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  • Episode 470
  • September 20, 2016

Convert Raw Images to JPG on Linux

Shooting your photos in raw mode will open up a new world of tweaking to your photography and always provide you with a way to redo or correct your images, but they're hard to share. We'll use the Linux terminal to convert these images to JPG so you can quickly preview or share them.

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  • Episode 469
  • September 13, 2016

Exporting Passwords from PasswordBox

Learn to use a copy-and-paste javascript to automatically save your PasswordBox password list to a CSV file ready to be imported into another password manager--before it's too late.

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  • Episode 468
  • September 6, 2016

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Edition

Once every 50 years, we entirely drop format, dress up like characters from a TV show, and drink beer that only a nerd would buy. THIS is our Star Trek 50th Anniversary Edition of Category5 Technology TV!

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  • Episode 467
  • August 30, 2016

YouTube Questions and Comments

From scanners in Linux to Plex, from drones for government to which sci-fi shows are hot right now. You never know what our viewers will say... and you never know how we'll react.

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  • Episode 466
  • August 23, 2016

Viewer Question Extravaganza

WordPress, Action Cameras, Plex vs. plexmediaserver, rdiff-backup and BitTorrent: your questions rule the show this week as Robbie tackles a full mailbag.

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  • Episode 465
  • August 16, 2016

Power2U v2 and Restoring rdiff-backup Files

Let's look at the enhanced new version of the Power2U receptacle, which adds 2x 2.4A USB outlets to a standard wall outlet. We'll also explore a few ways to restore files from the rdiff-backup we created on previous episodes.

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  • Episode 463
  • August 3, 2016

Speak With A Geek

Grant Conyers joins us from Speakwithageek.com to discuss their unique approach to the "job site" formula, integrating a more social media-inspired platform into the search for the right job, or the right employee, all within the "geek" space.

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  • Episode 462
  • July 26, 2016

DIY Networking

Learn to craft your own network cables and wire your home or office, saving a lot of money. We'll also have a look at Jeff's toes (sorry!), show you how to turn any audio device into a Bluetooth-connected player, and fix the backup script we built last week.

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  • Episode 461
  • July 19, 2016

Linux Backups with LVM Snapshots and rdiff-backup

Now that we know how to create a Linux LVM, resize our LVM and create LVM snapshots, let's back up our system with the rdiff-backup tool.

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  • Episode 460
  • July 12, 2016

Unboxing Blitz: FPV Drones & a Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator

Nelson Hudes joins us to unbox the Star Trek: TOS Bluetooth Communicator, and we have a couple of impressive and affordable FPV drones to unveil which were sent to us for our upcoming show, The Drone Zone. You won't believe what $100 can get you these days.

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  • Episode 459
  • July 5, 2016

Plex Media Server on a Raspberry Pi 3

Stream all your movies, home videos, television shows and music to all your devices with Plex Media Server. We'll show you how to install it on a Raspberry Pi 3 micro computer, giving you a powerful little Plex Media Server for a fraction of the price of a similarly-spec'd dedicated system.

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  • Episode 458
  • June 28, 2016

Adding Another Hard Drive to a Linux LVM

Now that we've installed Linux with Logical Volume Management and learned to reduce the size of the Logical Volume, let's take the opposite approach and add another hard drive to the LVM, thereby giving ourselves more space.

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  • Episode 457
  • June 21, 2016

Layer Masks in the GIMP and Viewer Questions

Let's get back into our 20 Weeks of GIMP Tips series with Tip #14: An introduction to Layer Masks and in particular how to use them to cut a background around complex objects such as loose hair. We'll also tackle a handful of comments and questions sent to us by our YouTube subscribers, covering everything from LVM on external drives to switching your Wine installation from win64 to win32.

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  • Episode 456
  • June 14, 2016

LVM Snapshots - Alternative to Windows Volume Shadow Copy for Linux

Let's continue to learn Linux Logical Volume Management with perhaps one of the most exciting features of LVM: Snapshots. We'll teach you what it does, how it does it, and how you can utilize LVM Snapshots for your own on-the-fly backups ala Hotcopy or Volume Shadow Copy.

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  • Episode 455
  • June 7, 2016

Introduction to Logical Volume Management (LVM) in Linux

Let's learn a little about Linux's LVM in preparation for LVM Snapshot backups. With LVM Snapshots, we can run a full backup of a running system without having to take any of the running services offline.

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  • Episode 454
  • May 31, 2016

The Non-Volatile SSH Connection

Have you ever been working on a system over SSH and then lost your connection? It can be a tough situation to recover from, especially if you were in the midst of a large I/O intensive task. Robbie demonstrates a Linux tool that resolves this potential issue by allowing you to re-connect to any number of terminal sessions and pick up where you left off.

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  • Episode 453
  • May 24, 2016

Your Smartphone May Be Spying On You

Dave Jevans, VP of Mobile Security at Proofpoint joins Robbie and Jeff to discuss the state of the Android and iOS marketplaces and how malicious code is finding its way into even seemingly legitimate applications.

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  • Episode 452
  • May 17, 2016

3D Printing Will Rock The World

Industry is changing, and our guest this week believes 3D printing technology is going to help shape the future. Author of "3D Printing Will Rock The World" John Hornick, discusses the technology, the progress, the patents and the inevitable change to come.

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  • Episode 451
  • May 10, 2016

Breathing New Life Into Old Hardware: HDD vs SSD

This week we fire back up the old Laptop we installed Ubuntu Mate on, but this time we test it with a Kingston HyperX Savage SSD in place of the stock 5400RPM hard drive. The results? Nothing short of astonishing.

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  • Episode 450
  • May 3, 2016

Disposable, Anonymous SIM Cards and Unlocking Mobile Routers

This week we welcome Emir Aboulhosn, CEO and Founder of Otono, the company behind ZIP SIM. Imagine a cellular service that you can activate anonymously at any time, use for a set amount of time with unlimited service, and then discard. Security through anonymity is the best way to use a cell phone when traveling. We'll also unlock our Netgear MBR1516 Turbo Hub to allow us to use any provider's service on our Bell-locked LTE modem.

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  • Episode 449
  • April 26, 2016

Installing Ubuntu Mate 16.04 On Old Hardware

Linux can breathe new life into ageing computer hardware, and this week we give it a try on an old Compaq 6510b laptop which came with Windows Vista Basic.

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  • Episode 448
  • April 19, 2016

Ubuntu Mate 16.04

Ubuntu Mate's first LTS releases in 2 days and we welcome Martin Wimpress, creator of the popular distro, to discuss what Ubuntu Mate means to both novice and experienced Linux users.

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  • Episode 447
  • April 12, 2016

A Secure Flash Drive from Kingston and ESET

This week we look at a nice little flash drive from Kingston/ESET that not only protects all the files stored in its 256-bit encrypted vault from unauthorized access, but also protects the vault from malware and virus infection.

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  • Episode 446
  • April 5, 2016

Downloading YouTube Videos on Windows

Viewers who caught Episode 430 and learned to download YouTube videos on Linux have been asking us how to download them on Windows, so this is your show! We also cover in-field audio recording, and have some great news stories this week.

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  • Episode 445
  • March 29, 2016

Bluetooth Finds Your Keys and Sounds Great

This week we look at Bluetooth devices. From a slightly oversized coin device that lets you find your keys, pet, or anything else you can stick it to, to a couple pairs of astonishingly good quality wireless headphones.

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  • Episode 444
  • March 22, 2016

VR Goggles from McDonalds, Creepy Pretty Robots and Free Telephone Calls

This week we get our hands on Happy Goggles from McDonald's Sweden: a Happy Meal box that turns into a set of VR Goggles. We'll also look at a creepy, yet strangely attractive lady robot, and the latest telephone service offerings from netTALK, including their new 4G cellular service.

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  • Episode 443
  • March 15, 2016

Turn Your Stories Into Video Games

Remember when games were about storytelling? One More Story Games offers a platform to bring back choose-your-own-adventure style story-driven gameplay in a modern spin of e-book meets video game. CEO Jean Leggett joins us to discuss the platform.

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  • Episode 442
  • March 8, 2016

Build Your Own Retro Gaming Console with Raspberry Pi

Let's use a Raspberry Pi 2 to build a retro gaming console with the ability to play games from every console from the Atari 2600 to the N64 and even Sony Playstation.

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  • Episode 441
  • March 1, 2016

Minetest: A Free Minecraft Alternative

Minecraft is an insanely popular game in which you mine and refine resources in order to craft items to build structures. It inspires creativity and ingenuity, and is fun for all ages. Let's look at Minetest: one of the most complete Minecraft alternatives. It's free and open source. Featuring special guest MangleFox70 from #ThePixelShadow.

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  • Episode 440
  • February 23, 2016

Raspberry Pi LAMP Stack in 30 Minutes

Robbie has finally lost it! It's time to turn this Raspberry Pi into a Linux web server once and for all. Join Shelly Desilva and Robbie Ferguson for a fun hour in the Linux terminal.

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  • Episode 439
  • February 16, 2016

Down With Dumb Bulbs

It's 2016, yet we're all still using dumb bulbs! Now that Ilumi has released their A19 and BR30 LED light bulbs, it's time to upgrade and get in on the smart bulb bandwagon! Check out this incredible app-driven innovation that brings light to life.

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  • Episode 438
  • February 9, 2016

Expand Your Raspberry Pi Storage

We'll take a look at the very first steps to setting up Raspbian Jessie Lite on your Raspberry Pi micro computer, including making sure Raspbian gives you access to the entire MicroSD card, not just the default 1.3GB.

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  • Episode 437
  • February 2, 2016

Creating Perspective in the GIMP

Our weekly GIMP Tips series continues as Robbie demonstrates an exercise to help you learn some of the basic tools needed to create perspectives and horizons in the GIMP. Our main feature had to be delayed due to technical difficulties.

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  • Episode 436
  • January 26, 2016

LED Bulbs, Fitness Through Tech and Making Kids Fly

This week's show brings an eclectic mix of topics. We'll look at LED bulb replacements for traditional Halogen G9 bulbs, a cheaper alternative to the Fitbit for losing weight, and how to use the GIMP to make Jeff's kid fly.

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  • Episode 435
  • January 19, 2016

Zorin OS 11 - Linux for Windows Users

Looking for a Linux distro that's easy to learn for Windows users? Robbie and Shelly chat with Artyom Zorin, co-founder of The Zorin Group, creators of Zorin OS. Version 11 beta has been released, and we'll talk a bit about the history of the OS, and where it's headed.

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  • Episode 434
  • January 12, 2016

Creating a Promotional Poster in GIMP

We welcome back Eric Kidd and set out to create a promotional poster for all the gigs he's doing. We'll learn everything from RAW (NEF) images in GIMP to correcting levels and cropping for print.

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  • Episode 433
  • January 5, 2016

Raspberry Pi as a Development Web Server - Part 2

We continue setting up our Pi web server with PHP and a strong Linux firewall (CSF/LFD). We also get things going on deploying MariaDB, but haven't quite got there yet. On GIMP Tips, we look at creating gradients and how to make the edges super-smooth.

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  • Episode 432
  • December 29, 2015

Remove Undesirable Objects From a Photo

Using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program we'll learn to remove simple objects (such as a stop sign) from a picture quickly and easily.

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  • Episode 431
  • December 22, 2015

Getting Started with Soldering

To prepare for some of the exciting upcoming builds we have planned, we need to learn to solder. This week we look at the most basic project: replacing a plug on a pair of headphones. On GIMP Tips, we learn to use the Levels Tool to fix over/underexposed images.

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  • Episode 430
  • December 15, 2015

Downloading Videos from YouTube with Linux

This week we show you how to download videos from YouTube as both HD video files and MP3 audio. It's week 4 of GIMP Tips and we'll make a new photo look like it's 100 years old.

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  • Episode 429
  • December 8, 2015

CatPi Printable Case for Raspberry Pi B+, Pi 2 and Pi 3

Need a case for your Raspberry Pi? What about printing one on your home printer and cutting it out of cardboard? We'll also continue our GIMP Tips series, learning to crop, round edges and add a drop shadow to a picture.

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  • Episode 428
  • December 1, 2015

Raspberry Pi as a Development Web Server - Part 1

We look at a really great power unit for the Pi micro computer, and setup the initial server tools needed to get our Apache web server running on Raspberry Pi. We'll also prepare an external USB hard drive to use for data reads/writes to reduce the access to the MicroSD card. Also, on Week 2 of GIMP Tips, we'll learn to setup keyboard shortcuts.

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  • Episode 427
  • November 24, 2015

Changing the Color of Objects with the GIMP

We kick off our '20 Weeks of GIMP Tips' series with an easy-to-achieve way of changing the color of any bright object. We'll use cars in our example, and show you how the GIMP can be used to achieve this realistic effect in just seconds. We'll also share the inside scoop on what the closure of PasswordBox means to its users.

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  • Episode 426
  • November 17, 2015

Converting an IP or Physical Address to Geocoordinates with PHP

Let's dive into some intermediate-level PHP code to tap into freely available API's to help us find longitude and latitude for either an IP address or physical address, allowing us to put a pin on a map at a user's location.

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  • Episode 425
  • November 10, 2015

Raspberry Pi Music Server - Part 3

We've been putting together a Raspberry Pi-powered music server, and this week Sasha wraps up the series as she goes on site to install the device and set up the network share and initial playlist.

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  • Episode 424
  • November 3, 2015

Antergos Linux

Arch Linux is notoriously difficult for novice Linux users to install, but Antergos (based on Arch) provides an easy start in the world of Arch Linux by making installation a breeze--and it's a joy to use as a day-to-day distro.

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  • Episode 423
  • October 27, 2015

Managing Multiple WordPress Sites

On our Halloween special, the severed heads of Robbie and Sasha will take you through the setup of MainWP, a freely available open source plugin for WordPress that lets you administer multiple WordPress web sites from one dashboard. Also learn some fun chroma key tricks in Telestream Wirecast.

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  • Episode 422
  • October 20, 2015

Tech Predictions From Back To The Future II

When Marty, Doc Brown and Jennifer travel to the future in the 1989 movie Back to the Future II, they land on October 21, 2015. Let's review the technology and trends of 2015 as depicted in the movie, and discuss which were bang on correct, and which were way off.

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  • Episode 421
  • October 13, 2015

Drink Your Water

We all know it's important to drink water, but many of us know we also don't drink enough of it. Now, an innovative little device turns any water bottle or glass into a "smart" device by reminding you to take a drink.

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  • Episode 420
  • October 6, 2015

The Issue With Online Ads, The Teeny Drone Line

In this double feature episode, we speak with James Avery, CEO of Adzerk about the current state of online ads and how we can make them suck less, plus Jason Mainella joins us from TeenyDrones to show off his line (both current and future) of multirotor quads, including a racing drone and a camera drone that fits in your shirt pocket.

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  • Episode 419
  • September 29, 2015

Bluetooth Barcode Reader

Introducing Jeff Weston, our newest on air personality. Check out a great little Bluetooth barcode scanner that will turn your computer, smartphone or tablet into a wireless Point of Sale or inventory system.

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