Monthly Archives: August 2013

RoadTest: Keithley Model 2110 5.5 Digit USB and GPIB Digital Multimeter

I’d just like to put out a big thanks to element14/Newark/Farnell and Keithley Instruments for providing this review sample and your support of the community. I would also like to thank Dr. DeFeo for choosing me to be the one … Continue reading

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Follow-up: USB Power Bank Tested and Repacked (5000mAh, 30000mAh)

I did some quick teardowns of the 5000mAh and 30000mAh power banks previously, and I found that the 5000mAh power bank seemed to be genuine, but the 30000mAh power bank is a bit unknown. One reader reported disappointing performance from … Continue reading

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Impact of Kogan Mobile’s Demise Felt – Porting Delays

This morning, upon checking Aldi Mobile’s website, I was greeted with this banner – The explanation given upon clicking is as follows: Delayed porting and number transfers information Due to the recent issues with Kogan Mobile, the mobile industry is … Continue reading

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Odds and Sods: More Opal and Trains, Creative Ads, Mobile Situation, etc.

I was a little busy over the weekend, so I didn’t have a chance to put together a post of some random stuff I’ve encountered. That being said, I was tied up with numerous different things which I promise, will … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA 11w (E27) Compact Fluorescent Lamp

The other day, one of these energy saver globes went fizzzzzzzzzz, pop and died. So instead of throwing it out (which you should never do), I decided to tear it down for my readers. But first, a little story about … Continue reading

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Quick Review: j5create JUA330 USB 3.0 DVI Display Adapter

Just recently, OnlineComputer held a competition on their Facebook page, and I found myself to be a winner of the j5create JUA330 USB 3.0 DVI Display Adapter. Not being a stranger to DisplayLink based USB display adapters, I was thoroughly … Continue reading

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That’s it – ISPOne is finished, as is Kogan Mobile *BUT NOT* Aldi Mobile

UPDATE 3: A further announcement was e-mailed 21st August: 21 August 2013 IMPORTANT: To ensure you get maximum value for your Kogan Mobile service and to be eligible for your optimal pro-rata refund, we recommend that you do not transfer/port your … Continue reading

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Weekend Post: Some Opal Stuff, Some Other Stuff

It’s been an extremely busy week for me – and time has been excessively short. It’s a bit quiet on the “new stuff” front – and that’s partly because of a lack of new stuff bought online and partly because … Continue reading

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Salvage: Seagate U8-series ST38410A 8.4Gb Hard Drive

It’s not common to find drives in a salvage – so to have gotten three within one salvage is a bit of a record. Anyway, this was one of Seagate’s most popular “value” series drives – I’ve handled at least … Continue reading

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Salvage: Stuff from a Macintosh G4 Tower

Continuing on from the last salvage post – these were salvaged at the same time and place. Unusually, there was an Apple Macintosh G4 tower there – lovely case too. If it weren’t so heavy, I would have carried the … Continue reading

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Salvage: Quantum Fireball 1280Mb AT Hard Drive

It’s been another busy week – and as I wait for the autoclave to cool, here’s something from a salvage done earlier in the week … But before I talk about the item itself, the circumstances surrounding the salvage deserve … Continue reading

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News Flash: The end of all resold Telstra offerings?

At 11:17am, I received this e-mail from Kogan Mobile: Dear , Thank you for joining us on the journey to make mobile access in Australia more affordable. We entered the mobile industry in order to increase competition and give consumers … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Kogan Smart Covers (Nexus 7 Black and iPad Blue)

Kogan had a bit of a special on their smart covers last week where they were all discounted to just $9 with free shipping. At that price, I couldn’t resist giving it a go, so I ordered a Black Nexus … Continue reading

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XB9000: Jaycar’s Mystery Goodies Bag

I’ll admit that I only rarely frequent Jaycar. It’s not my favourite electronics shop for a variety of reasons – one of which is the quality, and the other is of price. But because of a need to purchase some … Continue reading

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Review: Blackberry Playbook

Friend: You bought a Blackberry Playbook? Me: I bought a Blackberry Playbook. Friend: You [emphasis] bought a Blackberry Playbook? Me: I [emphasis] bought a Blackberry Playbook! And just in case anyone was wondering … no I did not buy a … Continue reading

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Weekend Assorted: Photowalk, Sydney Trains Rebranding, Opal, etc.

Hello readers! Long time no blog. Lets start off with a bit of an assorted post with just a few random things. CNET Photowalk Last week, I only had the time to churn out a post about my photowalk day … Continue reading

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Weekend: CNET Australia and Olympus Photowalk at Luna Park, Sydney

Normally, the weekend is reserved for random things like building stuff, testing things or taking a bike ride, but not this weekend. Not too long ago, I entered a CNET competition to be one of ten participants on the yearly … Continue reading

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