Category Archives: Obituary

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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Tech Flashback: Motorola Advisor POCSAG 512/1200bps Pager

When I heard last week that the Motorola branding was going to be shelved and replaced by “Moto by Lenovo”, like many others online, I felt a tinge of sadness as if another great tech brand had fallen by the … Continue reading

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Pingdom Free Accounts: Changes to provide best services to paid users

Readers to my website who have stuck around for a while have probably understood that keeping this site online has not always been an easy task with downtime being a frequent consequence of the shared hosting provider especially in the … Continue reading

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Obituary: mX Newspaper (Sydney Printed Edition 4 July 2005 – 12 June 2015)

The mX was a free afternoon newspaper targeted at commuters, originating in Melbourne on 6th Feburary 2001 and spreading into Sydney on 4th July 2005 and Brisbane on 5th March 2007. Due to falling circulation, it put out its last … Continue reading

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Opinion: We say goodbye to ElevatorAdjuster @ Youtube

As an engineer, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I do have some unconventional choices when it comes to entertainment. One of the things I love to watch are educational videos and tours of elevators, because they involve electrical … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows Version 1.1 (1992)

Lotus 1-2-3 was one of the major spreadsheet software packages that propelled the PC to the forefront of business. First released in 26 January 1983 for MS-DOS, it was feature rich, as well as high performance compared to its contemporaries, … Continue reading

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D-Link SecureSpot DSD-150: The death of an idea?

It’s been a relatively long hiatus with no posts, but rest assured, I’m still here. Between a mountain of work, and the flu, I’ve had very little time to write anything. Instead, a lot of work got done, and if … Continue reading

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Dyn says Goodbye to DynDNS Free Users

It’s relatively old news to talk about DynDNS no longer offering free accounts – that was in 2011. Since then, they have maintained those who actively refreshed their dynamic DNS accounts and lately, they have required you to confirm your … Continue reading

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Obituary: Microsoft Windows XP (24 Aug 2001 – 8 Apr 2014)

Microsoft Windows XP was a popular operating system released to manufacturing on 24th August 2001. It was based upon Windows NT, and was intended to be the first business and consumer operating system. It continues to see a large market … Continue reading

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Random Post: Railcorp GSM-R Rollout, Opal Stuff, and other observations

It’s been another busy week, but this time around, there hasn’t been that much “random” action to note. Part of the reason is the fact that I’ve been spending increasing amounts of time inside the microbiology lab where I’m doing … Continue reading

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Obituary: Nullsoft Winamp (21 Apr 1997 – 20 Dec 2013, 16 y.o.)

Around a month ago, the news stories already started making the rounds. I first saw it on Slashdot, proclaiming that Winamp was to be shut down on the 20th December 2013. The banner on Winamp’s website definitely said that it … Continue reading

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Obituary: Analog TV in Sydney (1956(ABC,ATN,TCN)/1964(TEN)/1980(SBS) – 3 Dec 2013)

We all knew it was coming. The government did a good job of warning us, and today the day has arrived. As I write this, I feel some sort of sadness that a technology which has served us, incrementally improved … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Sony MiniDisc

Just this month, it was announced that Sony will make its last MiniDisc system next month, so I thought this was a good time to reminisce about MD and what it really meant … The MD was basically a small … Continue reading

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Salvaged: Dranetz Series 606-3 Line Disturbance Analyzer

Another day, another salvage – this time, a Dranetz Series 606-3 Line Disturbance Analyzer. Just a forewarning – this post is image-heavy! Anyway, this is another one of those items being thrown out by UNSW Electrical Engineering, who can resist … Continue reading

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Digital Photo Frames – why they never really took off …

About five years back, digital photo frames were new on the market and there was much hope that it would be a decent way to show off one’s photo collection. Sadly, they haven’t taken off as predicted, and I would … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: A dead Netcomm NC-35C Modem

It’s not often I start a post with a picture, but this is exactly what I’ll do. This is the first of a series of posts, which could have only come about due to good fortune, and the generosity of … Continue reading

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An Obiturary: LiteOn SOHW-1633S, and LH-18A1P

LiteOn SOHW-1633S (2004-2012) and LH-18A1P (2005-2012) While doing testing for the Milleniata post, I discovered that my two trusty quality test workhorses were dead. The SOHW-1633s suffered some (likely) combo chip failure and was unable to control its tray, or … Continue reading

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A tribute to Unwired

With the announcement this week that Optus has decided to shutter the operations of Unwired, I thought this would be a fitting time to produce a blog post as a tribute to the service. For those who don’t know, Unwired … Continue reading

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Printers: What to do with them?

So over the past few years, printers have gotten stupidly cheap, and cartridges (genuine ones) have remained stupidly expensive. The solution, as any high-printing-volume student would know, is to buy a few cheap printers, and use the cartridges in your … Continue reading

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