Monthly Archives: December 2013

Review: Adonit Jot Script (Evernote Edition) & Jot Touch 4 Styli

As I’m sure some of you would be aware, yesterday was Christmas day. Judging from the responses to my poll, a majority of visitors to the website seem not to know what it is, or don’t celebrate it at all, … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sanyo Eneloop Batteries & Charger NC-MQN04A

When Sanyo introduced the Eneloop, it was a revolution in rechargeable Ni-MH batteries. Prior to the eneloop, Ni-MH batteries either had limited capacity (1600-1800mAh) and decent self discharge characteristics, or they had great capacity (2500-2700mAh) and terrible self discharge characteristics. … Continue reading

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Teardown, Recordings: 1 by One Wireless Door Chime R/X QH-0031 (Quhwa QH-09D)

This post will probably make me seem like a crazy nutter, but oh well. I cannot deny the fact that I can do some very strange things from time to time. I needed a wireless doorbell to alert me to … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: Efergy Elite Classic 2.0

For those who have read my last teardown of the Efergy HM01 Energy Monitor, they would have noted my discovery that it was not compatible with EfergyRPI_001 decoding through rtl-sdr due to a different FSK data format. I haven’t had … Continue reading

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“Dead” laptop battery? Better remove it!

This is going to be another one of those “random” out-of-the-blue posts. This week, a friend’s Apple Model A1181 (late 2006) white Macbook arrived for some upgrades. Namely, it was due to have a RAM upgrade and to have its … Continue reading

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RTL-SDR: 433.92Mhz ASK/OOK Decoding of Various Devices with rtl_433

Since I got into the rtl-sdr craze, one thing I’ve always been interested in doing is decoding various sensors and remote controls which operate using RF. In order to do this, you must first acquire the signal, understand its modulation … Continue reading

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Obituary: Nullsoft Winamp (21 Apr 1997 – 20 Dec 2013, 16 y.o.)

Around a month ago, the news stories already started making the rounds. I first saw it on Slashdot, proclaiming that Winamp was to be shut down on the 20th December 2013. The banner on Winamp’s website definitely said that it … Continue reading

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More RTL2832U Tuners: Full-Size FC0013, Mid-Size R820T

Since I got into rtl-sdr, there really hasn’t ever been enough tuners for me to play around on a given day. Now that I have a substantial tuner collection (three E4000’s, three R820T’s just for experimentation), I always feel the … Continue reading

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Teardown: Sunshine T5 S13582W 13W Ballast

Part of the whole clean-up business also means that I get rid of some of my old junk. Many years ago (2006 actually), on a holiday to Hong Kong, I purchased a set of four Sunshine branded T5 S13582W 13W … Continue reading

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Salvage and Take-Apart: Samsung DLP Lamp BP96-00826A(P)

Sunday this week was a council-mandated clean-up day. It’s a time for much illegal dumping and moving of old furniture and CRT TVs to the side of the road. It’s also a time for salvage people (myself included) to pick … Continue reading

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Random Post: RIP Grandma, Ankle, Postal Delays, etc

RIP Grandma This week, my mum made an emergency trip back to Hong Kong, leaving Sydney on Thursday. On Friday night, on her first visit to the hospital to see her mother, she was able to spend some time with … Continue reading

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Teardown and Project: Clone Nikon ML-L3 IR Remote and Emulation

Users of Nikon cameras, including the D3200, have had several choices for remote triggering. The use of a wired remote is traditional, with infrared (IR) remotes being common accessories for many and Wi-Fi just becoming the latest craze. The Product … Continue reading

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Freeview Sydney: New Digital DVB-T Carrier at 184.500Mhz (Ch 7)

Gosh things move FAST! Just this morning, Analog TV was turned off, and VHF channel 7 was vacated. While playing with rtl-sdr, I realize that there’s an OFDM signal in 184.500Mhz. I don’t remember seeing it right after the 9am … Continue reading

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Obituary: Analog TV in Sydney (1956(ABC,ATN,TCN)/1964(TEN)/1980(SBS) – 3 Dec 2013)

We all knew it was coming. The government did a good job of warning us, and today the day has arrived. As I write this, I feel some sort of sadness that a technology which has served us, incrementally improved … Continue reading

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Random Post: My Ankle MRI Scan (with Images)

This week, regular random post service has been suspended for something all-the-more exciting. On Sunday this week, I managed to get an MRI for my ankle through Advanced Imaging Westmead at Westmead Private Hospital. The service was rendered through referral, … Continue reading

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