• Episode 261
  • September 18, 2012

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Robbie and Christa go through the mail bag and offer answers to a wide variety of viewer questions; from how we use Skype for interviews to obtaining a web design template.

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  • Episode 260
  • September 11, 2012

H+ The Digital Series

Robbie and Hillary talk to John Cabrera, creator of H+ The Digital Series about the show, and the direction media is going with online-only programming.

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  • Episode 259
  • September 4, 2012

Hands-Free Computer Control Using a Webcam

Introducing Sasha Dirmeitis and controlling the computer using head movement and a cheap webcam.

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  • Episode 258
  • August 28, 2012

Setting up Knoppix as a Hobbyist Linux Distro

Robbie and Eric answer viewer questions and launch Knoppix as a hobbyist Linux installation running KDE, but not so much with Gnome 3.

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  • Episode 257
  • August 21, 2012

Backup The Cloud with Backupify

Robbie and Christa demonstrate Backupify, an online service to backup your Google services such as Gmail and Calendar, plus Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more.

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  • Episode 256
  • August 14, 2012

Debian as a LAMP Server Virtual Machine

Robbie and Eric install Debian in a virtual machine and demonstrate it as an easy-to-build web server. And then they tear down the studio.

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  • Episode 255
  • August 7, 2012

Online Image Compression to Speed Up Your Web Site

Robbie and Christa take a look into the Web Developers' Toolkit to see how to compress an image to save bandwidth and improve your site's response time.

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  • Episode 254
  • July 31, 2012

New Media in Cottage Country

Silver Beach hosts Category5 for the Cottage Country Special, with a live performance by Eric Kidd and in-studio audience.

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  • Episode 253
  • July 24, 2012

Transmitting Data By Bird Song with Chirp

A new app for iDevices lets you transmit and receive photos, web links, text and more via digital "bird songs" which sound a little like R2D2. We'll see how it works.

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  • Episode 252
  • July 17, 2012

Storing Passwords in a Safe Way

Protect your data with a different strong password for each service and easily retrieve those passwords using the encrypted KeePassX software.

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  • Episode 251
  • July 10, 2012

Going Retro on Your Smartphone

Robbie and Eric demonstrate the iRetroPhone attachment for iPhone/Android/BlackBerry devices to give your smartphone a real retro feel.

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  • Episode 250
  • July 3, 2012

Protect Your Website with BlockScript

Block unwanted website traffic from bad bots and open proxies using the powerful BlockScript program on your web server.

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  • Episode 249
  • June 26, 2012

Recovering Photos from a Bad Camera Card Using Free Software

Whether you've accidentally deleted photos from your camera or have a corrupted filesystem on a camera card, learn to recover your precious photos with free software.

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  • Episode 248
  • June 19, 2012

Installing the Thermaltake Water 2.0 All-in-One LCS

Robbie and Hillary go a little over-time with a realtime installation of the Thermaltake Water 2.0 liquid cooling system in place of a stock CPU fan.

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  • Episode 247
  • June 12, 2012

Viewer Question Extravaganza and a Liquid Cooling System

Robbie and Hillary take on your viewer questions and unbox the Thermaltake Water 2.0 Liquid Cooling System.

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  • Episode 246
  • June 5, 2012

Saving Money Using Technology - Part 3: Reducing Power Consumption

Using web-based software, hardware and even your SmartMeter to reduce your power consumption and save money.

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  • Episode 245
  • May 29, 2012

The Web Developer's Online Toolkit

Robbie opens up his online web development toolkit and shows you what's inside, and how to use some of the tools.

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  • Episode 244
  • May 22, 2012

Saving Money Using Technology - Part 2: The Sub-$100 Multimedia Center

Looking at the AIOS HD Media Center, which provides full HD video, music, BitTorrent client and more in a device that is commonly available for under $100.

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  • Episode 243
  • May 15, 2012

Saving Money Using Technology - Part 1: Never Pay a Phone Bill Again

Have you ever been skeptical of the magicJack? Robbie is. So he set out to do a little myth-busting and gets to the bottom of whether we can really save $1000 on our phone bill. Per year.

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  • Episode 242
  • May 8, 2012

Free Image Editing with GIMP 2.8

Robbie and Eric show you how to install GIMP 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04, and introduce you to an assortment of the new features.

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  • Episode 241
  • May 1, 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 - Linux for Human Beings

Robbie and Erika take a look at Ubuntu 12.04, the latest long term support release of the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

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  • Episode 240
  • April 24, 2012

Instagram: Love It or Leave It

Robbie and Rachel show you how to download all your Instagram pictures so you can close your account, or just to back them up.

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  • Episode 239
  • April 17, 2012

Pump Up The Volume

Robbie and Hillary look at the iFrogz BOOST Near-Field Audio speaker and answer a slew of viewer questions.

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  • Episode 238
  • April 10, 2012

Viewer Question Extravaganza - Overdrive Edition

Robbie and Eric attack a full inbox with the first ever "Overdrive" edition of Viewer Question Extravaganza, answering a non-stop array of your questions.

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  • Episode 237
  • April 3, 2012

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Robbie and Eric work through a slew of viewer questions, give away a copy of Telestream Wirecast and announce our Earth Day giveaway contest. Eric also plays a live set of original songs.

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  • Episode 236
  • March 27, 2012

Telestream Wirecast and 1080p

Robbie and Erika take you for the first-ever on-air tour of the Category5 TV studio, and introduce you to the powerful broadcast software Telestream Wirecast.

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  • Episode 235
  • March 20, 2012

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 2: Counting with PHP

We're learning to program web applications on Category5 TV, and this week Robbie and Hillary take you through a while() statement in PHP to count up from zero.

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  • Episode 234
  • March 13, 2012

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 1: The Magic of the PHP Array

Robbie and Rachel teach you how to create a PHP array and use foreach() to loop through the array and output images to the browser window.

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  • Episode 233
  • March 6, 2012

Easy Game Installation on Linux Using DJL

Robbie and Eric demonstrate DJL, a Linux alternative to Valve's "Steam" software to make video game installation a breeze on Linux.

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  • Episode 232
  • February 28, 2012

Free Software Alternatives

Robbie and Christa demonstrate the GNU Image Manipulation Program and LibreOffice as viable alternatives to their expensive counterparts, available for Windows, Linux or Mac computers.

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  • Episode 231
  • February 21, 2012

Monitoring Your Web Sites and Servers For Free

Robbie and Hillary demonstrate how to setup service monitoring using the free Uptime Robot service, allowing you to see when your web site, server or service is up or down.

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  • Episode 230
  • February 14, 2012

Creating a Headless VirtualBox Server

Robbie and Rachel demonstrate how to create a headless virtualization platform using free software, and test the Microsoft Lifecam Studio 1080p webcam in Telestream Wirecast.

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  • Episode 229
  • February 7, 2012

Controlling Your Computer with an iDevice

Robbie and Eric show you how to control your computer with an iDevice and freely available VNC software.

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  • Episode 228
  • January 31, 2012

Controlling Your Computer with Your Head

Robbie and Hillary demonstrate an amazing piece of technology for ergonomic or accessible use which allows you to control your computer's mouse by simply moving your head.

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  • Episode 227
  • January 24, 2012

Freeplay Human Powered Devices

Robbie and Eric take a look at a handful of the awesome flashlights in the Freeplay product catalogue. Never change a light bulb or battery again!

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  • Episode 226
  • January 17, 2012

Creating a Desktop Wallpaper for Linux with GIMP

Robbie and Rachel demonstrate how to create a simple desktop wallpaper for your Linux machine.

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  • Episode 225
  • January 10, 2012

Changing Photo Backgrounds Using the GIMP

Robbie and Hillary show you how to use the free GNU Image Manipulation Program to remove and replace the background in a photograph to make a Christmas photo usable throughout the year.

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  • Episode 224
  • January 3, 2012

Linux for Little Ones

Robbie and Christa show you how to setup Qimo as a session so when your young children login to your computer they are presented with a "made for kids" desktop experience.

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  • Episode 223
  • December 27, 2011

Customizing Debian for the best Linux desktop

Robbie and Eric demonstrate how to use Compiz to spice up the default Debian installation, allowing for a very fast and customizable Linux desktop.

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  • Episode 222
  • December 20, 2011

Tiling your Linux applications

Robbie and Christa introduce you to a Python script which lets you tile the windows on your Linux desktop, helping you organize your running applications and improve ergonomics.

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  • Episode 221
  • December 13, 2011

Making the Internet faster ... for free

Robbie and Rachel demonstrate how to make your Internet service faster by using different DNS servers than those supplied by your Internet Service Provider. And best of all, it's a free upgrade, and you can change it at any time if you're not satisfied.

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  • Episode 220
  • December 6, 2011

HD Video, Web Streaming and Shopping for HD

Robbie and Eric show you the difference between four different grades of consumer video camera, and explain what each is capable of.

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  • Episode 219
  • November 29, 2011

Be a smart kid - Understand and stand up against cyber bullying

Sharron-Ann Reynolds from iamaSMARTkid.org joins Robbie and Hillary to discuss how technology has changed the bully and created the cyber bully. Important information for parents, and young people alike.

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  • Episode 218
  • November 22, 2011

Linux Distros - Part 4: Linux Mint 12

Linux Mint 12 RC gives us a glimpse into the upcoming "Lisa" release of Linux Mint. Robbie and Christa also give away prizes to our draw winner as well as on Click Race.

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  • Episode 217
  • November 15, 2011

Home Office Tech with Brother Canada

Robbie and Rachel talk to Marc Ruel about technology to help the home office.

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  • Episode 216
  • November 8, 2011

The Cloud Powered by Asigra

Robbie and Eric chat with Eran Farajun from Asigra Inc. about Cloud backups and how "the cloud" relates to businesses and end users.

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  • Episode 215
  • November 1, 2011

Falling Back in Love With Ubuntu

Robbie and Hillary show you how to make Ubuntu 11.10 look more like the old-style Ubuntu with a Gnome 3 running with a Gnome 2.x-looking layout and theme.

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  • Episode 214
  • October 25, 2011

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Robbie and Christa (Spock and Paper Bag Princess) answer a slew of viewer questions in this special Viewer Question Extravaganza.

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  • Episode 213
  • October 18, 2011

Adding Textures in Photoshop (and GIMP)

Robbie and Rachel compare notes between Photoshop and the GNU Image Manipulation Program in a battle of epic proportions.

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  • Episode 212
  • October 11, 2011

Enhancing the Linux Clipboard

Robbie and Eric show you how to obtain, install and use Glipper, an excellent clipboard enhancement for Gnome.

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  • Episode 211
  • October 4, 2011

Installing Ubuntu 11.10

To kick off Season 5, Robbie and Hillary show how to install Ubuntu 11.10 Linux on your computer.

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  • Episode 210
  • September 27, 2011

A Year of Batteries and a Browser-Based Photoshop Alternative

Robbie Ferguson and Christy Burton (Van Noort) demonstrate a web-based Photoshop alternative that lets you edit images directly in your browser window with a professional image editor. Lionel Lalonde from Eco Alkalines joins the on-air team to award a year supply of eco-friendly batteries to a lucky viewer. Also, looking at a GUI front-end for lshw, a Linux tool that shows you detailed information about your computer hardware.

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