Monthly Archives: February 2015

Review, Teardown: Corsair Flash Voyager LS 32Gb USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Corsair has been a trusted name in DRAM memory for a long time, which resulted in a brand expansion into peripherals, accessories, power supplies and more. It seems like whatever Corsair puts their brand on is a product you can … Continue reading

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Teardown: A Dying “X-Glow”-branded Cree XLamp Torch

A few years ago, while shopping around at a local Jaycar, I got a bit distracted and did something bad. I made an impulse buy. I saw a nice LED torch sitting on the shelf, on special, with a very … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 3: Hong Kong Free-to-Air DTMB Analysis

What does somebody do when they’re in a room and want to relax for a bit? They watch television, of course! Having lived the majority of my life in Australia, it also provides the double-benefit of allowing me to soak … Continue reading

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Teardown: Unbranded Digital LCD Satellite Finder

In a previous posting, I explored two different styles of satellite finders, as part of attempts to repair those units. I did mention that I had a third type of unit, based on a digital LCD display. For completeness, I … Continue reading

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Opinion: Secure Digital – A Valuable but Frustrating Flash Card Format

Given how many devices nowadays rely on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, it’s not expected that I could say anything bad about them right? Well, as valuable as the format is, there are some frustrations with it, which I will … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 5)

In this ongoing experiment which started back in late September here, I’ve been diligently putting a powerbank through controlled charge-discharge cycling while measuring the effective capacity based on a methodology I developed to measure the real capacity of power banks. … Continue reading

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Opinion: We say goodbye to ElevatorAdjuster @ Youtube

As an engineer, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I do have some unconventional choices when it comes to entertainment. One of the things I love to watch are educational videos and tours of elevators, because they involve electrical … Continue reading

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Teardown: Satellite Switches – Gecen SW-03/Q, GD-41C & Chieta WSD-2041

Satellite signal switches are a common convenience item, allowing a single receiver injecting a steady or encoded 22khz tones on the DC bias on the coax line to remotely control a switch, in order to select from 2, 4 or … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Comsol 8Gb USB 2.0 Flash Stick (UF4-8000)

USB flash drives are one of the most ubiquitous storage devices, this one was anonymously donated to me for some testing. It’s not a particularly special looking drive, but it is one that’s available on the market today – it … Continue reading

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The Raspberry Pi 2: Not all from the UK?

The recently launched, speedier, Raspberry Pi 2 continues the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s legacy of providing affordable computing for educators and tinkerers alike. They recently announced that they have exceeded 5 million units sold, making them the fastest selling British computer. … Continue reading

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Random: Concession Opal, Storage Fails, element14 Blogs, etc.

It’s been an age since I last had the time to write up a random post. Normally, if I’m feeling well, I’d be happy to churn one out every fortnight or thereabouts, but lately, I just didn’t quite have the … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: A Date with the Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B)

Valentine’s Day is normally a time when couples, and prospective couples, celebrate their affections for one another. But what if you don’t have a valentine? It can be a hard time. Sadly for me, it looked like this year would … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Cruzer U 16Gb USB Flash Drive

This one comes courtesy of my aunt, who offered this to me as a gift. As part of commissioning my gear, I always give it a test, so I thought I might as well document it in case someone’s interested … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 2: Around the Hotel & Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui

It might seem a little bit strange that the story of my trip is being told in a (slightly) non-chronological order. Initially I would have loved for it to be in order, but then I decided that it would be … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 1: A View from the Room

For business or for pleasure? Both. Or maybe none. We’ll see. I don’t generally go on many overseas holidays, but starting off with what is (I’m led to believe) probably one of the most cliché phrases to do with holidays … Continue reading

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Repair, Teardown: Unbranded SF-95 Analog & Satlink WS-6903 Digital Satellite Finder

As a RF hobbyist, getting into satellites was quite a natural progression. First, it was amateur radio satellites, and then later progressing onto broadcast TV satellites. To the inexperienced, satellite TV seems rather complex, but it really isn’t provided you … Continue reading

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