Monthly Archives: August 2014

Project: 20th Anniversary Pentium G3258 – Part 2: Overclocking & Benching

As an engineer, I get excited whenever I have any form of optimization to perform. Overclocking is a kind of optimization, depending on how you do it – in this case it’s attempting to extract the maximum clock rate, with … Continue reading

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Project: 20th Anniversary Pentium G3258 – Part 1: The Nostalgia & the Parts

It’s not often in technology that something lasts a good 20 years, but it seems, the Pentium name is one of them. To celebrate this, Intel released a special Intel Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 in mid-2014 based on the … Continue reading

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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 3 – Sandisk Extreme II & Transcend SSD340 (again)

For those who are interested in the topic, they might also want to see Part 1 and Part 2 to better understand the caveats and limitations, as it will put this article in a better context. So far, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sandisk Extreme II 480Gb Solid-State Drive (SDSSDXP-480G)

I think there’s no doubt that I love solid state drives. Can’t have enough of them. While on a “per gigabyte” basis, they look expensive compared to hard drives, their true economy is in saving time and improving performance. To … Continue reading

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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 2 – Transcend SSD340 256Gb + StoreJet 25S3

Having just done a review and teardown of the Transcend SSD340 256Gb SSD, astute readers will note that the product was purchased in a bundle with a Transcend branded USB 3.0 2.5″ enclosure. While the inclusion of the enclosure is … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Transcend SSD340 256Gb 2.5″ Solid-State Drive (TS256GSSD340)

Solid state drives are now a vital part of every computer I build and use. Most of my commonly used machines in my fleet have already been outfitted with SSDs, and it has paid dividends in terms of faster response … Continue reading

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Further Investigation: Power Bank Endurance Issues and Modification

Through many tests of power banks, there seems to be many metrics by which they can be judged and their performance determined. While I have focused on capacity as the first metric, and determined some power banks to be outright … Continue reading

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Random: Site Stuff, Sydney Trains Stuff, Raspberry Pi Fun, Permissions Creep, etc.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a random post, or any sort of post for that matter. Don’t worry though – I’m still here, and I’m still busy as always. If there was a picture that could describe how … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung Evo 32Gb (MB-MP32D) microSDHC Card

It seems that Samsung has done some shuffling with their memory cards, and the Samsung Plus is no longer available. Instead, they have instead drawn on their SSD branding scheme and bought the Evo moniker to their microSD and SD … Continue reading

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Marketing Confusion: Wireless 802.11ac Data Rates Explained

For people who have looked at upgrading their network to 802.11ac, no doubt you have been perplexed by the wide range of physical layer rates advertised. Before, in the 802.11b and g era, all cards operated at just one rate … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fujitsu M2266SA – Part 4 – A Time Capsule Unleashed

While most people will see computer hardware as physical objects, often they have a story which is greater than what appears on the surface. For most devices, the story lives and dies with the owner, but in the case of … Continue reading

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Exploration: Improving Power Bank Ripple Performance

Those who have been following along in my power bank testing articles will note that the vast majority that I have looked at have hardly been impressive. Some things seem rather fixed – for example, the voltage regulation which is … Continue reading

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Review: Raspberry Pi Model B+ & Multicomp Raspberry Pi B+ Case

Having been kept busy with many side projects of mine, I was rather caught unaware when, on 14th July 2014, the Raspberry Pi foundation announced their latest and greatest iteration of the Raspberry Pi, dubbed the Raspberry Pi Model B+. … Continue reading

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Amaysim: Unlimited now $44.90/mo w/5Gb Data but no free Social Media

It seems like the trend of Optus data price hikes has slowly been reflected in carrier pricing, one of their victims being TPG, which shaved their data offerings, in some cases, hiked the price and killed off free social networking … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: World Solution Technology (WST) A28 8000mAh Power Bank

This will be the last of a long series of power bank related posts, at least for a while. You have no idea how glad I am, since testing easily will drive you nuts. Without further ado, the last power … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Wonderful Life Because of You 8400mAh(?) Power Bank

Just like the tree that keeps on giving, the power bank rabbit hole goes quite deep. This one is a pretty “generic” looking set, to the point that I didn’t know what to call it. No clear indication of capacity … Continue reading

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Random: Sunset, More Rail Stuff, Facebook Meltdown, Recovering an Arduino, etc.

Not that much random stuff to report on this week – I’ve been too busy with everything else, quite possibly. Lovely Sunset over Sydney On 28th July 2014, Sydney experienced the sunset that almost broke the internet. Too bad, all … Continue reading

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JJC/9VF Kyodo News Radio Fax (August 2014)

Wenlock commented on my initial post about JJC/9VF Kyodo on 25th July claiming that it appears Kyodo is now QRT. Knowing that radiofax services are dwindling, due to high cost of maintenance, problems sourcing parts for repair and mariners having … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Power on the go! 6000mAh Power Bank

If you haven’t already guessed it, testing power banks gets a little tiring after a while. But it doesn’t matter, because I might as well do it while I still have some motivation to keep going – this one’s thanks … Continue reading

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Review: Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x SATA Internal Blu-ray Writer

A while back, I decided to build myself a new rig on the account of many random failures. Being one of the few that insist on retaining an optical media drive, I couldn’t resist picking myself up a new Blu-ray burner. … Continue reading

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Laptop Wireless Card Whitelists: An upgrade nightmare

What if I told you that an Intel 7260 dual-band dual-stream (marketing value 1200Mbit/s) 802.11ac mPCIe card with Bluetooth 4.0 costs just $26.50 including shipping and with just 5 to 15 minutes of your own work, you should be able … Continue reading

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