Category Archives: Computing

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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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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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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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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Wireless Card Whitelists: Breaking the HP Probook 4525s Whitelist

Around two years ago, I posted this article decrying the whole situation where several laptop manufacturers have imposed artificial restrictions in the BIOS firmware against replacement of wireless cards (and other hardware) with other physically compatible units from other sources, … Continue reading

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SyQuest-ered: Two 44Mb Cartridges Stacked with Directors & Projectors

It seems data recovery and conversion has become a little side-hobby of mine, and the lack of recent postings is because I’ve been quite busy working my magic on another set of patients. I was contacted by Prof. Dan Boyarski … Continue reading

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Review: Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker

It’s not often it happens, but there was another gift that headed past my table in the past months, and it was a Fitbit Zip. As I recently reviewed the Fitbit One, most of the comments about apps and setup … Continue reading

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Project: ADSB-pi Mark 2 with dump1090, hostapd, dnsmasq & text logging

This is one of the things that I’ve done a long while ago, but never had the time or inclination to actually put together a post. You might remember the first iteration of the ADSB-pi back in 2013, which was … Continue reading

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Review: Fitbit One Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker

Whenever the topic of fitness tracker comes up, the Fitbit brand is always mentioned. In fact, it’s even becoming a bit of a generic name for a wearable fitness tracker – this is because they are the leader in the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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