• Episode 366
  • September 23, 2014

From Studio C to Studio D

Hillary and Robbie pack up Studio C and get everything ready to move to Studio D, and show you the work it took to get there. Journey with us through a renovation that will take Category5 to the next level in its new studio space for Season 8.

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  • Episode 365
  • September 16, 2014

WordFence Security Plugin for WordPress

We continue our series on WordPress self-administration and secure up our blog by tweaking the settings of WordFence, which we installed on Episode 358.

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  • Episode 364
  • September 9, 2014

Trying Linux with LiLi

Robbie and Hillary answer viewer questions, demonstrating how to go about installing (or just trying) Linux on a netbook without a CD drive by using a USB flash drive created with a free tool on Windows.

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  • Episode 363
  • September 2, 2014

Updating WordPress

Robbie and Kelsey take you through the steps of updating a self-maintained WordPress blog, and what that's important.

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  • Episode 362
  • August 26, 2014

Numpty Physics

For those who draw like three year olds but love a good physics puzzle, Numpty Physics is for you! For some nostalgia, Robbie and Sasha take a look at a genuine View-Master, complete with slides from the 1940s.

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  • Episode 361
  • August 19, 2014

Having Fun in the Linux Terminal

Robbie and Sasha play games, run trains, and make ASCII cows tell jokes, but then sit down for a movie and an episode of Category5 TV made entirely of ASCII characters.

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  • Episode 360
  • August 12, 2014

Using VLC to Stream Live Video to Your LAN

Robbie demonstrates how to use VLC to stream a live video stream (a webcam in our demo) over RTSP using nothing more than VLC on Linux.

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  • Episode 359
  • August 5, 2014

The Largest Unboxing Ever: Neiman Machinery's Geka IronWorker Machines

Robbie visits Neiman Machinery in Newmarket, Ontario to observe the unboxing of a freighter full of Geka IronWorker machines from Spain. An assortment of viewer questions are also answered.

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  • Episode 358
  • July 29, 2014

Securing WordPress

WordPress has a bad rap for security because users simply don't know how to firm up the security. So we show you four easy-to-use plugins to add to WordPress which protect your blog from hackers, spammers, and other bad people (or bots).

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  • Episode 357
  • July 22, 2014

Starting a Blog with WordPress

Robbie sets up cheap web hosting and installs WordPress for Sasha to start a blog. They also discuss her experience so far in using Linux on her personal laptop.

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  • Episode 356
  • July 15, 2014

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Robbie and Eric dive into a massive mailbag, discuss pronunciation and generally goof around for a time that's funner than an extra hour in the ball pit.

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  • Episode 355
  • July 8, 2014

DIY Instant Messenger Service

Using Turnkey Linux to deploy an instant messenger service that you control, powered exclusively by Linux and other free software.

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  • Episode 354
  • July 1, 2014

Creating Visual Memes

Promote your product, web site, blog, or brand by sharing graphical memes that catch people's eye in their social media timelines.

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  • Episode 353
  • June 24, 2014

Going Green ... with Chromakey

Robbie and Sasha unbox and setup a green screen, and then build a virtual set shot in Telestream Wirecast Pro for live chromakey.

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  • Episode 352
  • June 17, 2014

Beltone First Hearing Aids

Hillary and Robbie discuss Beltone First hearing aids with Frank Skubski of Beltone Canada. A sophisticated Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid controlled by your iDevice.

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  • Episode 351
  • June 10, 2014

The iPhone Case with 22 Tools

Upgrade your iPhone 5/5S to include 22 tools with an incredible, lightweight and slim multi-tool protective case, perfect for biking or outdoor adventures. We always have our phones with us, so make it an all-in-one tool!

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  • Episode 350
  • June 3, 2014

Fix Your Broken Linux with chroot

Robbie's Linux kernel is missing and he can't boot. Use chroot to fix problems like this, or to reinstall grub, or anything else that requires a bootable computer.

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  • Episode 349
  • May 27, 2014

Celebrating Nerdiness

Our new music video "Nerdy" debuted. We also welcomed the head developer of Stunt Rally, Crystal Hammer onto the show to discuss his awesome racing game, which is available for free on Windows and Linux.

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  • Episode 348
  • May 20, 2014

Stunt Rally 2.3

Robbie and Erika take a look at the latest version of this exciting stunt racing video game, which is absolutely free for both Windows and Linux.

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  • Episode 347
  • May 13, 2014

Getting Deep into PasswordBox

Robbie and Sasha speak with Security Engineer, Fran├žois Proulx from PasswordBox about the intricacies of how the platform works, and how the PasswordBox team works to protect our passwords through their secure service.

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  • Episode 346
  • May 6, 2014

The Perfect Cup of Tea

You don't necessarily need a $13,000 tea machine to make the perfect cup of tea! We also answer a wide assortment of viewer questions from viewers around the world.

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  • Episode 345
  • April 29, 2014

Behind CDNJS

Get to know two of the people behind CDNJS: Ryan Kirkman and Thomas Davis. Their service allows web developers to build faster web sites, and it's free.

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  • Episode 344
  • April 22, 2014

Viewer Question Extravaganza

The viewer questions have been coming in at full force, so we've bumped our features back and dedicated an entire show to your viewer questions. Topics ranging from VirtualBox to making Facebook not burn your retinas at night.

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  • Episode 343
  • April 15, 2014

Heartbleed, Free Batteries, and a Viewer Question Extravaganza

Robbie and Kelsey discuss what you need to know about Heartbleed, and answer a slew of viewer questions. Also announcing our Earth Day contest: win a year supply of Eco Alkalines batteries.

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  • Episode 342
  • April 8, 2014

Farewell, Windows XP

Replacing Windows XP with Windows 7 may be costly, but we offer you many free options to look at: Q4OS, Point Linux, Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Zorin OS.

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  • Episode 341
  • April 1, 2014

Add USB Charge Ports to Your Wall Receptacles

We welcome Bailey J Thompson to the show and look at NewerTechnology's Power2U electrical receptacle, which adds two 2.5A USB charging ports to an otherwise standard power outlet.

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  • Episode 340
  • March 25, 2014

Viewer Question Extravaganza

The mailbag is full, so Robbie and Erika tackle viewer questions about Wirecast, GRUB, VortexBox, webcams that seem really dark, and mounting ISO images directly on VirtualBox. It's a Viewer Question Extravaganza! The only rule is that you run the show.

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  • Episode 339
  • March 18, 2014

Photo Touchups in Photoshop and GIMP

Robbie and Christa take a look at making photos look better using Photoshop, and then see if the free GNU Image Manipulation Program can do the same. Also featuring Hillary Rumball.

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  • Episode 338
  • March 11, 2014

Building a VortexBox

Making CD/DVD/Blu-Ray ripping a breeze by building a system to do all your ripping and tagging for you automatically.

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  • Episode 337
  • March 4, 2014

Move Your Linux /home Folder to Another Drive (And Why You'd Want To)

Learn a few of the most obvious reasons you'd want to move your /home folder onto a different hard drive, and then a step-by-step tutorial on how to actually do it.

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  • Episode 336
  • February 25, 2014

1080p Webcam Battle: Microsoft LifeCam Studio vs. Logitech C920

There are a few webcams that claim to be 1080p, and we put two of the main ones head-to-head in a broadcast battle. The winner is an obvious one.

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  • Episode 335
  • February 18, 2014

Create a TrueType Font With Your Own Handwriting

As a followup to Episode 102 (233 weeks ago), Robbie's sons (6 and 3) review how to create a font from our own handwriting. Welcoming Kelsey Jensen to the team.

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  • Episode 334
  • February 11, 2014

How We Do That

Learn how it all comes together at Category5 TV as Sasha Dirmeitis walks you through a full studio tour. Robbie also tackles a handful of viewer questions following the tour.

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  • Episode 333
  • February 4, 2014

Creating Space Scenes with the GIMP

Learn to create photo-realistic style space scenes using the free GIMP image editing software for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

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  • Episode 332
  • January 28, 2014

Manage Your Passwords and Protect Your Digital Legacy

Robbie and Sasha discuss CES 2014's "Best Mobile App", PasswordBox with Maeghan Smulders. An app for Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile that does much more than your average password manager.

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  • Episode 331
  • January 21, 2014

Viewer Question Extravaganza

The mailbag is full, and you control the show. We launch the Merch Store and answer questions about Linux on servers and laptops, vishing, bash script memory leaks, WYSIWYG web site editing on Linux, getting a job, the coldest day of the year and a new Linux flavor to replace Windows XP.

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  • Episode 330
  • January 14, 2014

Nikon Firmware Hacking with Simeon Pilgrim from Nikon Hacker

Improve the feature set of your Nikon DSLR with Nikon Hacker. Enable better video features and make your cheap camera work more like the expensive model.

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  • Episode 329
  • January 7, 2014

Extending GIMP's Filter Set

Increasing the professional-quality filters available in the free GNU Image Manipulation Program is easy, especially on Linux. Learn how to install and use two awesome add-ons: FX Foundry and G'MIC.

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  • Episode 328
  • December 31, 2013

Building a Collaborative Writing Server

Building a Debian server with node.js and etherpad-lite to allow realtime collaborative writing and editing of text.

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  • Episode 327
  • December 24, 2013

Fake Support Call Scammers

Robbie and Sasha speak with Dale Pearson from Subliminal Hacking about the fake support caller scams that are plaguing the world right now, not caring whether you're on Windows, Linux or Mac.

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  • Episode 326
  • December 17, 2013

Using PHP to Read the Contents of a Folder

Robbie starts the development of a PHP tool to read all MIDI files from a folder and play them.

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  • Episode 325
  • December 10, 2013

ESET Endpoint Solutions

Special guest, Bill Mylchreest from ESET joins us to discuss the current state of viruses and security, and how ESET works not only to protect, but to educate its users.

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  • Episode 324
  • December 3, 2013

Introducing Telestream Wirecast 5

Taking a first look at the latest major release of Telestream Wirecast.

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  • Episode 323
  • November 26, 2013

Choosing a Fast DNS Server with DNS Jumper

Improving the perceived speed of your Internet may be as simple as choosing a faster DNS server. DNS Jumper helps you determine the fastest DNS server for your network.

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  • Episode 322
  • November 19, 2013

Creating a Music Player Server on Linux

Build a browser-accessible music playback server using Music Player Daemon on Linux, perfect for home or business use.

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  • Episode 321
  • November 12, 2013

Making Windows 8/8.1 Look and Feel Like Windows 7

Not a big fan of the new "start screen" on Windows 8? We'll show you how to return the traditional Start Menu to the latest version of Microsoft's desktop operating system.

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  • Episode 320
  • November 5, 2013

Testing Your Web Applications on Windows 8.1 in Linux

We take you through the process of obtaining a free Windows 8.1 virtual machine to deploy via VirtualBox in order to test your web applications or web sites for compatibility and UX.

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  • Episode 319
  • October 29, 2013

Installing a Free Backup Service on Linux

On our cosplay special, Robbie and Sasha reveal a feature-packed backup tool from Idera: the same people who brought us Linux HotCopy.

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  • Episode 318
  • October 22, 2013

Solidifying Passwords by Understanding Entropy

Make your password much more challenging for computer programs to brute force by taking entropy into account when planning out your password. Don't worry, we explain in easy-to-grasp terms.

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  • Episode 317
  • October 15, 2013

Virus Advisory: CryptoLocker

Adam Kujawa from Malwarebytes joins us to discuss what is possibly the most devastating computer virus of recent years, and how we can protect ourselves from it.

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  • Episode 316
  • October 8, 2013

SAVVIS (CenturyLink) and the Cloud

Robbie and Hillary speak with Dave Shacochis from SAVVIS (now CenturyLink Technology Solutions) about their recent partnership with VMWare and what it means to users of their services.

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  • Episode 315
  • October 1, 2013

Viewer Question Extravaganza, and Vegemite

Robbie and Rachel dump out the mailbag and answer a plethora of interesting viewer questions from around the world, and partake of some Australian cuisine.

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