Monthly Archives: December 2015

Teardown, Accuracy Testing: LP7663 Kill-a-Watt-clone Power Usage Meter

Sometimes when I mention an idea, I will quickly become fixated on it and try to flesh it out as best as I can. Just yesterday, I was mentioning about how low-cost power usage meters can mislead, and today, I’m … Continue reading

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Teardown: A Failed Efergy Elite (Classic) 1.0 Energy Monitor

As part of a push to drive the home’s electricity consumption down and better understand how energy was being utilized, I installed a clamp-style wireless energy monitor from Efergy in the house. Operating over 433Mhz, the transmissions were also useful … Continue reading

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Standby/No-Load Power Consumption: Are we doing it right?

The issue of energy efficiency has always been an issue with electrical appliances. With increasing adoption of ever-cheaper appliances, energy rating labelling initiatives and minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for a range of products have been put into place to … Continue reading

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Experiment: LG D686 Battery Charging Investigation

Earlier, in my article about modifying a USB charger doctor as a USB current shunt, I elaborated on the possibility of microcycling occurring in the battery of my mobile phone due to the irregular current profile after the phone had … Continue reading

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Experiment: ZIP Defect Lists & Software-Enabled Write Protection

With my last post testing the write-protection with just one cartridge, we didn’t demonstrate any PLIST changes. While I took the GLIST changes as indicating the lists being both “fluid”, more concrete proof was desired in case one of the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: More ZIP Defect Tests & Trouble In Paradise Utility

Once you get started on something, often times, you realize there are things still left to be done. Indeed, this post comes about because of my previous experiments inspired by Matson’s comments, and this time, he came up with another … Continue reading

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Experiments: ZIP Disk Defect Lists, Mode Page Changes, Protected Cartridges

This post is going to get quite long, filled with walls of text, and ultimately not of any great interest to the majority of modern tech-people unless somehow you’re interested in ZIP drive behaviour, so feel free to skip this … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: How many ways can you use your ZIP disk?

Preformatted ZIP disks are known to have come with promotional advertising in the form of an executable file. In the ZIP 100 era, the cartridges came with this applet. The recently salvaged ZIP 250 came with a much later applet … Continue reading

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Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Updates, Philips Hue Bulb Compatibility & Performance

From my previous experiments noting compatibility issues with Philips Hue globes not playing with the LIGHTIFY system, it seems that OSRAM has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to solve the reported issues and bring LIGHTIFY users something new before … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: ZIP250 Disk & Drive, ZIP100 USB Drive & Coloured Disk

Here’s another one for those nostalgic people who just can’t get enough of the Iomega ZIP. This site’s seen quite a few postings on the ZIP drive and disks, but because of its influence, I still to this day handle … Continue reading

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Modified: USB Charger Doctor as USB Current Shunt

A while back, I had purchased and completely tore down some USB Charger Doctors. While they didn’t seem very modifiable at the time, I came across a need which could easily be fulfilled should I choose to modify one of … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung 850 EVO 1Tb (MZ-75E1T0B) Solid State Drive

Solid-state drives are something that I can rarely get enough of, as high performance storage has a big impact on the time spent waiting on a computer to get data-heavy tasks done. As someone who has enjoyed this, I had … Continue reading

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Event-Fail: Geminid Meteor Shower (14th December 2015)

Not being a keen astronomer myself, I’m not clued into events that happen in the sky most of the time. Just by chance, this week, while eating dinner, I watched a news story on TV which tipped me off about … Continue reading

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Pingdom Free Accounts: Changes to provide best services to paid users

Readers to my website who have stuck around for a while have probably understood that keeping this site online has not always been an easy task with downtime being a frequent consequence of the shared hosting provider especially in the … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaomi (Mi) In-Ear Headphones Pro

Xiaomi (or Mi for short) have been on a roll, showing time and time again that you don’t need to pay much for quality, style and functionality. Their portfolio of electronics continues to grow, as does their brand presence, spreading … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Belkin WeMo Switch (F7C027au)

All of this home automation stuff is admittedly a little addictive – being the curious type, I’ve always wanted to see how far these things can go. As a result, in addition to buying the Belkin WeMo globes at a … Continue reading

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Teardown: Alcatel 3AU 04805 ABAA & LSE LSF2070 ADSL Microfilters

While rummaging around my old equipment box, I came across some in-line microfilters which I have collected as spares from discarded modem boxes or from places where they suspect having filter problems and have had their filters interchanged with a … Continue reading

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Teardown Fail: Philips 13w E27 LED Globe

A good 20-months ago, I settled on a Philips 13w E27 LED globe for my room. At the time, it seemed like a solid buy, given that I had no RF problems and it was as bright as expected with … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Philips Hue 8.5W E27 Globe, tested w/OSRAM LIGHTIFY

UPDATE: Please note that this information is now historical and outdated. I have contacted OSRAM about the compatibility issue and I can confirm its resolution as of Gateway Wi-Fi Firmware Version 1.1.2.90, Zigbee Firmware Version 1.2.0.67. Many thanks to OSRAM … Continue reading

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Review: Belkin WeMo Smart LED Globe & Test w/OSRAM LIGHTIFY

When it comes to Zigbee-enabled smart lighting devices in Australia, the one predominant vendor at this moment is Belkin with their WeMo system. While the WeMo system itself has its share of mixed feedback, it was reported by Belkin that … Continue reading

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