Category Archives: Computing

Visited: SMPTE 2017 Exhibition Sydney (18 – 21 July)

After returning from my first long-solo-trip, I decided to spend two months “decompressing” and getting ready for my next trip. Part of the reason was so I could attend CeBIT, Vivid Sydney and SMPTE Exhibition. The last time I went … Continue reading

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Review: Sandisk Ultra UHS-I 128Gb microSDXC Card (Up to 80MB/s)

At the beginning of this year, I posted about a relatively new (less than a year old) Sandisk Ultra UHS-I/Class 10 microSDXC card of the 80MB/s variety which had a data loss issue. Rather unfortunately for me, I had some … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: External IDE HDD – USB 2.0 vs Firewire 400 (IEEE 1394)

When I originally decided to repair the power supply for the Cooler Master Xcraft external enclosure, my first thought was just to do it because of the sheer utility value of having such an enclosure around. But then I realized, … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Salvage Season: Pt 6 – Old I/O Boards & Fluorescent Starters

It’s new year’s eve, and I’m back with the last part of the salvage season posts. Just as well, since salvage season is coming to an end as the year is coming to an end. This post looks at some … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 3 – Other Computer Hardware

After taking a short breather to prepare all the images for the upcoming few posts, the salvages continue. This part is concerned with “other” computer hardware that I managed to snag. Some of it remains untested, primarily due to a … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 2 – Intel X25-M 160Gb SSD

In this day and age, SSDs are becoming quite ubiquitous for their performance benefits and many systems come with them pre-installed. But not too many years back, SSDs were considered performance items for enthusiasts, commanding high price-tags. Hobbyists like myself … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 1 – Hard Drives

To all my readers – a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, or alternatively, Happy Holidays or Merry *mas … It’s that time of the year again where we’re counting down to the end and people are … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Special 2 – iomega REV 35Gb/90Gb Drives & Disks

The second special installment also has to do with removable storage, funnily enough. This post deals with the iomega REV, a removable hard drive system with capacities of 35Gb, 70Gb and 120Gb. This system was supposed to be a follow-up … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Special 1 – LS-120 & Zip250 Drives, LS-240 Disk & Benchmarks

In the last post, I alluded to some special postings related to my Canberra trip. Aside from the conference and roaming around, I was contacted by a reader who wished to offer me a few items as they thought I … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 3 – Exploring the CBRfree WiFi Network

To a geek, having an internet connection is everything. Seeing as my budget conscious hotel didn’t offer free Wi-Fi, I decided I would try my luck and see if I could fix that. They did offer Wi-Fi on a paid-for … Continue reading

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Recovery: “Musical” SyQuest Cartridges with DoubleSpace Compression

I’ve long offered my “volunteer” data recovery services for those with 44/88/200Mb 5.25″ SyQuest disks, and it’s been a little while since my last SyQuest recovery post. Just when I thought that maybe nobody else would be interested in it, … Continue reading

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Video Glitching: DRM Encryption

I will start just by saying that I’m not a person that has practiced the glitch art form, but having been exposed to some examples of it, it’s not hard to recognize it. The difference is that this particular glitch … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Verbatim 8Gb Store’n’Go PinStripe USB 2.0 Drive (49062)

Yet another low-cost USB flash drive gets a review, mainly because I just happened to end up receiving it. Unlike the others though, this one comes from Verbatim which is a brand which has come to be respected due to … Continue reading

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Review: Raspberry Pi 3 – More Pi, No Cables Attached?

It’s been a while since I checked out the Raspberry Pi, as my fleet of original Raspberry Pi Model B, B+ and Pi 2 Model B’s have all been working well doing their little jobs around the house. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Video Compression: x264 CRF Generational Loss Testing

Having been involved in some way with video capture and editing from the late 90’s onwards, something we have always been taught is to avoid lossy formats for capture and editing due to the problem of generational loss. Put simply, … Continue reading

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Hack: Customize the LED Shake-Stick Images

As I managed to construct the LED shake-stick kit just yesterday evening, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with its operation. For one, the images weren’t particularly inspiring. I mentioned that it should be possible to replace the images in the ROM … Continue reading

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Teardown, Review: Grandstream HT802 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter

As a VoIP, modem and telephone enthusiast, I’ve reviewed a number of different Analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs) in the past including the Linksys PAP2T, Zyxel Prestige 2302R, Cisco SPA112 and Grandstream HT702. These are standalone devices which let you connect … Continue reading

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Note: Samsung 850 EVO Data Retention & Performance Degradation?

I’ve been quite busy lately with a few things, so many posts continue to be stashed on the backburner. To get these posts out often requires some work – experimental work, or even just tidying up images. To make my … Continue reading

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Telstra FaxStream TestFax Professional (aka FOLDS-B) Test

A while back, I did a number of experiments involving VoIP and faxing, which made use of Telstra’s FOLDS test. Because of a number of intricacies, voice-band data and VoIP generally do not (reliably) work together unless configured very carefully … Continue reading

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