Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tech Flashback (& Experiment): Fujifilm DLTtape IV Cartridge

Thanks to one of my friends at the university, while I was out of action due to my ankle, he managed to save me quite a few “old” things that were thrown out. One of them was this – a … Continue reading

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Tale of two Flash drives: LaCie Porsche Design 16Gb vs Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 32Gb

It’s a bit of an unusual review this time around, since I had a gift voucher I absolutely had to spend, I decided to grab some USB 3.0 flash drives (amongst other things) with it. LaCie Porsche Design 16Gb A … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Ultra 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC

This is the latest installment of my microSDHC craziness – the long-awaited Sandisk Ultra 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC. If anything, the Sandisk Ultra is pretty much the “yardstick” by which other cards are judged by – performance, value, compatibility and reliability … Continue reading

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Review: Avantree Bluetooth 4.0 Micro USB Dongle

Bluetooth is a short-range personal area network technology which is used for transferring files, contact information, connecting hands free sets and stereo headsets to mobile phones, tablets and PCs wirelessly. While generally touted as easy to set up and get … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sony 32Gb UHS-I MicroSDHC Card (SR-32UYA)

As part of my microSD craziness, we’ll be looking at a Sony branded 32Gb UHS-I MicroSDHC card, model SR-32UYA. The cost was about AU$36, and it includes the memory card (Made in Taiwan) and an adapter (Made in China). I … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung Pro 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC Card

UPDATED: Compatibility with RTS5301 workaround found! Merely a few days ago, I reviewed the Samsung Plus 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC Card and wondered exactly how the Pro performs in comparison – what are you really missing out on? As a result, … Continue reading

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Review: Nickel-Zinc (Ni-Zn) Rechargeable Batteries and Charger

The Ni-MH rechargeable battery is the most common AA/AAA rechargeable battery chemistry. It took over as the superior technology both environmentally and technically compared to Ni-Cd. These cells provide a nominal 1.2v, but have improved over time to offer larger … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung Plus 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC Card

Many of the reviews you’ll see are from products which I’ve ended up buying out of necessity and decided I should give them a thorough test run before putting them into use. This is no different – as a departure … Continue reading

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Random: Taking Photos, Siemens A55, Valentines Day, Tandy, etc.

You might have noticed – there hasn’t been a random post in a while! I had always meant to put up one but I ended up getting distracted by something else. Needless to say, regardless of how quiet or busy … Continue reading

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Review & Teardown: Kogan USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader

Last week, Kogan had a free shipping day, and not being one to let such opportunities slip by, I decided to pick up a Kogan USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader for AU$19. It’s a fair price to pay for … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback & Teardown: National PE-201C Electronic Flash Unit

It’s been another very busy week, so posts are a little bit “out of order”, but today I visited my Dad’s and went for a bit of a “dig”. It turned up quite a few pieces of “fruit” – one … Continue reading

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Review: Native Union POP Bluetooth Handset

Thanks to the guys at MobileZap, I’ve got my hands on the Native Union Retro Bluetooth POP Phone in Soft-Touch Black for me to thoroughly review. The POP phone is designed by David Turpin, inspired by the classic 1950’s Bakelite … Continue reading

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K22/Decabit Signalling Schedule Analysis

Earlier, I discovered the annoyance of mains ripple based signalling and developed a means of decoding and logging the transmissions. While I performed some preliminary analysis, further collection was underway. After collecting a little more than a week’s worth of … Continue reading

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Quick Review: 5w & 13w Philips LED Light Globes at Woolworths

Just last week, on one of my better days, I took some time to visit my local supermarket – Woolworths. I haven’t visited one in over a year – so it was an opportunity to see what’s new (and get … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: MP3 Encoding Through the Years

It may be hard to believe, but the MPEG-1/MPEG-2 Layer III standard (commonly known as MP3) is now 19 years old (from public release date, or 21 years old from the first standards release). In technology terms, this is an … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Unintentional MSY Price List Archive

One indicator of the progress of technology is to look back upon old magazines and advertisements to see what was being advertised at the time (and at what price). Rather embarrassingly, I was relatively late to the broadband era (we … Continue reading

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Yay! A surprise package from element14!

It’s a Monday. It’s almost universally known that nothing good happens on a Monday. Even though I’ve been “grounded” by my ankle and its stubborn refusal to heal and not much work for my PhD has been done, I still … Continue reading

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Project: Analyze Mains Power Flicker Issue & Ripple Signalling

Over the past few weeks, we had experienced a few power outages and it came to my attention that the CFL in my room might be about to go. It had a characteristic “brightness” variation which seemed to pulsate from … Continue reading

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