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Weekly live digital TV show with Robbie Ferguson focused on topics of interest to tech minds. Ask your questions and get live answers. Recipient of 2014 and 2017 Top 100 Tech Podcasters award.

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Weekly live digital TV show with Robbie Ferguson focused on topics of interest to tech minds. Ask your questions and get live answers. Recipient of 2014 and 2017 Top 100 Tech Podcasters award.
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2019-05-15 19:00
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DIY NanoSIM and Color Correction - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 608

It's time to upgrade Robbie's wife's smartphone, but her MicroSIM won't fit in the new phone's NanoSIM port. We could buy a new SIM and port everything over, but that takes time and effort. Let's instead use a punch tool which costs rough...
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Making eViacam Work on Linux Mint 19 - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 607

Suffering from a vicious relapse of RSI Ulnar Nerve Entrapment, Robbie has been fighting pain when using a computer mouse, so he set out to replace it with his face only to find it doesn't work on modern Linux out of the box. Let's fix th...
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An Android TV Box and Fixing the GIMP's Interface - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 606

Jeff takes a look at a new Android TV box that uses the Amlogic S905X2 SoC. It's zippy, and can handle 4k 60p and HDR. Robbie will show you how to fix the interface in GIMP should you accidentally close a window or otherwise confuse thing...
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Accidental Unboxing Bonanza - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 605

We love unboxings, and we love product reviews. It's a great chance for us to show you what's up and coming (a 13-inch Raspberry Pi touch screen case) or what's been around a while but could benefit from a video review to really show you ...
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Robbie Attempts to Fix a Dead Network Switch - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 604

In his quest to become capable of performing his own electronics repair, Robbie has come a long way with his soldering abilities. This week, we'll tear down the dead network switch and see if it can be fixed for around $3. Re...
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A Torrent NAS, Dead Switch and a Tricorder - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 603

Our BitTorrent Seed Server on an ODROID-HC1 has been upgraded to let us access it through our network as a password-protected NAS. We'll also open up a dead Ethernet switch and see if it's worth fixing, and take a look at a decent Star Tr...
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A Couple Tinker Boards and An AI-Powered Picture Frame - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 602

This week we'll get into the box of an ASUS Tinker Board 2GB and S, checking out a Raspberry Pi-sized single board computer that packs twice as much RAM and a whole lot more processor power. We'll also check in with our first-ever Maker o...
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SSD for Business Data Centers - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 601

We're joined by Kingston Technology Sr. Technology Manager Cameron Crandall to talk about their new enterprise drives -- the DC500 -- and learn how Kingston is innovating in the data center, helping businesses to extend the useful life of...
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600 Weeks of Tech TV and a New SBC - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 600

600 weeks ago, Robbie started up Category5 TV. A lot has changed around here since then, and a lot has changed in tech. Let's look at some of the top ways technology has changed in the last 600 weeks. We'll also take a peek at the brand n...
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Blocking Internet Ads and Porn With a Single Board Computer - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 599

With March Break in full swing, our two resident dads are looking for ways to keep their kids safe online. Enter Pi-Hole: a free DNS server program that turns any single board computer into a sophisticated DNS filtering service. It's buil...
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Improving Lighting In Your Photos - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 598

A great photo can be ruined by incorrect exposure or white balance. This week we'll show you how to correct some of the most common mistakes, such as backlighting or incorrect white balance using GIMP. Plus, as an added bonus, Robbie will...
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Debian Linux BitTorrent Server with the ODROID HC1 - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 597

The ODROID HC1 is a 2.5-inch SSD enclosure that features a built-in 8-core SBC with 2 GB RAM and gigabit Ethernet. Since it runs Debian Linux (among others), there is really no limit to what you can create. For our first project out of th...
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It's Illuminating When We Go Live - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 596

Our live broadcast API tells whether Category5 TV is live on the air or not. This week, we'll create a simple circuit and code that will automatically turn on an LED light bulb whenever Category5 TV signs on. The fundamentals learned will...
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Pocophone F1: A Low Cost Phone with High-End Features - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 595

Taking a risk on a refurbished smartphone proved disastrous for Robbie, so this time he took a different approach as a budget-minded phone shopper and picked up a Xiaomi Pocophone F1. We'll get into the box this week on Category5 TV and t...
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Software-Free Encrypted Flash Drive - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 594

The problem with encrypted flash drives has always been the software needed to be installed in order to operate it. This week we look at a device that eliminates that issue by using a keypad to decrypt the data, making it extremely easy t...
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New PINE64 Products in 2019 - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 593

It was such an honor to have Lukasz Erecinski from PINE64 join us for an interview where he revealed the exciting new product line from PINE64, including a "Pro" version of their popular Pinebook SOC laptop, and the world's first open sou...
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Artificial Intelligence in 2019 - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 592

Our opinions of AI have been formed by mainstream media, but that stops now. This week we speak with New York Times best-selling author, Martin Ford about Artificial Intelligence. In his new book, Ford records the conversations he has had...
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Artificial Intelligence in 2019 - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 592

Our opinions of AI have been formed by mainstream media, but that stops now. This week we speak with New York Times best-selling author, Martin Ford about Artificial Intelligence. In his new book, Ford records the conversations he has had...
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Wyze Cams and an ODROID C2 - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 591

This week, Robbie and Sasha take a look at how the Wyze Cams work. They're the world's most affordable smart surveillance camera, and we'll give them a try. Then, let's open up an ODROID C2 single board computer. It's been around for a wh...
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Smart Home Surveillance and 4K Video Editing Magic - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 590

The Bald Nerd, CloudReady's official unofficial spokeswoman and the Ginja Ninja take a look at the Wyze Cam lineup, which makes smart home surveillance ultra-affordable. We'll also learn how to turn 4K video footage into multiple camera s...
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Let 'er Rip - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 589

Happy new year! This week we'll look back briefly on some of the fondest memories our hosts have of 2018, followed by a tutorial on how to rip episodic DVDs using the free Handbrake software on Windows 10. Read the complete s...
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Category5 Christmas Musical - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 588

As Robbie, Sasha and Jeff take the week off to celebrate Christmas with their families, let's circle back to our Christmas special from 2012 when Category5 alumni of years gone by joined Robbie and Sasha for a very special night of amateu...
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Don't Reset The Modem - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 587

Resetting a modem is not the same thing as rebooting a modem, as Sasha learned this week. Let's also unbox a Raspberry Pi 3 A+, a lighting rig to improve your product photographs on the cheap, and discuss the evolution of technology with ...
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Battle of the Home Automation Assistants - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 586

Between the Google Home Mini and the latest Amazon Echo Dot, the price and promoted features are pretty similar. This week, we'll try to figure out which one is the best virtual assistant by putting the two smart home devices head-to-head...
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With Help From A Dummy Head - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 585

We pulled out the old dummy head again, because what better way is there to review a set of Bluetooth headphones? We've got the Bluedio T-Monitors, which are a budget set of wireless headphones that feel and sound great. Sasha is having t...
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Displacing the SBC Champions - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 584

We continue our series of single board computer benchmarks, and this week we put the ODROID XU4Q and the NanoPi M4 up against one another, along with the results from last week's battle between the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, PINE64 A64-LTS,...
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Single Board Computer Deathmatch - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 583

We all love a good benchmark comparison, but what's been unclear up till now is how SBCs of varying price points compare once you factor in their cost. Does the Rock64 beat the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ even though it costs more? We'll set out to...
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More Great Single Board Computers and Disabling Windows 10's Tablet Mode - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 582

Henry joins Robbie and Sasha to take a look at an assortment of Single Board Computers we'll be benchmarking in the next couple weeks. We'll also look at why Sasha's work computer went nutty after an update, and fix the stupid "Tablet Mod...
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Make Any Notebook a Chromebook with Neverware CloudReady - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 581

Most of us have some old laptop or desktop computers kicking around. They seem useless because their OS is out of date, and the hardware isn't powerful enough to run the latest and greatest software. Enter CloudReady: a Chromium OS distri...
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Cheap Mics, Awesome SBCs and Costumes - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 580

Shizu Yamaguchi joins Robbie and Sasha this week, and everyone's dressed up for Halloween! We'll step outside the box with our review of a cheap condenser microphone off Amazon, and unbox the six-core NanoPi M4 single board computer. ...
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A DIY Retro Gaming Handheld Emulator and a Tool Bench PSU (With MarshMan) - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 579

MarshMan drove 8 hours to join us this week! We'll look at a cheap way to repurpose an old computer PSU, as well as the ODROID-GO - a GameBoy-like handheld that lets you play all the classics - and you get to build it yourself. ...
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A 6-Core SBC and Some Viewer Comments - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 578

We've finally got our hands on a RockPro64, and it's an incredible looking little single-board computer: 6 cores, 4 GB RAM and a PCIe slot. We've also got some great viewer comments that spark some interesting discussions. Re...
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Making LibreOffice Look and Feel More Like Microsoft Office - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 577

There are some wonderful free alternatives available for commercial software, and LibreOffice is exactly that. But the interface isn't quite the same as Microsoft Office, and it can be a bit unfamiliar to users who are accustomed to the c...
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Wireless Mics, Discord and Ubuntu in Hyper-V (Part 2) - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 576

Thanks to our local music shop, we've got wireless mics this week! We've also launched another way for our viewers to interact, and thanks to our amazing community, we've figured out why our Ubuntu deployment was giving us nothing but a b...
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Linux in Windows and Stage 9 Needs Our Help - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 575

Microsoft has been working with the open source community to bring Ubuntu Linux to Windows 10, and we'll see how easy it is to get up and going in what unintentionally became part 1 of a 2-part series. We've also got some sad news for Sta...
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An Early Look At The Rock64 Single Board Computer - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 574

This week, Robbie, Sasha and Jeff look at a new (came out a couple months back) Rock64 single board computer from Pine64. We've installed Ayufan's Ubuntu 18.04 with LXDE, and we'll see if it's usable ... yet. Read the complet...
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Fake SD Cards Are Real! - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 573

We've talked about fake MicroSD cards, but this week we actually have one to test on Linux. Is it really the best deal on Amazon? Or a complete scam? We'll also take a peek at Linux Mint 19 and have a visit from our Crypto Correspondent, ...
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Michael's Bright Idea - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 572

We're down one mic, and that means down one host. One of our viewers thought of a great way to support the show and sent us a little something that brightened our day. Robbie wants to rid himself of Windows on his laptop once and for all,...
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A New Recorder and the World's Most Basic GPIO Project - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 571

An Atomos Ninja Flame will soon replace our failed recording drive, so let's get into the box and have a look at this delicious 4k field recorder. We're also getting things rolling on Raspberry Pi-based GPIO programming, so let's kick thi...
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Fake SD Cards and Viewer Comments - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 570

Amidst some great comments from our viewers, Robbie and Sasha warn of a very real threat to your data: fake SD cards being sold on sites like Amazon and Ebay. Sometimes when something appears too good to be true, it's just not worth the r...
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Viewer Question Extravaganza - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 569

This week's show is controlled by you - our viewers! Topics such as installing common Windows fonts on Linux, where to download retro game ROMs from, and many more. Read the complete show notes, comment or rate this episode, ...
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Monitoring Your Digital Assets with NEMS Linux - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 568

Nobody does network asset monitoring as well as Nagios, and NEMS Linux brings a fully-configured Nagios server to your Raspberry Pi. Robbie and Bekah check out the latest release of the Nagios Enterprise Monitoring Server for Raspberry Pi...
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The Ultimate Programmable Hotkeys, Headphone File Formats and The Very Basics of GIMP - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 567

A viewer puts Robbie in his place with his GIMP tutorials for beginners. Jeff, Robbie and Sasha put the PowerLocus headphones to the test and set out to find out which file formats the SD card reader supports. We'll also look at the Strea...
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The Frugal Audiophile's Paradise - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 566

When it comes to sound quality, the more you pay, generally the better the sound. This week though, we look for good sounding gear that comes with a cheaper price tag. From a set of Bluetooth 4.2-EDR headphones to a pair of studio monitor...
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Biometrics and You - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 565

This week we welcome back Robert Capps from NuData security to discuss the recent data breach at Timehop, and how biometrics and behavioral analytics can help protect user data. We'll also unbox a shiny new Rock64 SBC with 4 GB RAM, and o...
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A Long Term-Supply SBC and an Improved Photoshop Alternative - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 564

This week Robbie and Sasha unbox the Pine A64-LTS single-board computer and get an early look at the brand new version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) 2.10.4 - a free alternative to Photoshop. And Sasha bought a car! ...
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Marie Kondo Method for Computers - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 563

Shizu Yamagucci joins us once again to discuss how the organizational and de-cluttering methods made famous by Marie Kondo can apply to our digital lives. From closet space to our computer desktop, learning to be more organized and only k...
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Internet, AI E-Sports and ODROID N1 - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 562

We have a new Internet connection this week at Studio D, and are finally free of LTE. Let's talk about how Artificial Intelligence is about to pwn humans, and a sad announcement about a new SBC that we're all really excited about -- but w...
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A Better Hearing Amplifier and E-Paper That Saves to PDF - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 561

Jeff, Robbie and Sasha take a look at a great new set of earbuds from Jabees that offer some of the coolest hearing amplification features we've seen in a stylish Bluetooth headset package. We'll also take e-paper to the next level with o...
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When There's No Power - Category5 Technology TV - Episode 560

560 weeks is a great track record. And to keep the record going, we were here. However, our studio (and much of our city) are without power. Our UPS batteries are depleted, and there's no possible way to go live as we do every single week...
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