Category Archives: Computing

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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Experiment: WD Green Data Recovery – Recovered Data vs Time?

Two weeks ago, a “friend” of mine turned up with an external hard drive which was declared dead and wanted to see what could be done about recovering the data from it. Naturally, as no novice when it comes to … Continue reading

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Data Recovery & File Conversions: Director/Projectors by Internet & Jaz

Earlier in July, I made a posting in regards to a data recovery and conversion project involving Syquest cartridges and Macromind/Macromedia Director and Projector files. As it turns out, that was the beginning of an even more involved project with … Continue reading

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Review: Seagate Expansion Portable Drive 3Tb USB 3.0 (STEA3000400)

I thought my external drive buying spree was over, but this week, I came across a promotion where a Seagate Expansion Portable 3Tb drive was on offer for AU$139 at Officeworks. At that price, it represented the best value amongst … Continue reading

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Experiment: Sydney WFM Broadcast RDS (TMC, RT+) & ACS Audio

Since my last posting about subcarriers, I decided to do a little more digging around and try to understand more about the Open-Application RDS data and try a better approach at recovering the audio from the ACS (otherwise known as … Continue reading

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Experiment: Examining Sydney WFM Subcarrier Signals (RDS, ACS)

When I was still in school, I can remember my Dad buying a “special radio” from a broadcaster to listen to some ethnic radio broadcasts. The radio was quite expensive, and it looked and felt just like a regular portable … Continue reading

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Video Codec Tests: x264 CRF vs enc_qsv CQ vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

After my earlier attempt to do some codec comparisons, I realized that something went grossly wrong with the “difficult case” clip. Specifically, it was an interlaced video clip which I wanted to use, and I naturally assumed that interlaced encoding … Continue reading

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Visited: Upgrade Australia 4.0 (29th September 2016)

Upgrade Australia is a yearly event held by nextmedia in conjunction with partner companies. Alternating between Sydney and Melbourne each year, this event focuses on PC technology including the latest upgrades and gear. It is targeted to readers of four … Continue reading

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Review: Toshiba Canvio Ready 2Tb USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (HDTP220AK3CA)

It’s not often, but today we’ve got back-to-back external hard drive reviews. Maybe the Maxtor 4Tb is a bit too big for your liking, or you just want another “good value” alternative to buy. Well, as it turns out, I … Continue reading

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Review: Maxtor M3 Portable 4Tb USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (HX-M401TCB/GM)

Seeing as I’m going to go on a holiday sometime next year, one thing I knew I would need is some portable external storage to keep all my experimental data and to backup the photos I will be taking. Not … Continue reading

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Review, Tested: Generic USB FM Transmitter (FM_MIC_V5.0.9)

It wasn’t too long ago that I purchased a generic pocket radio kit on eBay and built it. But as anyone knows, when it comes to shopping online for cheap Chinese goods, there are often lots of things that can … Continue reading

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Repair: Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 “Gotta re-cap ’em all!”

In the last part of this little project, I managed to refurbish the two PowerBook 100 power supplies to a working condition. The next step is to refurbish the main unit itself. Even though I was equipped with the service … Continue reading

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Repair: Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 AC Adapter (M5140X)

Since I made my posts about the PowerBook 100 that has “become” mine, I faced a dilemma as to what to do next. Even though I didn’t get too many people chipping in their opinion, it seemed that a full … Continue reading

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Project: Awakening the Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100

In the previous post, I took a look at the nearly pristine condition Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 and accessories which were donated to me for some edu-tainment. While it was pretty to be able to look at a piece of … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 & Accessories

As it turns out, this week was a pretty good week for me. It’s not often something comes in, begging to be played with. It’s even less often that the object in question makes you drop almost everything so that … Continue reading

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Experiment: Time to EPROM Erasure by UV Lamp & Sun?

I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of EPROM chips with their erasure windows giving you a clear look inside the package. Because of my fascination, I ended up buying quite a few chips, an UV eraser that needed some … Continue reading

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Salvage: HP Compaq LA2206x Monitor PSU, Scaler & USB Ports

It looks like today is going to be a blog-heavy day – I’ve got quite a few things to “get off my chest”, so forgive me if posts start crossing over one-another in the future. Time and motivation for these … Continue reading

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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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