Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tech Flashback: Retail Blank Recordable Disc Collection (Part 3)

This is the third part of my blank recordable disc art collection. The collection is really in no particular order, but this part focuses on “off brand” or store brand discs which were available in variety stores and supermarkets in … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Retail Blank Recordable Disc Collection (Part 2)

Welcome to the second part of my recordable blank disc box art archive. The effort needed to actually scan and (sometimes terribly) process the images is actually quite extensive, but I hope to at least have as much of these … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Retail Blank Recordable Disc Collection (Part 1)

I suppose it could be foreseeable, given my earlier post about spring cleaning and disposing of optical discs, that I take a step back and remember the (now formally extinct) habit of purchasing optical discs in retail jewel cases, complete … Continue reading

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Another one bites the dust: Pennytel is in trouble!

In what seems to be a very recurrent theme at the moment, it seems like providers of exceptionally good value telecommunication services are not able to make ends meet. The next victim is Pennytel and its parent company iVoisys, as … Continue reading

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Recordable Blu-Ray Disc Longevity – Periodic Survey Part 3

Introduction I suppose it’s pretty clear that optical discs are no longer the favoured medium of choice for many applications now, however, there still remains a sizable community that use Blu-Ray recordable discs as a form of storage. This may … Continue reading

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Random: Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow …, Acer Iconia W3 and Windows 8.1, Site Update

It’s been an even slower week than normal. Somehow, after having ridden my 40km as I “normally” try to do last Saturday, and going through Sunday without any problems, on Monday I started to limp. My right ankle started to … Continue reading

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RTL-SDR: Elonics E4000 Tuners are Elusive!

I think that most will have already realized that it is old news that Elonics had folded and supplies of the E4000 tuner ICs were getting short. But for some applications, the Elonics E4000 is still the preferred tuner, owing … Continue reading

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ALDImobile slashes Unlimited Bolt-On Data Allowance

It was only today that I was activating an ALDImobile service for a family member that I noted a small red box on the homepage indicating of a change to the unlimited bolt-on. When logged in, you will see this: … Continue reading

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Sydney Buses Route 418 New Bus Route Service Information

I catch a bus every weekday to and from uni and occasionally you come across privileged information just lying on the floor. I was in the rear of the bus, and this piece of paper on the ground caught my … Continue reading

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Random Post: Rail Stuff, Win 8.1 Upgrade, Bushfires, Scanning NSW-GRN

The PhD has kept me busy all week, but that’s no reason for me not to blog. The random post comes a bit earlier this week – it’s been a bit of a bumper week already with some rail changes, … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Symantec Iomega Zip Rescue Promotional Video

In my spring cleaning, I’ve been tossing out a lot of old optical discs, but not without giving them a quick check to see if there’s any files I’d want to keep. I came across the Symantec Iomega Zip Rescue … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: I’m SCSI and I know it … Part 2!

If you thought my last part about SCSI would be my last, then you thought exactly the same as I did when I penned that piece. But then someone decided to put a SCSI drive up for sale, and I … Continue reading

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/dev/random: Trains, Aus Post, Sick Seagate, and other amusing thoughts

Well, that was quick. Another week is over, and chances to blog have been slim. I’ve been keeping myself busy with my now very-involved PhD project, but in-between, I’m also doing a little spring cleaning around here. I’m just sitting … Continue reading

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Review/Teardown: Unbranded Mini Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard (BK3001BA)

It’s pretty clear that tablet devices are a bit difficult when it comes to productivity. Trying to do anything that involves quite a bit of typing or data entry becomes a chore – I couldn’t imagine writing an entire blog … Continue reading

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Review: TBS TBS6925 PCI-e Professional Satellite Tuner Card

It’s been a very long time in the making – prior to purchasing this card in 2011, TBS had been in contact with me as I was helping them with some bug-fixing for a different model of card, and they … Continue reading

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rand(): Happy Long-Weekend! Syd Trains stuff, FB Ad, Wonky WD, Carrier Locking

Well, thanks to Labour day, I’m enjoying a long weekend (and so is most of Australia). It’s also been a pretty action-packed weekend with the Fleet Review, Footy Grand Final and a  concert of some sort (meh). I didn’t partake … Continue reading

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Analysis: Foxtel Satellite DVB-S/DVB-S2 Services

Some readers may be familiar with my recent look at freeview, but for those who aren’t, I was basically interested in finding out how much data is in the air for digital TV, and how much data is dedicated for … Continue reading

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Review: Acer Iconia W3 (Intel Atom Z2760) 8.1″ Windows 8 Tablet

Background Early in 2013, when it was announced that Acer and Asus (two of the biggest OEMs in the market) would stop producing netbooks, I was rather disappointed. I had always intended to write a blog post about it, but … Continue reading

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Experiment: USB to SATA bridge chips and >2Tb drives

This article was prompted by this comment on my previous posting about disassembling the Toshiba Canvio 3Tb External Hard Drive: Hi! Love your blog, haven’t had a reason to comment yet but here goes. I recently bought some Hitachi 4TB … Continue reading

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Analysis: DVB-T Freeview in Sydney, NSW, Australia

It’s probably been clear from my “new year’s” piece that I’m not too much a fan of the free-to-air TV in Sydney (or Australia) at the moment. Ultimately, it delivers quantity but not quality. As I noticed the recent “launching” … Continue reading

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How to: Disassemble Toshiba Canvio Desk (3Tb) External Hard Drive

Since I published an article concerning the Toshiba Canvio Desk 3Tb External Hard Drive, many visitors to the site had arrived looking for instructions to disassemble the drive. The product itself is very well priced – and in some countries, … Continue reading

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