Monthly Archives: May 2013

Review: PiFace Digital – now with Musical Relays!

You didn’t think I’d end my PiFace Digital review there did you? No. Of course not. So here’s a bonus – musical relays. Everyone loves them. They wear out your relays, but they also give you some music without any … Continue reading

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Review: PiFace Digital

Earlier, I was one of the lucky handful of people who applied for and was selected by element14’s RoadTest section to review the PiFace Digital interface board for use with the Raspberry Pi. It is an inexpensive, digital only I/O … Continue reading

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Vivid Sydney Opening Night (24th May 2013)

Yesterday was the opening night of the annual Vivid Sydney light show. Every year, areas surrounding Circular Quay are lit up by art installations which make use of the power of light to create something visually interesting. The use of … Continue reading

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Project Kryoflux – Part 6: Dealing with Difficult Disks and Drives

In a twist of fate, it turns out that one of my colleagues (Robert) had a collection of old Amiga floppies from the days he owned an A500. Unfortunately, he had given away his Amiga, and all he had left … Continue reading

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Salvage: Newtronics Model 200SPC Sweep/Pulse/Function-Generator

It feels like we’re on a roll today – here’s another “salvage” thanks to the Electrical Engineering “dump pile” at UNSW. This unit will be familiar to most of the Electrical Engineers of UNSW – it’s a Newtronics Model 200SPC … Continue reading

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Review: GoTek System SFR1M44-U100K USB 1000 Floppy Disk Emulator

Following on my previous review of a 100-bank low-cost USB floppy emulator and testing of the emulator, I realized that the eBay market saw the introduction of another floppy emulator. This one is the GoTek System SFR1M44-U100K 1000-bank USB floppy … Continue reading

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Salvage: Muirhead & Co. Ltd. Type A-2-B Rheostat

Electrical Engineering at UNSW really provides some really interesting salvages from time to time – today, it’s two Muirhead & Co. Ltd. Type A-2-B rheostats. If that name sounds familiar to you, you may know it from its aerospace connections – … Continue reading

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Salvage: Advance Electronics Volstat

It seems like an age since I last updated my blog – and indeed it has. Rarely has there been such an extended silence, although, I’m afraid that this might become the norm. Instead, posts will end up coming out … Continue reading

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Dealing with Bad USB Keys

My mother recently returned home from her trip to Hong Kong with a pair of ‘novelty’ “”16Gb”” USB keys as a present. They cost about AU$12 each, which is in the ballpark of what a reputable USB memory stick would … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: iomega ZIP 250 IDE/ATAPI Drive Teardown

It’s interesting what you can find when you walk around on scheduled council clean-up dates. I managed to salvage an iomega ZIP 250 IDE/ATAPI drive from an unwanted computer, only to find that it was no longer functional. It wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: iomega ZIP 100 vs 3M/Imation Superdisk LS-120 Showdown

A relatively long time ago, I reminisced about the iomega ZIP 100 and the 3M/Imation Superdisk LS-120 superfloppy systems. Unfortunately, at the time, I could only look at the performance of the ZIP 100, and then, only of the USB … Continue reading

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