Monthly Archives: August 2016

Post-Mortem: Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter (A1344)

Unlike most of my other posts which are relatively straightforward, this post has a little story behind it. In March, Matson of Chicago, Illinois, USA contacted me about his “dead” Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter and wondered if I’d be … Continue reading

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Video Compression Testing: x264 vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

Having played around with video since I had a few multimedia CD-ROMs and a BT878-based TV tuner card, video compression is one area that has amazed me. I watched as early “simple” compression efforts such as Cinepak and Indeo bought … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Canon DM-2500 Intelligent Organizer

Seeing as I’m not having too much luck getting to sleep, I might as well do something productive, so here comes another post. Apologies in advance if I make any mistakes … It’s hard to imagine now in an era … Continue reading

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Project: Arduino Grid Mouse Clicker (and other Pokemon Go-related fun)

I started my Pokemon Go journey as a “law abiding citizen”. That was, until, someone I knew decided to tell me about this magical thing which could tell me exactly what Pokemon would spawn in front of me at any … Continue reading

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Opinion: Can You Beat Usain Bolt? Not So Fast!

The Rio 2016 Olympics will be a memorable event for a number of reasons, but as it draws to an end tonight (Sydney time), I thought it would probably be nice to have one Olympic-themed post. In an era of … Continue reading

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Weekend Probing Pt. 2: Keweisi KWS-V20 USB Tester IC Connections

What started off as a little exploration led me deeper to try and better understand what was going on with the Keweisi KWS-V20 USB Tester. Even though I don’t have any specialist bus sniffing gear, I decided to just wing … Continue reading

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Weekend Probing: Keweisi KWS-V20 USB Tester IC Connections

After doing a quick review and test of the Keweisi KWS-V20 USB tester, the whole issue of the unknown microcontroller IC, the EEPROM which holds the accumulated charge and the LCD display really bugged me. I thought of the possibility … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Keweisi KWS-V20 USB Tester

It’s almost been one year since I’ve looked at “USB charger doctor” style devices, but having reverse engineered, tested and modified one, I didn’t think I’d ever bother with them again. That was, until I saw the Keweisi KWS-V20 USB … Continue reading

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Review: Jawbone UP2 Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker (JL03)

When it comes to fitness trackers, aside from Fitbit, the next name that most comes to mind is Jawbone. Unfortunately for them, things have been a little rocky, with them taking Fitbit to court over hiring away their employees and … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Funway 2 Project 7: Pocket Transistor Radio

Since the positive reception to my posts about Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics book series (Part 1, Part 2 & 3), I’ve always been meaning to put up more posts about the series and its projects. It was amazing … Continue reading

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Wireless Card Whitelists: Failed Attempt at a HP Pavillion dm1-4108AU

After successfully bypassing the whitelist in my Probook 4525s with the help of Dragy, I felt that it was probably worth trying the same technique on my other whitelisted HP, a Pavillion dm1-4108AU. While other pre-patched BIOS for certain dm1s … Continue reading

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Review: Nitecore MH10 Cree XM-L2 1000lm USB Rechargeable Flashlight

A few weeks ago, I was looking around wondering what I should buy myself, since I haven’t had a new toy for a while now and I really wanted to treat myself. I wanted something that would come in handy, … Continue reading

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DIY: Build a 70cm Band Yagi for Amateur Satellite Tracking

It’s been a long time since I’ve chased any amateur satellites. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the time to chase them, and sadly, things have changed. In the seven years or so, satellites I once “knew” as … Continue reading

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Getting Started: Nuand BladeRFx40, XB-200 Transverter, Case & SDRSharp

This is one of those posts that I should have compiled and put up a long time ago, but never really got around to. Right now, I probably shouldn’t be blogging (since there are more pressing things to attend to), … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 15)

Welcome to the fifteenth installment of this relatively unexciting experiment to see how long a modestly sized “unknown-name” Chinese Li-Poly power bank would last under continual cycling. Those who have been following along will know just what this means – … Continue reading

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Modification: Manson HCS-3102 Power Supply Output On/Off Switch

Three years ago, I purchased a pair of Manson HCS-3102 programmable switch-mode power supplies. These were not particularly expensive supplies, and judging by some of the noises they made and the granularity of the programming and read-back, weren’t particularly high … Continue reading

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