Monthly Archives: January 2014

Random: Happy CNY, DASH, Drive-by-Download Ads, Zoom H1 F/W Upgrade, etc

I’m not sure it’s that appropriate given the circumstances surrounding my extended family, but today is the eve of the lunar new year, so an early “Happy Chinese New Year” to all. Technically, it is more like “Happy Lunar New … Continue reading

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RIP Grandma: Funeral 26th January 2014

Today might be Australia Day, but it also happens to be the day that the funeral for my maternal Grandmother was held in Hong Kong. She had passed away peacefully on the 6th December 2013 at 0015UTC in her hospital … Continue reading

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Project: Analyze Infrared Remote Signals with PiFace Control and Display

As part of being selected for the element14 RoadTest of the XBMC kit, I was also provided a PiFace Control and Display for some reviewing. As you can appreciate, it’s been very much busy on my end, and my inability … Continue reading

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Bye Bye LogMeIn Free: No More Free Rides

It seems that the new year is not only a time for resolutions to get fit, but instead, for online service providers to re-evaluate their offerings. Numerous services have announced closures and alterations – this morning, it’s LogMeIn Free. LogMeIn … Continue reading

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My Last DSE Kit: The Story of How I Got into Electronics

Since I’ve started the blog, the majority of my posts have always focused on the technical aspects of different products and items. But increasingly, I feel, it’s also valuable to provide a personal perspective to the posts, so I have … Continue reading

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Analysis: Australian Hearing’s Telscreen 1800 826 500

Australian Hearing’s Telscreen is the “world’s most advanced over the phone hearing test”. It is operated on the Australian Free-call number 1800 826 500 and is not available to mobile phones. This service offers users the ability to check their … Continue reading

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Mega Rand: Inspiration, Fails, CeBIT, Unwanted S/W, iOS Safari Image Resizing etc.

Welcome to another “random” post – a collation of bits and pieces of random thought which don’t quite deserve their own posting. Last week, I didn’t get around to making one, so this week’s another “bumper” crop of randomness. Inspiration … Continue reading

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Reverse-Engineering & Emulating the Kogan Active-Shutter 3D TV IR Protocol

In an earlier post, I looked at the provided active-shutter 3D glasses from Kogan and aftermarket compatible glasses which can be used with their TVs. A key sticking point of that article was that different TVs often use different synchronization … Continue reading

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Active Shutter 3D Glasses: Teardown & Kogan Compatibility?

As a treat to myself and my family, I purchased a Kogan 50″ 3D LED TV just before Christmas on pre-sale. The price was great (compared to what it is now), and I wasn’t expecting perfection. Needless to say, Christmas … Continue reading

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Testing: SD Card Sequential, Medium & Small Block Performance Round-Up

Most users are aware that flash memory comes in a variety of speeds and capacities. Early-on, flash manufacturers attached different monikers to their memory to confer their relative speeds (e.g. Ultra, Ultra II, Extreme III, Extreme IV), which were sometimes … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba Exceria Type 2 64Gb UHS-1 SDXC Card

Photographers and hobbyists alike continue to have a nearly insatiable need for “large capacity” memory cards with high speed and reliability and preferably low cost. The “traditional” people who claim to know better tend to stick with Sandisk and Lexar … Continue reading

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element14 RoadTest: Raspberry Pi Media Centre Bundle

While on my blog, it’s been fairly quiet over the past week or so, it was not in vain. Careful readers may have picked up on a leak earlier in the list of CID and CSD values which included an … Continue reading

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Random: Bump/Flock to Shutdown, Inside Acer Iconia W3, Webcam Sensor, etc.

It almost seems like yesterday I wrote my last random post, but it’s now the weekend and that seems as good as any other time to put up another one. Bump and Flock to Shutdown Just before 6am AEDST, I … Continue reading

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Project: Read, Collect & Decode SD Card CSD Register Data

As a followup to yesterday’s post of collecting and decoding the Card Identification Register data from various SD cards, I couldn’t resist the challenge to try and decipher the Card Specific Data Register (CSD). Interestingly, I pored over datasheets for … Continue reading

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Project: Read, Collect & Decode SD Card CID Register Data

Buying flash memory from poorly reputed places, such as Chinese computer markets, and online auction sites is an often known way to collect BAD flash memory cards that fall short on performance, longevity and data security. SD cards, along with … Continue reading

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Random Post: Happy New Year

First and foremost, Happy New Year to everyone! Gee, didn’t 2013 go by really quickly? I suppose time flies when you’re “having fun” or “otherwise occupied”, and I’ve definitely been occupied a lot. This is probably the largest random post … Continue reading

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