Monthly Archives: July 2013

Gough’s Take on “What would Wi-Fi look like if we could see it?”

Earlier this week, an article titled Here’s What Wi-Fi Would Look Like If We Could See It got Slashdotted. This got my attention because, as a radio enthusiast that has been playing around with Wi-Fi “before it was cool”, I … Continue reading

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Kogan Mobile to raise prices effective 1st August

When Kogan Mobile was launched, they had the best prices on the market and looked like the ideal mobile service provider. Then came the disconnections, 400Mb limit, and lawsuits which have left some users with a bitter taste. Other people, … Continue reading

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Teardown: CE01-IPO 2xAA USB Emergency Charger

While USB Power Banks based on Lithium-Ion and Lithium-Polymer batteries offer a fairly large capacity for the weight and size, and are rechargeable, sometimes they take a long time to charge and you just can’t live with that. They might … Continue reading

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Teardown and Warning: Unbranded USB 500mA Charger

I’m not sure if this is familiar to you – but it certainly is to me. Along the same vein of cheap eBay goods, and chargers, this is another one of those “cheap” Chinese specials. This is a cheap USB … Continue reading

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Teardown: NK-806 Lithium-Ion Cell Charger

If there’s something I must confess to – it’s that I often go too cheap with everything. It’s a nasty habit, and it’s going to get me killed some day. This was the charger I got to go with my … Continue reading

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Teardown: Trustfire “Flame” 14500 Li-Ion 900mAh Protected Battery

Anyone who’s been somewhat serious about good flashlights would have inevitably found that most of the high powered flashlights all necessitate the use of various forms of Lithium Ion cells, commonly the 18650 for the larger torches, and the 14500 … Continue reading

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Weekend “Box of Chocolates” Post: Parraconnect Wi-Fi, Android 4.3, Transport stuff

It’s been a busy week of work – there hasn’t been much time to blog. Well, except for today where I am able to “unload” a pile of posts that have been waiting for me to write about. Parraconnect Wi-Fi … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: DaynaPORT SCSI/Link-T

Here’s another blast from the past – remember when network adapters weren’t integrated into motherboards? Remember when Ethernet ran at 10Mbit/s? Remember when Ethernet came over coaxial cable? Or when Ethernet practically won over Token Ring? I guess that sets … Continue reading

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Project: A long fogotten Syquest cartridge visits …

The Contact It’s always interesting when readers contact me. Most days, it’s just spam and companies who manufacture things in China wanting my business. But this was different. I received this genuine e-mail from Mark on 12th June which said … Continue reading

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Teardown: Anatomy of a Failed Aftermarket Laptop Battery

Just the other day, I had an excuse to pull out my seven year old Toshiba Satellite L30 laptop. I’ve had it since the first day of my undergraduate uni career, and it’s definitely seen better days. It’s had one … Continue reading

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Review: Unbranded 30000mAh 2 Port USB Power Bank

UPDATED: Please also see follow-up here. Updated AGAIN: Need some more persuading? See Ripple Analysis here. You may be putting your devices at risk! Earlier, I tore apart one of my old-faithful USB battery packs. In search of some more … Continue reading

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Increasing ADS-B Reach with dump1090

I think it’s fairly clear from my last project of ADSBpi, my main interest is to improve the reach of my ADS-B reception and plotting. Unfortunately, most of my monitoring areas are compromises due to building construction, shadowing and sub-optimal … Continue reading

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Project: ADSBpi with dump1090

Just this week, I managed to pick up two Raspberry Pi Model B boards and Multicomp clear cases from element14. I already had something in mind for one of the two RPis – as an ADS-B server. If you aren’t … Continue reading

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Teardown: Unbranded 5000mAh USB Charger Pack/Power Bank

It’s a common hesitation – does my phone or tablet have enough charge to last the day? Quite inevitably, power users tend to find that the latest and greatest still just don’t have enough for the exceptionally long days. As … Continue reading

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RTL2832U+R820T Full Size USB TV Tuner

A quick recap – RTL2832U based TV tuners are great for software defined radio work. They’re inexpensive, and can be used to receive and demodulate a fair number of different signals. I’ve even written a few articles about what they … Continue reading

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QSL Card: Voice of Russia

Amongst all the gloom of having relatively poor restricted internet access comes an interesting piece of mail – a QSL Card I tried to claim from Voice of Russia a while back. I totally forgot about it, so it was … Continue reading

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Weekend Update: Still no ADSL2+, More Southern Star “Adventures”

It seems like it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to write. Things have been getting very busy with the PhD – we’re finally turning in some results, although not necessarily the ones we have been looking for. … Continue reading

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Cityrail re-branding soon to hit intercity trains

As usual, every morning, I’m catching a train to uni. Today, I passed by UGL Unipart in Clyburn on the train and I saw a V-set with the new livery! I didn’t manage to get my phone out in time … Continue reading

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SDR# – My favourite SDR program for the RTL2832U dongles

When the RTL2832U “SDR surprise” was being unearthed, the software of choice was GNU Radio. While it’s a very powerful tool, it was also very cumbersome to use for the most basic of tasks, and required a lot of digital … Continue reading

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Weekend Assortment: Situation at Home, Warratah Trains, Biking

Here’s another one of those “mixed up” post of odds and sods – Situation at Home It’s a dire situation in regards to the ADSL2+ service at home. It’s still not fixed. And it won’t be fixed until 15th July … Continue reading

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ADSB# Range Testing with the RTL2832U+R820T Tuner

I’ve covered ADSB# in one of my earlier articles, even going so far as to take my E4000 dongle to the airport for a spin. But as we now know, Elonics (the guys behind the E4000 front end) have gone … Continue reading

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Opal coming to Granville? New liveries on NRCs!

Last night passing through Granville, I noticed the blanking plates on their ticket barriers. I didn’t have the time to stop for a shot – but this morning on the way into uni, I decided to pause for a sec … Continue reading

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An Update on the Situation at Home

While I have a little time to post, I thought I’d just update on the situation at home (and I suppose, in my mind) at present. ADSL2+ Internet It’s now day 13. The line is still dead as a doornail. … Continue reading

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Opal and Train Stuff: Auburn Update, Screen Firmware, New Warratah Livery, etc.

Opal Reader Installation at Auburn Station It’s interesting because the last time I went by Auburn Station, the crew were drilling in the holes for the new Opal reader/writer units. Yesterday and today, I travelled via Auburn Station and disappointingly, … Continue reading

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Review: OneCable Apple Lightning, 30 Pin and Micro USB Sync and Charge Cable

If you’re like me, you probably have a plethora of mobile devices from different vendors, or maybe you’ve got an Android handset and the rest of your family or friends uses Apple iPhones. The problem is that all of these … Continue reading

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Site Update: Reachability Problems

It has been bought to my attention by a few visitors that they seem to be having trouble visiting my website. While I know that the Ziphosting SQL server goes down from time to time resulting in 500 Internal Server … Continue reading

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