, Mac or Windows) using the free Synergy Software.

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  • S04E16
  • January 11, 2011

Drum Beats on Linux

Hillary joined Robbie and Eric in studio, and we learn to create professional sounding drum beats on Linux using the free Hydrogen step sequencer. A lot of viewer questions were asked and answered, giving us a plethora of topics for Episode 173.

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  • S04E15
  • January 4, 2011

Miro Internet TV

Robbie demonstrates Miro Internet TV - a great tool for Mac, Windows or Linux that lets you obtain and watch the top quality Internet TV shows. Also, a tour of the new Category5.TV web site is provided, along with a cool web-based tool that sorts your text lists for you.

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  • S04E14
  • December 28, 2010

VirtualBox 4.0 and Time Tracking on Gnome

Robbie demonstrates how to install VirtualBox 4.0 on Linux, and also shows a cool Gnome Applet called Hamster, which allows you to track your time on Linux.

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  • S04E13
  • December 21, 2010

Zimbra Desktop

Installing Zimbra Desktop on Ubuntu Linux and using it as an Email Client with Calendar and Social Media.

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  • S04E12
  • December 14, 2010

Turnkey Linux LAMP Stack

Deploying a Turnkey Linux server in a fraction of the time of a traditional server installation.

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  • S04E11
  • December 7, 2010

Basic Photo Manipulation - Part 9

Robbie demonstrates a simple technique to creating glossy web buttons from any photo using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program.

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  • S04E10
  • November 30, 2010

Planet Calypso Society of Viewers

Robbie's wife had the baby, and Robbie has been working hard to take care of his family. In a surprise that the show was even able to go live, Robbie, Eric and Hillary pull a show together just for fun. In the course of the show, Robbie demonstrates how new Planet Calypso players can join the Category5 TV Viewers Society in the game to participate in events together.

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  • S04E09
  • November 23, 2010

The DD-WRT Router Firmware

Robbie covered a lot of interesting Pogoplug-related questions, such as how to mount the Pogoplug as a drive in Linux and Windows, and what cool ways you could use Pogoplug to protect and share your data. Our main feature is all about DD-WRT--from selecting which router to buy based on the type of DD-WRT firmware you wish to use, to actually installing and running the firmware.

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  • S04E08
  • November 16, 2010

Basic Photo Manipulation - Part 8

During this episode, we look at how to crop images in The GNU Image Manipulation Program. In particular, we focus on Hugin-generated panoramas, but the method transcends the demonstration. We also talk about setting up shared folders on the Pogoplug, and how to mount CD/DVD ISO images using a handy GUI application on Linux.

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  • S04E07
  • November 9, 2010

Running Planet Calypso on Old Hardware

Robbie demonstrates how to get Planet Calypso working on old hardware. Hillary Rumball returns to the show in the role of News Correspondent, directly from school. We take more qualifiers for the upcoming draw for the Brother MFC-J615W all-in-one printer.

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  • S04E06
  • November 2, 2010

Basic Photo Manipulation - Part 7

Learn a simple technique that will enhance any color photograph using the free graphic editing software, The GiMP. We're also pushing our Canadian viewers to get their ballots in for a brand new Brother MFC-J615W all-in-one printer, answer a lot of viewer questions, and welcome back rdstreets following his open heart surgery.

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  • S04E05
  • October 26, 2010

Free Multi-Track Audio Studio Software

The Halloween Special: Lieutenant Commander Robbie Ferguson joins Left Wing player Eric Kidd to talk about the free multi-track audio studio software, Jokosher. A brief talk about the disposable mentality of our society and how retailers are trying to force it on us. Answering a slew of viewer questions.

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  • S04E04
  • October 19, 2010

Home Office Organization with Brother Canada

Marc Ruel joins us from Brother Canada to help us understand how we can keep ourselves organized in our home or small business office. Qualifying users to win a Brother MFC-J615W printer. Scanning and printing directly to the iPad / iPod Touch / iPhone or Android device. Seagate hard drives and firmware updates. Reloading the menu items on your Gnome Linux application menu without having to reboot. Profanity delay on the cheap for radio. Will Linux users be excited, or upset about BBC Radio's new HD audio? Online tracking companies and advertisers are using Facebook apps to mine user data for their purposes. Oracle confirms their plans to continue development of the free OpenOffice.org Suite. Ubuntu Linux provides touch-screen features similar to the iPad.

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  • S04E03
  • October 12, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10 in VirtualBox

Installing Ubuntu 10.10 in a Virtual Machine using VirtualBox. Software to rip DVDs. Google invents a car that drives itself. 200 hackers took out Spain's Copyright Protection web site in a pro-BitTorrent campaign. Apple has been ordered to pay $200 million. Pogoplug Pro is now available.

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  • S04E02
  • October 5, 2010

Twitter and You

Setting up your very own Twitter account. RAID0 vs. RAID1. BlackBerry backups. Software suggestions when imaging your hard drive to a new device. Jot wins some Nanodots. Attendees at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference have voted to abolish Adobe's PDF standard. The FAA plans to offer grants for Spaceports. Google is resorting to old-school tactics to make the Internet faster: image compression. Planet Calypso is stepping things up for online gamers with new hovercrafts, motorboats, and a secure in-game voice chat system.

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  • S04E01
  • September 28, 2010

Data Security

Data security and keeping your private information safe when disposing of or selling your computer. Increasing the size of a VirtualBox harddrive. nVIDIA GeForce vs. Quadro. Shares in Research in Motion dropped today following yesterday's announcement of their iPad alternative, the PlayBook. Browser Sync Service Xmarks to Shut Down. Dr. Mark Wright is using his position as city councilor to fight the good fight on behalf for Open Source software in Bristol City, UK. Twitter's latest exploit redirected users to offensive web sites. Gallium has introduced its DirectX 10/11 implementation for Linux.

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