• Episode 418
  • September 22, 2015

Down With Ink Cartridges

Taking a look at the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank Wi-Fi enabled printer: a feature-packed all-in-one that does away with ink cartridges and instead allows you to refill ink reservoirs as needed. We'll also set it up on Linux over Wi-Fi to show that while Linux isn't listed on the box, the ET-4550 works great.

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  • Episode 417
  • September 15, 2015

A Camera Quadcopter Drone for Under $100

Get started in drone flight with some great suggestions from the Category5 team! The sub-$100 option we look at this week features a 720p video camera and flies like a dream.

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  • Episode 416
  • September 8, 2015

Raspberry Pi Music Server - Part 2

Using the free Volumio operating system, we'll turn a Raspberry Pi 2 into a feature-rich music server complete with NAS and USB access to files for our music library, playlist capabilities and a sleek interface which can be accessed from your computer, smartphone or tablet.

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  • Episode 415
  • September 1, 2015

Converting a Laptop Hard Drive into an External Hard Drive

Robbie removes the hard drive from a broken laptop and turns it into a USB 3.0/eSATA external hard drive with a simple, affordable enclosure. Learn some of the basics of the internal components of your laptop computer, and how to remove, replace or reuse the built-in hard drive.

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  • Episode 414
  • August 25, 2015

Raspberry Pi Music Server - Part 1

We're building a music server that fits in your pocket. Robbie and Sasha kick off our 3-part Raspberry Pi Music Server series with a Pi 2 kit that gets us started with the build.

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  • Episode 413
  • August 18, 2015

Google Analytics Fundamentals - Part 1

Robbie and Erika introduce our series on Google Analytics, and how to use it to track web site visitors and generate helpful reports. This data can be used to show you where you're going wrong (or right) with your web site, and help you focus who your web site reaches and cater to your vistors better.

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  • Episode 412
  • August 11, 2015

Recovering a Lost root User Password on Linux

One of the worst things that can happen to a sysadmin is losing or forgetting their root password. The feeling of powerlessness alone can cause feelings of extreme confusion. Robbie will show you an easy way to recover your root account even if you can't remember the password.

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  • Episode 411
  • August 4, 2015

Solar Power, The GoPro Killer, 3D Binaural Mic and a Teeny Drone, Oh My!

This year's Cottage Special is a mad test of the power of LTE Internet service as Robbie presents not one, not two, but FOUR product review segments! Charge your phone using solar power, a look at the SJCAM SJ4000 WiFI ActionCam, a cheap binaural audio mic rig and a quadcopter you can crash hundreds of times and it'll keep on flying. Don't miss this fun-filled show from the heart of the Haliburton forest.

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  • Episode 410
  • July 28, 2015

Beltone: Innovation in Hearing Aid Technology

Learn all about what's new in hearing assistance technology: from a wireless mic you can hand to a speaker to an app for your Apple Watch that controls your environment, Frank Skubski (Beltone Canada) returns to talk about what's new to help those experiencing hearing loss.

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  • Episode 409
  • July 21, 2015

Unboxing the James Donkey 007 Modular Gaming Mouse

We unveil the up and coming James Donkey 007 mouse: a sleek, high-end gaming (or graphic design) mouse with adjustable a 8400DPI resolution laser, high-quality switches, and a modular design that lets you change the configuration of the mouse with 54 different combinations.

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  • Episode 408
  • July 14, 2015

Video Drones with Henry Baillie-Brown

Henry Baillie-Brown (Air Support Aerial Photography) stops by Studio D to discuss video drones, how the technology is evolving, and how this change in technology has allowed companies like his to rise up and enhance industries such as extreme sports and real estate tours.

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  • Episode 407
  • July 7, 2015

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Our viewers have supplied us with a plethora of questions and some great comments, with topics like: NFS vs SMB/CIFS, Installing unRAID using Linux, Weather Forecast for Space, Free E-Book Each Day, Is it MB or Emby vs. Plex? and Choosing a UPS Battery backup.

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  • Episode 406
  • June 30, 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Hand-Face-Kelsey

Robbie and Kelsey set out to replicate a similar visual effect to an artistic picture sent to us by a viewer--but we'll do it using nothing but free software.

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  • Episode 405
  • June 23, 2015

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 9: PHP Includes

Learn to include() PHP files within other PHP files in order to reduce redundant coding and make it easier to share functions across your whole codebase.

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  • Episode 404
  • June 16, 2015

Yappn: The Universal Translator for E-Commerce

David Lucatch, CEO of Yappn.com joins us to discuss their realtime translation service, making e-commerce, social media and customer support truly universal and breaking down the language barriers between 67 world languages.

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  • Episode 403
  • June 9, 2015

unRAID 6

Jon Panozzo from Lime Technology joins us to discuss unRAID 6. Now much more than a NAS, unRAID 6 offers full virtualization and Docker apps on your unRAID system, allowing you to utilize the power of your system more than any other NAS.

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  • Episode 402
  • June 2, 2015

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 8: Our First PHP Function

Robbie shows us how a PHP Function can be used not only to save redundant input in your PHP code, but also to do something intelligent. In our live example, we write a code to detect whether an array has just one or multiple items, and output verbiage to suit.

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  • Episode 401
  • May 26, 2015

Visualizing What's Eating Your Hard Drive Space

We'll use a great tool to offer an interactive visual representation of the space usage on our hard drive, making it easy to pinpoint space wasters and destroy them. Works in Linux (via wine) and Windows (natively).

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  • Episode 400
  • May 19, 2015

Backyard BBQ Bash

In celebration of 400 weeks of Category5 Technology TV, Robbie hosted a Backyard BBQ Bash, slow smoking burgers and ribs over charcoal and apple wood. Catch up with the crew and find out what keeps them coming back week after week.

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  • Episode 399
  • May 12, 2015

Creating a Custom Stamp with Handwriting

Sasha sets out to create a stamp to save her time when waitressing. Some GIMP tricks are exploited to create a good stamp using the Staples Business Depot service. We also talk a fair bit about autonomous vehicles, with conversations sparked by Sasha's news stories.

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  • Episode 398
  • May 5, 2015

The Jabberwocky Episode

How to fix annoying (upside down) PDF files, installing and using a script on GIMP to "tear" portions of your image with a single button press, computer backups, backups for WordPress, Knoppix menu items, microphone control from the Linux terminal and Robbie looks like a participant from BBC One's MasterChef Season 11.

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  • Episode 397
  • April 28, 2015

Moving a WordPress Site to a New Web Host

Our viewer, alphaomega, wanted to know how to move a WordPress site, so we'll show you! Whether you have administrator access or not, we'll take two different approaches to this surprisingly easy task. Also, Dennis Kelley visited Penguicon in Michigan and had a chat with Jason Kridner about the BeagleBone Black.

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  • Episode 396
  • April 21, 2015

Mobilegeddon: What and Why

Google made a major change to their search results on mobile devices: sites that are not mobile-friendly will not show up. We'll discuss why they made this bold move, and what web designers have to do about it.

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  • Episode 395
  • April 14, 2015

Questions About Cameras (And Other Things)

We recap Saturday's event at Studio D for Deaf Access, and opening the mailbag we get through a number of viewer questions, many of which end up being about cameras.

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  • Episode 394
  • April 7, 2015

Three Viewer Questions

What happens when a Viewer Question Extravaganza turns into three detailed and informative answers? Episode 394 happens! Join us as we tackle a question about Linux installers, what lib-notify is, and how to use $_GET in PHP.

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  • Episode 393
  • March 31, 2015

World Backup Day

March 31 is World Backup Day, so we talk about what makes a backup a backup, and how you can ensure your files are protected through redundant data storage and free software (Duplicati).

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  • Episode 392
  • March 24, 2015

Create The Ultimate Slideshow from Still Images - Part 3: Slideshow Transitions

In this, the final installment of the series, Robbie further explains the parallax effect, working with a couple more pictures, and shows how you can create some really interesting and fun transitions for your final slideshow.

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  • Episode 391
  • March 17, 2015

Create The Ultimate Slideshow from Still Images - Part 2: Animating our Parallax

Learn to create an incredible "video-like" slideshow from still photographs. In Part 2 we finish off the image layers and add the enhanced parallaxing "Ken Burns" animation effect, giving added depth to our slideshow clip.

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  • Episode 390
  • March 10, 2015

Create The Ultimate Slideshow from Still Images - Part 1

Learn to create an incredible "video-like" slideshow from still photographs, starting with editing our images to enable the creation of a pseudo-parallax effect to give a real sense of depth when we move our photos around.

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  • Episode 389
  • March 3, 2015

3D Printed Limbs

We're joined by Mitch Wilkie from CBM Canada to discuss their 3D PrintAbility project which is using 3D printers to provide prosthetic limbs to children in the developing world for a small fraction of the usual cost.

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  • Episode 388
  • February 24, 2015

The Debut of Try It. Buy It.

Leading up to our Google+ Hangout, Robbie, Kelsey and Sasha welcome Carrie Webb to Studio D and premiere the new show from Category5 TV, "Try It. Buy It."

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  • Episode 387
  • February 17, 2015

YouTube Comment Special

Robbie and Sasha pull up YouTube and read through some of the most recent comments on our YouTube channels.

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  • Episode 386
  • February 10, 2015

Viewer Question/Comment Extravaganza

Robbie and Sasha crack into a mailbag full of not just questions, but comments and suggestions. We also review the unlocking of the Samsung phone, and finish activating the Pay As You Go service.

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  • Episode 385
  • February 3, 2015

Unlocking a Smartphone

Robbie converts a SIM to a MicroSIM for free, and unlocks a Samsung Galaxy Core LTE (which he got for free!) for just $20. And to boot, he gets phone service for a little more than $6 per month.

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  • Episode 384
  • January 27, 2015

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Robbie and Kelsey tackle several viewer questions that have arrived lately, and Sasha covers some interesting news story, including a piece of technology that helps blind people see.

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  • Episode 383
  • January 20, 2015

Memories of Me

A digital time capsule left for your loved ones after you've gone. Hillary speaks with Kelly Lassaline, the founder of Memories of Me.

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  • Episode 382
  • January 13, 2015

Viewer Question Extravaganza

From Roku to hijack viruses, open source software for business to securely wiping an SSD hard drive with Linux, the Viewer Question Extravaganza is our chance to answer as many viewer questions as we can in the course of a single show.

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  • Episode 381
  • January 6, 2015

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 7: Basic Photo Gallery Part 3

Using PHP to automatically generate a list of images to use for our photo gallery by loading the directory contents.

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  • Episode 380
  • December 30, 2014

Completely Changing a Photo Background Without a Green Screen

Robbie uses the free GNU Image Manipulation Program to cut people out of a picture and place them on a new background.

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  • Episode 379
  • December 23, 2014

Turning an iDevice into a live camera source for Wirecast

Robbie demonstrates the new "Wirecast Cam" app that allows broadcasters to use any number of iOS 8 devices to work as live camera sources for Telestream Wirecast.

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  • Episode 378
  • December 16, 2014

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 6: Import a Google Calendar into PHP

Ever want to display current or upcoming events on your web site, based on the contents of your Google Calendar? We'll show you how to load the calendar into a PHP array so you can output it and stylize it however you like.

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  • Episode 377
  • December 9, 2014

Poieo: The Family-Friendly 3D Printer

Could it be that 3D printers have finally made their way mainstream? Poieo wants to make it happen with a kid-safe, family-friendly 3D printer available for well under $1,000.

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  • Episode 376
  • December 2, 2014

Viewer Question Extravaganza

Robbie, Christa and Sasha tackle the mailbag and answer viewer questions. We also announce our December giveaway.

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  • Episode 375
  • November 25, 2014

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 5: Basic Photo Gallery Part 2

Our PHP photo gallery is coming together with clean HTML and FancyBox 2 lightboxes.

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  • Episode 374
  • November 18, 2014

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 4: A Basic Photo Gallery

Robbie begins a multi-part lesson on how to create a basic photo gallery using PHP and an assortment of images. Through this series we'll learn how HTML and PHP interact with one another.

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  • Episode 373
  • November 11, 2014

PowToon #Slides

Robbie reveals the new #Slides application from PowToon in a comprehensive interview with PowToon's founder Ilya Spitalnik. Take your presentations to the next level with this free service.

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  • Episode 372
  • November 4, 2014

Turning a Dull Day to a Sunny Day

Using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program to add a sunny blue sky to a photo taken on a dreary day.

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  • Episode 371
  • October 28, 2014

Beginner-to-Intermediate PHP Part 3: Building a Contact Form

[A very old] Robbie takes you through how to build a contact form using PHP on our 2014 Halloween special.

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  • Episode 370
  • October 21, 2014

Building an eCommerce Store with Free Tools

Robbie demonstrates how to build your own eCommerce store using freely available software. The applications used and the skills learned transcend to clothing stores, software stores, magazine shops, merchandise stores, arts and crafts, or whatever it is you want to sell.

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  • Episode 369
  • October 14, 2014

Video Services For the Nostalgic

Robbie and Hillary take you back in time and give you access to some nostalgic video programming. From TV shows in the 80s, to music videos in the 90s. Don't miss this trip through time as we give you the tools to travel back in video time.

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  • Episode 368
  • October 7, 2014

Windows 10 [Non]Technical Preview

Robbie and Bailey boot up the Windows 10 tech preview DVD and install the OS with only a few issues out the gate. Microsoft skips over Windows 9 and brings back the start menu in their upcoming OS.

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  • Episode 367
  • September 30, 2014

Linux as a Powerful Photography Studio

On our Season 8 opener, Robbie, Erika, and Sasha take their digital photography to the next level with a DSLR, a Linux machine, and the incredible Darktable software.

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