Monthly Archives: January 2016

Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Headphones (ZBW4189CN)

Xiaomi has impressed me time and again by bringing a variety of quality products in both functionality and design at prices which are extremely affordable. Ever since they introduced their first audiophile grade over-the-ears headphones, dubbed the Mi Headphones, I … Continue reading

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Review: Generic 4-port USB 3.0 to PCI-E Adapter (STAR-UPCIE201-V1.0, TB01200)

If you’re still running an age-old dinosaur system like me (well, make that around six years old), then you’re probably feeling the pinch from not having quite enough USB 3.0 ports. Maybe you have none at all. I’m lucky that … Continue reading

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Envirobank Container Recycling: A few bugs in the system?

Environmentally speaking, the concept of recycling makes sense. By recycling, we can save energy and re-use existing resources to create new products from old. The problem often is to do with how such items can be efficiently collected. In some … Continue reading

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Power Outage 30th Jan 2016: Severe weather batters Sydney

The words global warming and climate change are often said too quickly when it comes to the short term phenomena known as weather. The past fortnight, however, has been one of extremes in Sydney. Many days start off nice and … Continue reading

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Q&A: How Fast are 2X Floppy Drives in Reality?

This post comes about because of a question from Matson on a very early post of mine about USB Floppy Drives. He wants to know how fast 2x drives are in reality, as there are no hard numbers floating about. … Continue reading

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Q&A: Why Reformatting a USB Key can Change its Size & Performance

Just recently after I had posted my review of the Sandisk Cruzer Facet USB key, a regular reader sent me an e-mail which noted in a concerning tone that reformatting the device causes it to lose about 12-13Mb of storage, … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Gold Apollo AL-924-T Synthesized POCSAG Pagers

Just recently, I posted about my Motorola Advisor pagers, which got me interested in acquiring a more modern style of pager – namely one with a frequency synthesizer so that I don’t have to worry about ordering custom cut crystals … Continue reading

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Teardown: Sienoc Active Mini-DisplayPort to DVI Adapter

For those who don’t upgrade their displays very often, slowly, they can find that their displays fall behind in terms of connectivity options. More modern graphic cards offer an array of multi-monitor output options, but mostly using DisplayPort (DP) or … Continue reading

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Teardown: Digi International Edgeport/8 RS-232 to USB Converter

In the things that have happened to me last week, getting a Digi International Edgeport/8 donated to me was one of the more exciting events. A Little Bit of History It wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: My Collection of SDRAM – 256Mb & 512Mb Modules

This posting continues an earlier posting which explores my collection of SDRAM modules. In this post, we look at the larger 256 and 512 megabyte modules. 256 Megabyte Modules Mitsubishi MH32S64APHB-6 Mitsubushi is a name you would normally associate with … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: My Collection of SDRAM – 128Mb & ECC Modules

Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory, or SDRAM for short, was the JEDEC standardized successor to the asynchronous DRAM used in SIMMs. Demonstrated in 1993, and the de-facto type of memory by 2000, it was employed by later Pentium I systems … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Seatay SBOX02503 2.5″ SATA III to USB 3.0 External Enclosure

What happens when you have a few 2.5″ SSDs lying around after an upgrade? One option is to convert them into external SSDs for fast work usage. Not having any enclosures to use, I decided to consult online for some … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sandisk Cruzer Facet 8Gb USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Readers familiar with my penchant for exotic storage would probably stare at me in confusion as to why I would be reviewing such a plain product such as this one? Interestingly enough, as with most things that I do, there … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Motorola Advisor POCSAG 512/1200bps Pager

When I heard last week that the Motorola branding was going to be shelved and replaced by “Moto by Lenovo”, like many others online, I felt a tinge of sadness as if another great tech brand had fallen by the … Continue reading

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Freeview Updates: TVS off the air, Ch 7 “New Channel” Coming Soon

As I haven’t been watching TV very closely as of late due to my excessively busy schedule, I hadn’t noticed that two relatively major things have happened in the Sydney Freeview space. On 20th December 2015, our community TV station … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Telesin Yi Action Camera Compatible Batteries & Charger (YI-B&C-001)

One of the first accessories action camera owners usually purchase is a second battery of some description to give them a little more shooting time. I am no exception when it comes to this. Often the big issue comes down … Continue reading

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Examined: Li-Ion/Li-Poly-based Power Bank Charge Current Profiles

It’s been a long time since I posted anything about power banks. Believe me, I would have liked to bring you some more reviews, or updates on cycle life testing, but due to my PhD commandeering my dual-measure multimeter I … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaoyi (Yi) Action Camera (YDXJ01XY) & Waterproof Case (BGX4004RT)

In recent years, the popularity of action cameras have skyrocketed with the success of GoPro’s offerings finding their way into hands of adventurous sportspeople, motorsport enthusiasts, skydivers, scuba divers, drone operators and even broadcasters. The breakthrough was in the compact … Continue reading

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Radio: Monitoring the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on HF Radio

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event, starting on Boxing Day (26th December), racing a distance of around 1170km from Sydney, NSW to Hobart, TAS, Australia. This race is considered one of the most difficult yacht races … Continue reading

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