Category Archives: Opinion

Canb2016: Part 2 – ANU & the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference

The main reason for heading all the way down to Canberra was to attend the APSRC. Having never spent any time at ANU, I felt it was pertinent that I take a tour around some of the campus to see … Continue reading

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Achievement Unlocked: PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering

It was a few months ago when I breathed a sigh of relief as I submitted my thesis and understood that the journey would soon come to an end. I wasn’t a “free man” by any means, as it turns … Continue reading

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Opinion: Can You Beat Usain Bolt? Not So Fast!

The Rio 2016 Olympics will be a memorable event for a number of reasons, but as it draws to an end tonight (Sydney time), I thought it would probably be nice to have one Olympic-themed post. In an era of … 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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Visited: CeBIT Australia 2016 Exhibition

As a tech enthusiast, it’s become a yearly tradition to visit CeBIT Australia, and this year is no different. Just like last year, it is held over three days at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park as the Exhibition and Convention … Continue reading

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Big-Random: Public Transport, UNSW Electrical Upgrades & Vending Machines

It’s been ages since I put out one of these random posts filled with random observations. That hasn’t stopped me collecting random observations, although the pace of collection had slowed down as I wasn’t sure if I would ever get … Continue reading

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Event: PhD Thesis Submission Day (31st March 2016)

Thursday 31st March 2016 was probably an ordinary day for most people. But for a group of uni students, this day is one of a special kind. Census date. The last day to submit your PhD/Masters thesis or else risk … Continue reading

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Envirobank Container Recycling: A few bugs in the system?

Environmentally speaking, the concept of recycling makes sense. By recycling, we can save energy and re-use existing resources to create new products from old. The problem often is to do with how such items can be efficiently collected. In some … Continue reading

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Power Outage 30th Jan 2016: Severe weather batters Sydney

The words global warming and climate change are often said too quickly when it comes to the short term phenomena known as weather. The past fortnight, however, has been one of extremes in Sydney. Many days start off nice and … Continue reading

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Standby/No-Load Power Consumption: Are we doing it right?

The issue of energy efficiency has always been an issue with electrical appliances. With increasing adoption of ever-cheaper appliances, energy rating labelling initiatives and minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for a range of products have been put into place to … Continue reading

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Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Updates, Philips Hue Bulb Compatibility & Performance

From my previous experiments noting compatibility issues with Philips Hue globes not playing with the LIGHTIFY system, it seems that OSRAM has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to solve the reported issues and bring LIGHTIFY users something new before … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaomi (Mi) In-Ear Headphones Pro

Xiaomi (or Mi for short) have been on a roll, showing time and time again that you don’t need to pay much for quality, style and functionality. Their portfolio of electronics continues to grow, as does their brand presence, spreading … Continue reading

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Analysis: Sydney Freeview Services (Nov 2015) & Melbourne Cup

Being the busy person that I am, I don’t usually have much time to watch TV, not that there’s much to watch on Freeview most days. Despite that, I caught wind that Channel 9 will launch a new lifestyle channel … Continue reading

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Surprise Package: The MagPi Arrives, by Air, in Hard Copy!

It’s not often, but sometimes things just turn up at your doorstep when you least expect it. Earlier this week, I received this mysterious envelope all the way from element14’s UK office. I wonder what it is … As you … Continue reading

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Random: Opal Card Stories, Tips & Central Station Upgrades

The Opal Card is an automatic fare collection system based around NXP MiFare DESFire EV1 NFC cards and readers supplied by Cubic Transportation Systems (based on readers on the Oyster card network). It has been in use since December 2012 … Continue reading

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Mega Review, Teardown: Oukitel A28 Smart Watch

At the present moment, Oukitel is one of the lesser known mobile phone brands from China. Symbolizing an “OK life for U and I”, the company has diversified its product range by launching their first wearable product – the Oukitel … Continue reading

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Uncovered: Fake Xiaomi (Mi) Fitness Tracker & Replacement Bands

After a few months of wearing my Mi Fitness Tracker, the first sign of weakness started to appear. The design of the wristband has a thin edge which “slots in” to a channel in the body of the fitness tracker … Continue reading

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Visited: SMPTE 2015 Sydney Exhibition (14 – 17 July)

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is an important organization that has been involved in the standardization of virtually every video and film standard – including compression, interconnection, test patterns, file formats, and so on. It’s safe … Continue reading

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Fails: eBay Laptop Battery Seller & Fastway Couriers

Two weeks ago, when still reviewing the Tektronix RSA306, I discovered that when using the Lenovo E431 with the RSA306, the run time would be limited to roughly two hours and that wasn’t enough to make sure I could squeeze … Continue reading

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Opinion: Secure Digital – A Valuable but Frustrating Flash Card Format

Given how many devices nowadays rely on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, it’s not expected that I could say anything bad about them right? Well, as valuable as the format is, there are some frustrations with it, which I will … 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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Mega Random: Merry Christmas, Site Updates, Transport Updates etc.

Gee, it’s been ages since my last random post. Since then, countless security vulnerabilities, mobile OS updates, world news events, scientific discoveries, scandals and wild weather events have happened – so many that it seems pointless to try and even … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Vol. 2 and 3

Continuing on from the previous part, possible due to the generosity of an OCAU member, lets continue our nostalgic trip down memory lane by looking at Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Volume 2 and 3. Dick Smith’s Fun Way … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Vol. 1

Regular readers will no doubt already know my passion for Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics series, as it was one of the big reasons for my interest and continuing self-education in electronics. This introductory series of projects were designed … Continue reading

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Random: Site Stuff, LG D686 Fail, Shellshock, Transport Stuff, etc.

It’s been a few weeks since my last random post, and many things have happened in the tech world. Unfortunately, because of the amount of work that I’ve had to do, I haven’t been able to take a break to … Continue reading

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Random: Site Update, Sydney Trains & Opal Stuff, Tech News, etc.

It’s been a rather busy week, so I think it is understandable if the random post is a little more limited in scope than usual. Site Update It seems that my content is being more and more widely discovered each … Continue reading

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Visited: ElectroneX 2014

ElectroneX is the premier trade show for electronics design and assembly in Australia, and is held in Sydney and Melbourne in alternating years. This year, they were back in Sydney at the Australian Technology Park at Redfern, making it easy … Continue reading

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Random Post: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, ElectroneX, Train Stuff, Site Updates, etc.

It’s been another long break from my last random post, and it’s no co-incidence that I’ve been extremely busy. In fact, I’ve been so busy that the blog hasn’t been able to get the time it deserves – so I … Continue reading

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Random: Site Stuff, Sydney Trains Stuff, Raspberry Pi Fun, Permissions Creep, etc.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a random post, or any sort of post for that matter. Don’t worry though – I’m still here, and I’m still busy as always. If there was a picture that could describe how … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBL Limited Edition Professional Monitor Headphones

When it comes to audio, I have an unashamed preference for Audio-Technica products. While some people criticize their sound signature as being overly analytic and cold (as opposed to warm), I find them generally nice to listen to. There’s no … Continue reading

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