360 Video for Immersive Nature Sounds

Our show, Nature Sounds of Ontario, Canada is changing to Immersive Nature Sounds, and will feature 360-Video along with the binaural 3D audio of nature recordings! Continue reading

Mako – Way Back Home (WE ARE FURY Remix)

One thing that always gets me is really. tight. harmonies. Mako had it on the original of Way Back Home, but I wanted something with a bit more intensity (it’s a pretty mellow track). Enter Trap Nation with the WE ARE FURY remix of Mako’s classic.

Take the intense harmonies of the original track, bring in a breakbeat, dubstep vocal chops, and an epic battle style for something I just can’t listen to without my phone warning me that “Listening at high volume for a long time may damage your hearing.”

That said, the original still gives me goosebumps.

Birdy – Skinny Love (Vanic Remix)

Time to turn up your speakers! This is a great remix. It’s a 5-minute crescendo that doesn’t stop oozing awesomesauce. Just when you think it’s starting to drip, Vanic turns back on the tap. Birdy has a great vocal, and the bassline build coupled with the unexpected (but oh, so welcome) dubstep breakdown makes it impossible for me to turn off the repeat feature.

For those interested in a little history lesson, here’s the original version of the song.

Why support may ask for your backup.nems file, and why you should never share it with others

During support sessions I often request either SSH access or a copy of the user’s backup.nems file. SSH access, it should be obvious, should not be shared with just anyone. Also, you should never, ever, ever, open SSH to the world on your NEMS server if you have not yet initialized it. This is because there are botnets that look for Raspberry Pi computers which use the default “raspberry” password, and then compromize them. Continue reading

Sound Of Walking Away – Illenium ft. Kerli

I love how Kerli just rips through this track. She has such a wicked tone. That high vocal before the beat drops? YES! And Illenium does it again. SFW.

NEMS 1.2.1 Technical Information

The following is the technical information outline of NEMS (Nagios Enterprise Monitoring Server). Continue reading

Add A Drive to Linux and Encrypt It

Do you use an external hard drive, USB Flash drive or other removable media for your personal or company backups? Let’s encrypt it! Continue reading

I hosted an episode of The Pixel Shadow!

I’m so not a gamer, but over the weekend I got the fun chance to record an episode of The Pixel Shadow with me as host. Continue reading

Setting up NRPE on Windows for NEMS

Please Note: As of NEMS 1.2 NSClient++ is optional for monitoring of Windows computers (thanks to the addition of WMIC). If you’d like to use it, please follow the directions below.

  1. Grab the latest Windows client at https://www.nsclient.org/download/
  2. Install the client with the following settings:
    • Select to install the “Generic mode” NSClient++.
    • Choose “Complete installation” and if asked, choose to save config to ini file.
    • Under “Allowed Hosts” it should read 127.0.0.1,NEMSIP (where NEMSIP is the IP address of your NEMS server)
    • Clear the Password field for ease of deployment. NEMS sample scripts are setup to use NRPE without a password because I’m making the assumption that this is being deployed in a trusted LAN. If you do not blank the password here, you will have to edit all the scripts before NEMS will be able to communicate with this computer.
    • Enable all modules and change the NRPE mode to Legacy. NEMS uses Nagios 3.5.1 at present, and I suppose that’s technically “Legacy”. 🙂
    • Screen should look a little something like this:
      nsclient-setup
  3. Add your Windows host to NEMS. If you are using NEMS 1.1+ you can use the template “ourwinserver” in nconf. Just change the hostname and the IP address.

Please note: If you have a software firewall running on your Windows machine, setup an exception for your NEMS server IP to gain access through ports 5666 and 12489.

Category5 TV Network license changed.

For the past 9 years, all Category5 TV Network programming has been licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada.

In an effort to ensure both our own protection from the commercial reuse of our freely available content as well as to protect our viewers from companies adding protection such as DRM to our content, we are now moving all Category5 TV Network programming, retroactively, to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

Effective immediately under our new license, any commercial reuse of our material (eg., broadcasting on a commercial television channel, using our videos to generate revenue online, etc) must be approved in writing by myself.

Category5 TV remains entirely free for its viewers, no matter where they live in this big ol’ world of ours.

Enjoy the shows!

Robbie