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Vivid Sydney 2017: Part 3 – Barangaroo Sth, Kings Cross & Martin Pl

Vivid Sydney is a festival of “Light, Music & Ideas” which is run on an annual basis in Sydney. I do my best every year to visit, and this year was no exception. What follows are the shots I took … Continue reading

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Vivid Sydney 2017: Part 2 – Chatswood & Darling Harbour

Vivid Sydney is a festival of “Light, Music & Ideas” which is run on an annual basis in Sydney. I do my best every year to visit, and this year was no exception. What follows are the shots I took … Continue reading

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Vivid Sydney 2017: Part 1 – Circular Quay & Royal Botanic Gardens

Vivid Sydney is a festival of “Light, Music & Ideas” which is run on an annual basis in Sydney. It proves to be a popular attraction for both tourists and locals looking for a bit of art with light and … Continue reading

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Review: Nitecore NL1835 3500mAh 18650 Protected Li-Ion Battery

If you have a collection of flashlights, the temptation to buy higher capacity protected rechargeable Li-Ion batteries is quite strong. At times, the bundled cells aren’t the most capacious and might not give enough run-time to satisfy all needs, so … Continue reading

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Analysis: Freeview Sydney (18 April 2017) after SBS moves to HD MPEG-4

While I was on holidays, the DVB-T digital TV stations at home were undergoing the last of a series of long-anticipated changes. On 8th April 2017, SBS followed the lead of the other broadcasters and finally converted over to MPEG-4 … Continue reading

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Repair: Cooler Master Xcraft 3.5″ External HDD Enclosure PSU (SKA-0512-20B)

When I get a little time, I like to go through the “donation” pile and do some testing. As it turns out, I was gifted a set of four Cooler Master Xcraft External Hard Drive Enclosures along with matching power … Continue reading

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Review: Uni-Trend UT210E Mini Clamp Meter

When diagnosing electronics, I often wished I could make current measurements without having to bridge out a component, or cut a wire. The inconvenience and potential safety issues are sometimes overwhelming and I just decide not to bother measuring the … Continue reading

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Mega Mi Review: Mi Power Bank Pro, Mi Max, Mi Band 2 & Mi Scales

While I was in Hong Kong, I couldn’t resist the temptation to visit the “Mi Home” shop in Hollywood Center – basically Xiaomi’s version of an Apple Store, if I should be so bold as to put it that way. … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lightway 17W Dimmable LED Bulb (43287 & 43288)

It seems that LED lighting has become mainstream, with CFLs slowly starting to disappear from shelves. It’s a good thing, both from an environmental perspective and from an economic perspective, as it seems that LED globes have fallen in price … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: “Yongsan/Dragon Valley” TR-5000 5000mAh Slim Portable Charger

It’s been a while since my last power bank review, so I thought I might as well get one in. The difference is that there is a bit of a story behind this one – it’s probably not a power … Continue reading

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WONTFIX Teardowns: iFlashDeviceHD, Varta SMP-75W PSU, Powermonkey Discovery Power Bank

If there’s one thing I always need to do, that is to clean up and get rid of the rubbish. Almost constantly, broken things are taken apart and examined in my room, with some of them requiring only minor surgery … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: Transcend RDF9K UHS-II USB 3.1/3.0 Card Reader

When I go overseas on travel, shopping tends to be the last thing on my mind. Coming in with almost-overflowing baggage, there’s not much chance to buy anything. After all, if I’m overseas, there’s a good chance I’ve already spent … Continue reading

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Review: Toshiba Exceria N301 64Gb SDXC & Samsung Evo+ 128Gb microSDXC

It’s been a while since I last reviewed some flash memory. After all, if you already have enough cards, there isn’t really much reason to get more unless the price is great. Regrettably, on my recent holiday, I managed to … Continue reading

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Experiment: 8Gb USB Flash Drive Endurance Test

Flash memory is, and has been, a commodity item for a while now. Almost everyone has at least a few USB flash drives (sticks) and maybe even a few memory cards. When it comes to rapidly transferring large files between … Continue reading

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Project: THE (large) COLLECTION of V.34 Modem Sounds

After my posting of the definitive collection of V.90 modem sounds, a number of people got in touch with me with a few of them requesting the same to be done with V.34 connections. At first, I didn’t see the … Continue reading

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Repair: Bauhn Remote Controlled Power Point & AKAI TV Remote Control

Returning from holidays, my Dad often has surprises for me. This time, it was a few items that needed attention – the first of which was three Bauhn Remote Controlled Power Point units with various faults, and the other was … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA Sparsam 15W CFL & OSRAM Lightify CLA60 RGBW

It’s going to be a teardown double post, although not a happy one for me for a number of reasons. IKEA Sparsam 15W CFL This particular CFL is a young globe – only just installed prior to my holidays but … Continue reading

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Opinion: The “Running Man” Saga & Viewer Ratings

This was a post I had meant to write before I left for my holidays, but never got around to it. Avid watchers of Korean TV would know that SBS’ Running Man show was embroiled in a saga where the … Continue reading

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Random: Birthday, Reflections, Taronga, CeBIT & the Kitchen Sink

#include <stdio.h> int main (void) { printf(“Hello World!”); return(0); } It’s been quiet. Too quiet. Sorry for that. While I did say I was going on holidays and would be on a hiatus, I didn’t expect it to be a … Continue reading

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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Addendum: 25mA Constant Current Tests

For those following along, they’d probably realize by now that I have left the country and are officially on holiday in the slightly-warmer-than-average-for-this-time-of-year Hong Kong. I had originally planned to make this post before I left home, but things got … Continue reading

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Review: Logitech Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard & Mouse (K380 & M337)

Some of my readers have noted that it’s been a while since I last made a blog posting. This is mainly because I’ve been extremely busy trying to prepare everything for my upcoming holiday. As I mentioned previously in this … Continue reading

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Experiment: Sylvania Lynx CFTE 42W Cool White Deluxe CFL Tubes

Every so-often, I drop into my local thrift shop because I just so happen to be passing by on another errand and have some time to spare. It’s often a good experience to sift through the random items for sale, … Continue reading

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Repair: Click Surge-Protected & Sansai Switched 4-Outlet Powerboards

Powerboards are very simple and inexpensive devices used to convert one socket into multiple sockets on a (supposedly) temporary basis. Every house has a number of these devices, with basic devices simply bussing together the pins and more complex devices … Continue reading

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US Fax Test Services: HP, Brother and Canon

The death of voiceband modem communications is slowly but surely happening. I started Project Fax in recognition of this, as a way to remember one of the technologies, but sadly from the few faxes I have received, it seems I … Continue reading

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Data Recovery: Kingmax Pro 32Gb microSDHC – A Sign of TLC Weakness?

If you think I’m not having much luck with microSD cards lately, you’d be right. The first issue for the year was the Sandisk 128Gb microSDXC card having some unreadable sectors causing the loss of some files. Now, I’ve had … Continue reading

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Teardown: RadioShack Amplified Telephone Earpiece (43-229)

After my experimentation in building a T-coil receiver on my own, it seemed that the unit did have some issues which I eventually corrected. While it seems the schematic may have been a victim of a transcription error, I thought … Continue reading

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Teardown: FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier

The FiiO E5 was a low-cost but decent performing compact headphone amplifier a few years back. The unit bore a vague resemblance to an iPod Shuffle clip-version, and was relatively compact with integrated rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. Since someone didn’t want … Continue reading

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Failing: Sandisk Ultra microSDXC 128Gb (Class 10, UHS-I, Up to 80MB/s)

The new year just keeps getting better. Sure, the battery in the phone is failing, but the microSDXC card as well?! The Culprit The culprit was a Sandisk Ultra microSDXC card of 128Gb capacity, Class 10, UHS-I rated up to … Continue reading

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Teardown: Swollen Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 BM45 Battery

While I was using my Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 the other day, I realized something strange was happening. It didn’t quite fit in its case as well as it used to, the screen felt a little like it was bowing, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year: Sydney Fireworks Broadcast Side-by-Side Comparison

Happy New Year! Lets start this year off by taking a look at the new year’s eve fireworks broadcast. This year, just like last year, the televised transmission of the Sydney Harbour new year’s eve fireworks was done by the … Continue reading

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