Monthly Archives: June 2016

Melb2016: A Super-Special SyQuest Side Quest (Part 12)

At last, the promised final special part of my Melbourne trip has arrived. The difference is that this part didn’t really have anything to do with my trip to Melbourne at the beginning, and started long before I even had … Continue reading

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By Invitation: On Location at HPM Legrand’s Head Office

Normally, review challenge products are submitted, reviewed, published and that is that. After reviewing HPM’s DLI9002 LED Downlight and the Legrand E2 Edgelight LED Exit Sign, I was given an invitation to visit HPM Legrand’s head office in Prestons, in … Continue reading

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Teardown, Review: Mercator Retina 10W (MD499) White LED Downlight

Mercator is an Australian owned lighting company, whose products are occasionally seen in local hardware and lighting shops. This article looks at the Mercator Retina 10W LED Downlight, model number MD499 in White, donated anonymously under the terms of the … Continue reading

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RoadTest Review: Keysight Technologies E36103A Power Supply

If you think all I have been doing is blogging about my holiday and LED lighting … the truth is that there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes. I was fortunate enough to be selected by element14 for … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Atom Lighting AT9033/WH/WW 10W LED Downlight

The review challenge submissions keep rolling in. This post looks at the Atom Lighting AT9033/WH/WW 10W Warm White LED Downlight, another product for the Australian market, also anonymously donated. Lets put it through its paces and see what we can … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: SAL Wave S9065 DL 10W LED Downlight

The LED downlight reviews continue, with another anonymous donation for the review challenge. This time, we’re looking at the Sunny Australia Lighting (better known as SAL) Wave S9065 DL (Daylight 6000K) 10W LED downlight. SAL is a major Australian distributor … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Around the “Den” & Leaving Melbourne (Part 11)

After a long series of posts, my time in Melbourne is just about up. This part covers the tail end of the trip, namely where I stayed and heading out of Melbourne. The “Den” Even though the trip was mostly … Continue reading

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GearBest: Counterfeit Item, Uncooperative Staff, PayPal Dispute Needed

With the constant influx of innovative, new, low-cost and high quality from lesser known Chinese manufacturers, a constant battle is to find a source of these products with a good price from someone that you can trust. Online marketplaces are … Continue reading

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Melb2016: DAB+ Scanning & Slideshow Images (Part 10)

In my last post scanning the airwaves in Melbourne, I commented on just how difficult it was to get acceptable FM reception in the hotel. As it turns out, the DAB+ digital radio signals were much easier to receive, and … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Scanning the Airwaves from DC to Daylight (Part 9)

Most of my posts so far about my trip to Melbourne have been revolving around photography in a tourist sense, or as a tram-spotter. While some of the observations included some technical aspects, they were all visible and evident if … Continue reading

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Melb2016: The Tram Catalogue (Part 8)

The last posting dealt with a lot of transport related observations, but you might have noticed that it lacked photos of trams. The reason is that I’ve saved them for this posting – a post almost exclusively intended to catalogue … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Transport Related Observations & Signs (Part 7)

I’ve always been a fan of public transport, no matter where I go. It’s an economical way of travelling, although it’s not always convenient. I don’t mind though – I’m patient and tolerant enough. It’s always interesting to note the … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 13)

This is one of my longest running experiments – an experiment to see how well one particular power bank handles repetitive cycling, just to see how the lithium polymer cell and the electronics handle cycles. This is the 13th part … Continue reading

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Teardown: Failed Philips Genie 14W & Tornado 20W E27 CFLs

Another long weekend, so a good excuse to add some more posts. This post has a double serving of failed Philips CFLs – a Genie 14W and an old style Tornado 20W. These CFLs were used by the strata for … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Self-Guided Night Photography (Part 6)

If the recent postings are anything to go by, people might be mistaken that this is a photography blog. I suppose it is, and it isn’t. Given that one of my interests is photography, and I rarely have good excuses … Continue reading

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Visited: Transport Heritage Expo (11 – 13 June 2016)

Every year, the Transport Heritage Expo is held at Central over the Queens Birthday long weekend and this year is no exception. The event almost slipped my mind, because I’ve been way too busy, but thanks to a heads up … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: DETA DET190 7W Warm White Dimmable LED Downlight

Given that LED lighting is all the rage at the moment, is it a great surprise that another LED product comes up for review? Not at all. This post looks at the DETA DET190 7W Warm White Dimmable LED Downlight, … Continue reading

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Visited: Vivid Sydney 2016 (Part 2)

We continue our Vivid Sydney journey in this part. While there are many exhibits, I didn’t end up photographing the “regulars” such as Customs House or the Museum of Contemporary Art, solely because it was a nightmare trying to get … Continue reading

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Visited: Vivid Sydney 2016 (Part 1)

It’s another year, which means it’s time for yet another Vivid Sydney festival. This year, Vivid is running from 27th May to 18th June, which leaves another nine days to visit (at the time this is posted). Hopefully, if you … Continue reading

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Project: Recovery from Logically Damaged Comsol 8GB USB Key

Late last month, I was contacted by a fellow reader of the blog with a sob story about his Comsol 8GB USB flash drive. Unfortunately, his one had failed in a way rendering the data inaccessible. He also claimed to … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Legrand E2 Edgelight LED Exit Sign (684731)

Emergency exit lighting is not the first thing that comes to mind when the word “lighting” is mentioned, but it is one very important type of lighting especially in larger residential and commercial buildings. Such lighting is regulated by AS2293 … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Daytime Walkabouts 2 (Part 5)

My daylight adventures in Melbourne continue with the afternoon adventure. But first, a little bit of food. I decided to stop off at Rocket Burgers and Fries for a meal, mainly because it was a convenient “on the way” stop, … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Daytime Walkabouts 1 (Part 4)

After going on the free walking tours, I still had a bit of time left in the day and some energy to spare, so I began my roaming almost immediately. As it was already mid-afternoon, I realized I wouldn’t quite … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: HPM DLI9002 7W Cool White LED Downlight

The lighting industry has been undergoing a revolution thanks to LED technology, bringing with it ever higher efficiencies and better lifetime which are becoming more important both from an energy cost and environmental perspective. Home owners with older halogen based … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Free Guided Walking Tour – Afternoon Part (Part 3)

The I’m Free walking tour continues on into the afternoon, with the second half of the tour with the more tasty bits. We get stuck right into the street-art scene, a prominent feature of Melbourne culture. Apparently, such places are … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Free Guided Walking Tour – Morning Part (Part 2)

After the conference was officially over, I had free time to explore Melbourne. Before I left Sydney, I spent some time searching online for various places and attractions worth seeing in Melbourne. Since I had a lot already planned even … Continue reading

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Freeview Update: 7flix “now available on more TVs”

While watching TV yesterday evening, I heard the ad for 7flix’s line up say, rather clearly, now available on more TVs or something to that effect. That alerted me to a change to Channel 7’s multiplex configuration, which means it’s … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Going to the OzWater’16 Conference (Part 1)

It’s been almost a month since my trip down to Melbourne for the OzWater’16 conference, and it’s taken me this long to get all my data together and partially processed so that I could start blogging about it. I suppose … Continue reading

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Teardown: A failed SUNeCON S-SP/38 38W CFL Globe

SUNeCON is not a brand that’s often heard around here, and for good reason. This particular CFL is a very special globe – at least to me anyway. I was walking through a “$10” shop in Hong Kong back in … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: DeePoon V3 Mobile Phone 3D/VR Viewer

While 3D TV hasn’t been as great a success as expected, it seems the world is bypassing 3D for virtual reality with lots of hype and enthusiasm surrounding VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. While these … Continue reading

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