Monthly Archives: March 2013

Salvage: Inside a Synaptics Touchpad

Passing by my regular salvage dump site, I managed to come across another laptop that was broken and thrown against a wall. The laptop in question was a Clevo T2V – not a glorious brand, as I’ve had heaps of … Continue reading

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QSL Card: All India Radio

Hello guys – yes I’m still here. I’ve been so busy with my studies that I haven’t had much time to blog, despite there being an endless number of topics to blog about – some of them rather exciting. But … Continue reading

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QSL Card: Radio Romania International

I must be on a roll here – today, I had a nice big smile as I opened my letterbox and saw an envelope from Radio Romania International. It’s another QSL card! It’s so lovely to see it adorned with … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Verbatim 4x LTH BD-R (VERBAT-IMv)

In my (lazy) quest to seek out some different Blu-Ray media, I ordered some of these straight from Japan. After one taste of LTH with the Taiyo Yuden (That’s) discs, I needed another comparison. The choice of LTH media on … Continue reading

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A More Detailed Study of Blu-Ray Scanning

I had examined Blu-Ray scanning across drives before – but only in a cursory manner. I had also looked at my old Blu-Ray discs scanned at 8x and then 4x. Ultimately, it was seen that scanning in the iHBS312 generally … Continue reading

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Kogan Mobile Quietly Introduces 400Mb/day Limit

After all the praise about Kogan Mobile as well as the annoyances of delayed SIMs, there is another reason to be wary of Kogan Mobile. Upon checking on their webpage today – I had noticed a new, subtle change to … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Itead Studio IBoard Pro

It’s probably not that evident from my blog that I like to play with Arduino from time to time. It’s actually my favourite prototyping platform because it’s inexpensive, and easy to get started on – despite its limited power and … Continue reading

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Rail Stuff (and a Rant): UNSW was supposed to have a Train Station

This will be a rather short post since this isn’t really my information, but more rather a very useful resource for train fanatics and train travellers alike. I’m not sure how many would have come across nswrail.net but they are … Continue reading

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That’s (Taiyo Yuden) LTH BD-R 25Gb 1-6x

There are two types of Blu-Ray blank discs – the regular sort that often doesn’t get much thought, now termed HTL, and a newer variant known as LTH (short for Low-to-High). Around the time when I bought my LG GGW-H20L, … Continue reading

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QSL Card: Radio Vaticana

Firstly, a big thank-you to the Frequency Manager at Vatican Radio, Mr. Salvatori, for arranging to have these sent to me all the way from Italy. It is very much appreciated and treasured – and all in good time as … Continue reading

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Spotted: Another soon-to-be Opal Ready Bus

On the way to UNSW, I boarded another bus which was getting ready for the Opal readers to be installed. This one is Sydney Buses, bus number 4632 (or is it 4832, darn phone camera – can’t tell for sure … Continue reading

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Automatic Fare Collection Systems on Sydney Buses

While rummaging in my box of old odds-and-ends, I came across something that reminded me that I should make a short post about the automatic fare collection (AFC) systems on Sydney buses. In almost all Sydney Buses today, we still … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: iomega SCSI ZIP 100 Drive Internals

Another big thanks to Robert for this one! I’ve briefly covered ZIP drives to some degree (really only covering the USB bus-powered drive) in an earlier posting, but today I was given a SCSI drive. This drive had a bit … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: SyQuest SQ5110 Drive Internals

With my earlier mysterious loss of photos, today, I’ve gotten around to re-taking them. I’ve already covered the whole set once before with my camera phone, but I wanted to do it properly. I recently re-covered the cartridge and its … Continue reading

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Mysteriously Lost Photos – What Happened?

It hasn’t been a good day for me today. Just this morning, a plastic loading wiper in the Syquest drive broke, and it was a fortuitous event that gave me the opportunity to photograph the insides of the drive while … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: SyQuest 88MB Removable Hard Disk Cartridge

If you said “Hold on a sec, didn’t you did this already?“, no you’re not insane. I did cover the topic of SyQuest drives and disks before. But now, the cartridges and drive are mine – after strenuous work with … Continue reading

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New MVNO: Aldi Mobile

Another day, another MVNO – this time it’s Aldi Mobile. The German value food supermarket chain has followed in the steps of Woolworths and Kogan in bringing us a mobile service. It launched just this morning at 8:30am … I … Continue reading

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A few interesting Hard Drives

Aside from the IBM Deathstar, and the Quantum Bigfoot which I covered earlier, I did uncover a few more interesting drives from my collection which I’d like to share. Western Digital Expert 100BA 10Gb This drive is interesting – if … Continue reading

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Civil Engineering Building gets uniwide upgrade

Walking around last week, I saw some locations on the walls inside Civil Engineering building with holes and metal mounts installed. Today, I can tell what they are for – they’re for new Cisco access points for Uniwide access. The … Continue reading

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Tested: Mr Data 6x BD-R CMCMAG-BA5

Another visit to ARC Computers this morning and I saw a spindle of BD-Rs on the shelf and decided to give them a try. While their website lists their BD-Rs as Generic/Ritek, I would never buy the Riteks, but these … Continue reading

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Sydney Buses Opal Card Readers Spotted!

Just yesterday, I was travelling on a Sydney Buses service to UNSW when I spotted something different. There were these rounded rectangular boxes – two at the front and two at the rear. They are locked with a circular key … Continue reading

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Transcend RDF8 USB 3.0 Card Reader

With ever increasing pixel counts and larger image files than ever, digital photographers easily can fill up even comparatively large 32Gb cards relatively quickly, especially when shooting in RAW. Many people, myself included, can get quite anxious to see the … Continue reading

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Site Update: Redirection from gough.ath.cx taken offline

Just a quick note to say that the gough.ath.cx URL is now no longer active, and redirection has now ceased. Hopefully with the power of Google, people will be able to find their way to the new address – i.e. … Continue reading

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QSL Cards: Adventist World Radio, Bible Voice, KTWR, Overcomer Ministry

While rifling through my drawer, I came across a few older QSL cards from 2010-2011 that I never got around to scanning and putting online, so here they (finally) are! Needless to say, it just goes to show how many … Continue reading

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BMF Taiwan Radio Fax

It’s been a while since I posted any Radio Fax DX action. It’s not because I haven’t been busy roaming the airwaves, it’s that I’ve been too busy with everything else to be able to post something up. There’s been … Continue reading

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Blu-Ray Scanning Across Drives, testing PRODIS-CR0 BD-R blanks

One thing I often ask myself, and see asked, is the repeatability and accuracy of quality scans made on consumer drives. I think it has been concluded that the accuracy and repeatability can be quite limited depending on the disc … Continue reading

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Toshiba Canvio Desk 3Tb External Drive

One of the solutions to the “can’t get enough storage” problems is to go with external hard drives. I personally have a hate of external drives because of their slowness, need for a powerpoint (sometimes several due to the size … Continue reading

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SSDs and Power Failures: Why SSDs in a USB enclosure might be a bad idea

Maybe the title is a bit dramatic – since I built my device, I have suffered no ill effects yet but that is possibly due to the fact I tend to take good care of my devices. But I did … Continue reading

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Salvaged: Canopus EZDV PAL PCI Card

Another one of my salvages. It’s rare that I see one of these – this is a Canopus EZDV PAL capture/encode card. You would think that with a miniDV camera that it would be as simple as plugging it into … Continue reading

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QSL Card: Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)

It may be wet and rainy in Sydney, but I’ve got a reason to smile. This QSL card arrived for me, all the way from Hamburg, Germany. It is a QSL card acknowledging my report of receiving their weatherfax service, … Continue reading

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