Monthly Archives: August 2015

Surprise Package: The MagPi Arrives, by Air, in Hard Copy!

It’s not often, but sometimes things just turn up at your doorstep when you least expect it. Earlier this week, I received this mysterious envelope all the way from element14’s UK office. I wonder what it is … As you … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fellowes Neato 2000 CD Labeler Kit

It’s the year 2000 and CD recording at home is a new development. Discs are expensive, and individually wrapped in retail packaging. These discs will have branding all over their faces and inserts. Printable discs didn’t really exist yet in … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: iomega ZIP 100 Parallel Port Drive (Mint in Package!)

My fellow readers who have been following for a while would know that I’m literally swimming in Zip disk gear. Amongst the things I’ve done include taking one apart, looking at the performance of the drive compared to its contemporary … Continue reading

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Teardown: Vonets VAP11G Ethernet to 802.11g Wireless Bridge

What do you do when you have some device that only supports wired-Ethernet, but it’s going to be deployed in a place where it isn’t practical to install cabling? Well, the easy solution is to use Wi-Fi, through a device … Continue reading

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element14: Identifying Your Model of Raspberry Pi

Well, lets just say that I’ve been invited to write a short piece for element14 about Identifying Your Model Raspberry Pi, and it’s now gone live. As we all know, the Raspberry Pi has been around for a while now, … Continue reading

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Random: Opal Card Stories, Tips & Central Station Upgrades

The Opal Card is an automatic fare collection system based around NXP MiFare DESFire EV1 NFC cards and readers supplied by Cubic Transportation Systems (based on readers on the Oyster card network). It has been in use since December 2012 … Continue reading

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Mega Tech Flashback: Writable Optical Discs: MO, PD, DVD-RAM

[As it turns out, this is one of those posts I’ve always meant to do but never got around to it. It’s been sitting in my drafts box since March 2013, and I’m glad that I have now actually finished … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Microcasette – Part 2: The Recorders

If I had just a bunch of tapes but nothing to use it with, it wouldn’t be that exciting. After all, the last thing I had (prior to this batch of donated gear) was a Computec branded single-tape answering machine … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Microcasette – Part 1: The Tapes

Just the other day, I was talking to a random stranger about floppy disks and VHS cassettes, and how another generation has already been born not knowing the frustrations and wonderment of simple old-fashioned technology. It’s interesting how such old … Continue reading

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Teardown: Airis Photostar N702D 3.2MP Digital Camera

People often donate old and unwanted gear to me, in the hopes that I have some use for it, or I can have some use for it – whether that means taking it apart, or writing a blog about it. … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sevenoak SK-EBH01 Electronic Ball Head

Time lapses have a very interesting effect in the way they compress time, allowing the viewer to observe things that may happen very slowly over a long time which would be impractical to witness in real-time, or to appreciate the … Continue reading

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Mega Review, Teardown: Oukitel A28 Smart Watch

At the present moment, Oukitel is one of the lesser known mobile phone brands from China. Symbolizing an “OK life for U and I”, the company has diversified its product range by launching their first wearable product – the Oukitel … Continue reading

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