Monthly Archives: October 2015

Tech Flashback: Fast Ethernet Network Interface Card Collection (Part 2)

This post is part of a two post series looking at the Fast Ethernet NICs in my collection, with some reminiscence of the legacy Fast Ethernet has left behind. Here are some more interesting and varied NICs in my collection. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fast Ethernet Network Interface Card Collection (Part 1)

The era of Fast Ethernet was a highly important and memorable (at least, to me) period in computing history. Introduced in 1995 (i.e. 20 years ago), after most competing networking technologies were starting to fall by the wayside, it added … Continue reading

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Review: Western Digital WD60EZRX 6Tb Green Hard Drive

One thing I can’t do without is oodles of storage. Some of my experiments have very peculiar storage demands – from high volume storage, to high speed streaming storage, I have to carefully consider my needs and how to best … Continue reading

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How To: Remove WD Hard Drive from MyBook Enclosure

Well, seeing as I purchased four of the 6Tb MyBook drives, you didn’t think I would just leave them in their external cases, being strangled by a USB 3.0 bus without UASP, right? Well, of course not. The main reason … Continue reading

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Review: Western Digital My Book 6Tb USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

One thing power users know is that their appetite for storage is pretty much insatiable. In order to try satisfying this craving, I’ve decided to go on an all-out spending spree and grab myself some more storage. Instead of buying … Continue reading

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Sony AN-LP1 Active Loop Antenna: What about putting it outside?

In the previous part, I was looking at improving the performance of the Sony AN-LP1. With the modifications not really achieving the desired effect, I decided to do what most sensible people might do – put the antenna outside, so … Continue reading

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Review, Tested: Verbatim Lifetime Archival (Millenniata/M-Disc) 4x BD-R 25Gb

Consumer grade optical storage has always been a bit of a gamble when it comes to reliability, especially when it comes to cheap commodity media and your ‘average’ drive compatibility, resulting in burns with uncertain lifetime if care isn’t taken … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA 11W ES Frosted Round CFL

For some strange reason, it seems like it’s recently been CFL failure season. It could be the weather, but more likely, it’s just a random co-incidence. Today’s teardown candidate is another one of IKEA’s old series of CFL globes – … Continue reading

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Teardown, Modification: Sony AN-LP1 Active Loop Antenna

When an engineer isn’t happy with something, they often try to “fix” it. Sometimes this ends up in hilarious failure where the said object becomes more broken than when they started. Sometimes it ends up in success, but most of … Continue reading

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Review: Sony AN-LP1 Indoor Shortwave Active Loop Antenna

One of my plans after I finish my PhD is to take some time off and travel the world. Being an engineer at heart, I don’t just take “regular” holidays – I need to bring my hobbies and experiments along. … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Unbranded “Generic” vs WiNRADiO WR-LWA-0130 Longwire Adapters

Anyone who wants to listen to shortwave radio, or monitor high frequency transmissions, would have met the dilemma of trying to get a decently performing antenna. As it stands, most smaller radios with inbuilt telescopic antennas rarely reach more than … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Raspberry Pi Model A+ & Official Raspberry Pi Case

A while back, I wrote a post for element14, and they offered to send me some goodies in return. At long last, they have arrived, so lets take a quick look at them. Raspberry Pi Model A+ When it comes … Continue reading

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QSL Cards: HFCC-ASBU B15 Conference (Radio Vaticana & KTWR)

Twice every year, the High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC) is held to decide on frequency allocations for HF frequency users (i.e. shortwave broadcasters, utility stations, etc) for half of the year (i.e. schedule A or B, sometimes referred to as … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB (MZ-7KE1T0) Solid State Drive

One night, staying up late after doing some work, I caught the fact that eBay was having a 15% off “everything” sale. A few minutes later, a bright idea popped in my head, and almost equally as quickly, over AU$500 … Continue reading

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Teardown: Philips Tornado 24W Spiral ES CFL

I’m technically on hiatus, and I am piled up with work, but some days I just find it hard to go without doing something to break the monotony, so I’m back with a few seemingly random posts. We kick off … Continue reading

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