Monthly Archives: March 2014

Visited: Inner West Light Rail Extension to Dulwich Hill

In news earlier last week, on Thursday, the Inner West Light Rail Extension to Dulwich Hill opened to the public. Advertisements inside many city train stations had been placed to make commuters aware of this occasion, which has been some … Continue reading

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Teardown: Energizer A23 12v “Car Alarm Remote” Battery

Last week, one of the batteries in a car alarm remote key fob needed replacing, so I managed to get the old expired battery before it hit the bin. I thought I’d take it apart and document it, having done … Continue reading

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Genuinely REAL: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

If you’ve been following along, you probably already know my frustration (and adventure) in trying to get a genuine replacement battery for my Samsung Galaxy SIII. Instead of merely letting the sellers “get off”, or pocketing a partially functioning battery, … Continue reading

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Visited: NRMA Crashed Car Showroom

It seems lately, the NRMA have been very much publicising their Crashed Car Showroom on the radio, and it definitely caught my ear. The chance to be a crash test dummy? Sign me up! At first glance, the whole idea … Continue reading

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Photography: Natural Selections Klahanie Granada Hibiscus Flower

Having a new garden in the backyard to populate with plants, we had some potted plants ready to go in. One of them was in full flower, so I took the opportunity to take some good photos of it. It … Continue reading

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Random Post: Railcorp GSM-R Rollout, Opal Stuff, and other observations

It’s been another busy week, but this time around, there hasn’t been that much “random” action to note. Part of the reason is the fact that I’ve been spending increasing amounts of time inside the microbiology lab where I’m doing … Continue reading

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Salvage: Peppercon LARA IP-KVM

The Peppercon LARA (note, not peppercorn, nor peppercom) is an IP-KVM device produced around 2002 by Peppercon AG of Germany. LARA is one of those “fancy” recursive acronyms standing for LARA Advanced Remote Administration. For those who aren’t familiar, an IP … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The SIMMs

As I managed to scrounge up some time, I decided I would document some of the bits and pieces I’ve managed to collect throughout the years. This post will be dedicated to the SIMMs in my collection – and no, … Continue reading

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Salvage: Conner CFS210A, Maxtor 7080AT, Seagate ST52520A, Quantum ProDrive 2100S Hard Drives

As part of a large bundle of stuff which was generously salvaged on my behalf, these are the hard drives that I managed to get. Definitely a trip down memory lane for some of these drives, and others, completely fascinating. … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 3: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

After having learnt of fake “genuine” Samsung Galaxy SIII replacement batteries after my last two purchase attempts, I used the knowledge I already gained to try and buy another battery which looks more promising. Third time lucky, I thought. I … Continue reading

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Review: 4D Systems Display Starter Kit (Arduino & Raspberry Pi) & Bezel

Note: This is quite a long posting, so feel free to bookmark it for future reference! It’s taken me quite a bit of effort to put together, so I hope you enjoy reading it and following along. If you’re like … Continue reading

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Aldi Mobile: Ain’t no data for you this morning!

I woke this morning to find my AldiMobile data wasn’t functioning. A quick reboot, toggle of the flight mode on and off, and check/change of APN didn’t help either. I checked my credit – it was still there, ready to … Continue reading

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Aldi Mobile Discontinues $35 Plan and 2Gb Data Pack

This post is another post done from a mobile phone, so please bear with me if it’s a bit short. This morning, after connecting to my AldiMobile data service, I received an SMS. The news was not good. It caught … Continue reading

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Random: Site Update, Media Fails, TV Retune, Transport Sydney, Micro*sigh*ft, etc.

Another week, another random post! We begin this week with a quick site update – while I can’t say I have much faith in the scientific accuracy of Alexa’s ranking methods, after 13-14 months of being online at this domain … Continue reading

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Salvage: ATi Radeon HD 2400XT OEM Low-Profile PCI-e Graphic Card

This post is less of a real salvage and test, as it is of a salvage and photograph. This particular OEM graphic card is found in many computers around the university, and seems to have occasionally died off, resulting in … Continue reading

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Tested: Teac CA-200 Internal USB2.0 Card Reader (OEM for Dell)

Being connected to staff at a university is often a rewarding experience, if any of the salvages on this website are anything to go by. Universities are a hot-spot of electronics and information technology, and from time to time they … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 2: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

Lets just say, after the last attempt, I thought I might have aimed a little bit too optimistically at the price point, so I opted to choose a different listing for an original, genuine battery at about 70% more. Eagerly … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 1: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

Lately, I’ve been having a few charging issues with my Samsung Galaxy SIII where, despite being connected to the charger, it refuses to completely charge on occasion. There are numerous posts online which claim the problem is in the connector, … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft MS-DOS Version 4.01

It’s been an extremely busy week, and I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything blog-related at all. Instead, I’m often left staring at piles of stuff I’ve meant to make a mention of on the blog, but … Continue reading

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Random: element14 Webinar, UNSW OWeek, Transport Sydney, etc.

I don’t know what it is, but the interval between these random posts seems to be getting more and more irregular. Part of the reason must be because of how insanely busy I’m becoming … it’s likely that blog posts … Continue reading

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32Gb microSDHC Shootout: Sandisk Extreme, Toshiba Exceria HD, Kingmax Pro

This is the final part of my little crazy venture into testing 32Gb microSDHC cards. All seven cards that I ordered have finally arrived, and in this post, we will see how the Sandisk Extreme, Toshiba Exceria HD and Kingmax … Continue reading

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Review & Testing: Powertraveller Powermonkey Discovery 3500mAh Power Bank

As part of the last “gift voucher that needed spending”, I picked up a Powertraveller Powermonkey Discovery 3500mAh power bank. I didn’t really need one, but nothing else really interested me from the particular shop (which will go unnamed). The … Continue reading

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Review & Testing: Comsol 11000mAh Dual Output Power Bank

This post actually came about because I was chatting with Robert about a few electronics and computing related things when he mentioned that he owned a power bank himself. Knowing from past experience that some power banks are really not … Continue reading

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