Monthly Archives: March 2016

Event: PhD Thesis Submission Day (31st March 2016)

Thursday 31st March 2016 was probably an ordinary day for most people. But for a group of uni students, this day is one of a special kind. Census date. The last day to submit your PhD/Masters thesis or else risk … Continue reading

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Failed: 300W Linear Halogen Bulb

Halogen lights are one of the least efficient lighting technologies and they really should be replaced wherever possible. Sure, they’re more efficient than the humble incandescent, but only by a percent or two, rather than the 85% or so that … Continue reading

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Fail, Teardown: LG G Pro Lite Dual (D686) BL-48TH Battery Swelling

Aside: Given that I’ve got a PhD thesis to hand in on Thursday this week, what the hell am I doing posting blogs? Well, as it turns out, in-between putting-out fires, I need to recharge and it seems that posting … Continue reading

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Review: 1MORE Super Bass Earphones (EO303)

On this site, I’ve managed to review and test numerous 1More design products under the Xiaomi/Mi branding, but in this article, I will be reviewing a 1More branded product for the first time. The EO303 is also known as their … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: “Avoid driving fast card” USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter

It’s always nice to have a few extra Ethernet interfaces on a computer – sometimes you need to run a software firewall, use a computer as a router, or you just need to sniff some network traffic running to a … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Maestro Woomera (W56ERSP) 56k V.90 Modem

It’s pretty rare, but sometimes, your wishes get answered. Sometimes … just sometimes, you wish for something, it turns up on eBay … and nobody else bids for it and you end up snagging a bargain. After the slight disappointment … Continue reading

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Fix: Soft-subtitles cause video to stutter in MPC-HC

Soft-subtitles are a wonderful invention. Basically they’re just a set of scripts with the subtitle text, some timing information, and in some formats, some formatting and animation options. It’s up to your computer to render this and overlay it over … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Maestro Woomera VW92-USB M240 Modem

It’s not very often certain very particular pieces of hardware turn up online. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a mission in regards to voice-band modem technology (many more articles to come), so I’ve been emptying my pockets quite … Continue reading

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Teardown: Moxa NPort 5110 Serial Device Server

As someone with a lot of serial devices, and various retro-inspired experiments, problems with serial co-existence are everyday life. Things like certain USB to serial adapters which don’t put out proper RS-232 levels and only put out TTL, or drivers … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft ISP Referral Service

I’m not sure if many people ever used it, or if people were even aware of it, but in many versions of Windows, Microsoft included a mechanism for people who didn’t have internet access to obtain internet access by signing … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Flashing a Dial-Up Modem using Flashcom

After some dial-up modem adventures as of late, I realized my Netcomm Roadster II 56k Ultra SVD wasn’t quite as up to date as it could be. It had Firmware V1.53 on it, and the latest version was likely to … Continue reading

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Freeview (Quick) Update: 7flix now with MPEG-1 audio as well!

Due to the poor user response, it seems that Channel 7 has, as I had predicted it would, partially done a backflip with 7flix’s audio. That being said, if they were really nice, they should probably split out another 128kbit/s … Continue reading

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Freeview Update: Analysis of Network TEN’s Multiplex after launch of TEN HD

Today, Wednesday 2nd March, marks the launch of TEN HD’s service, promised to us at 3pm AEDST. They have a press release and a list of FAQs which includes a free call helpline (1800 783 117) for more information. Sadly, … Continue reading

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