Category Archives: Opinion

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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Random: Computer Mayhem, Z97 Build Frustrations, Sydney Trains & Opal Stuff, etc.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a random post, so it’s about time I did another. In the “silence” in-between, life has been extremely busy and continues to be and the observations from my daily commutes continue to pile-up. … Continue reading

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RMA with Digital World International (DWI) – A Fruitless Endeavour

Some time in late March, my AudioTechnica ANC9 active noise-cancelling headphones decided to fail on me. Well within its 12-month warranty, purchased 15th October 2013 from DWI, I decided to return it to RMA after a while fumbling for the … Continue reading

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Random: Full-Colour Opal Onslaught, Station Upgrades, Drive-By-Download, etc.

In this week’s edition of “random”, there isn’t as much random as I would have liked, so instead part of the regular program will be replaced with my opinions. For the most part, this week is mostly about the Opal … Continue reading

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Random: Granville Trains, Station Refurb, DWI RMA Problems, Cybersquatters, etc

Another week, another random post – another opportunity to vent and talk about the smallest and most insignificant observations. Unfortunately, I’ve been exceptionally busy … but hopefully there’ll be more time in the future. Granville Trains Campaign I’m a frequent … Continue reading

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FB Friends: Thanks for Participating in the Birthday Experiment!

Yesterday, I officially turned 25. Another complete year older – complete with the feeling of being mellow, feeling somewhat helpless and going about my day as usual. I woke up at 7am in the morning to build a veroboard interface … Continue reading

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Visited: NRMA Crashed Car Showroom

It seems lately, the NRMA have been very much publicising their Crashed Car Showroom on the radio, and it definitely caught my ear. The chance to be a crash test dummy? Sign me up! At first glance, the whole idea … 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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Random: Site Update, Media Fails, TV Retune, Transport Sydney, Micro*sigh*ft, etc.

Another week, another random post! We begin this week with a quick site update – while I can’t say I have much faith in the scientific accuracy of Alexa’s ranking methods, after 13-14 months of being online at this domain … Continue reading

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Random: Taking Photos, Siemens A55, Valentines Day, Tandy, etc.

You might have noticed – there hasn’t been a random post in a while! I had always meant to put up one but I ended up getting distracted by something else. Needless to say, regardless of how quiet or busy … Continue reading

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Review & Teardown: Kogan USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader

Last week, Kogan had a free shipping day, and not being one to let such opportunities slip by, I decided to pick up a Kogan USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader for AU$19. It’s a fair price to pay for … Continue reading

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Quick Review: 5w & 13w Philips LED Light Globes at Woolworths

Just last week, on one of my better days, I took some time to visit my local supermarket – Woolworths. I haven’t visited one in over a year – so it was an opportunity to see what’s new (and get … Continue reading

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Random: Happy CNY, DASH, Drive-by-Download Ads, Zoom H1 F/W Upgrade, etc

I’m not sure it’s that appropriate given the circumstances surrounding my extended family, but today is the eve of the lunar new year, so an early “Happy Chinese New Year” to all. Technically, it is more like “Happy Lunar New … Continue reading

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My Last DSE Kit: The Story of How I Got into Electronics

Since I’ve started the blog, the majority of my posts have always focused on the technical aspects of different products and items. But increasingly, I feel, it’s also valuable to provide a personal perspective to the posts, so I have … Continue reading

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element14 RoadTest: Raspberry Pi Media Centre Bundle

While on my blog, it’s been fairly quiet over the past week or so, it was not in vain. Careful readers may have picked up on a leak earlier in the list of CID and CSD values which included an … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sanyo Eneloop Batteries & Charger NC-MQN04A

When Sanyo introduced the Eneloop, it was a revolution in rechargeable Ni-MH batteries. Prior to the eneloop, Ni-MH batteries either had limited capacity (1600-1800mAh) and decent self discharge characteristics, or they had great capacity (2500-2700mAh) and terrible self discharge characteristics. … Continue reading

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“Dead” laptop battery? Better remove it!

This is going to be another one of those “random” out-of-the-blue posts. This week, a friend’s Apple Model A1181 (late 2006) white Macbook arrived for some upgrades. Namely, it was due to have a RAM upgrade and to have its … Continue reading

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Random Post: Ankle, Aldi Mobile “Unlimited”, Xmas Post, Device Updates, Pennytel, etc.

Hello guys! I’m back, but unfortunately, my body isn’t. I’ve spent a bit of time, in bits, collecting some thoughts which I should have posted about but haven’t had the motivation or time. Hopefully that keeps my readers a little … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Efergy HM01 Electricity Display Device

When you’re onto a good thing, I suppose it’s natural to just keep going. Knowing that my Efergy Elite 1.0 can be decoded using RTL-SDR, and knowing the e2 (presumably that is, the e2 classic that Nathaniel has) can also … Continue reading

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Mixed Post: Solitary Confinement, WD RMA, Tablets, BluRay, APs, etc.

It’s been weeks since I last posted. Silences like these are very much depressing, both for myself and my visitors (I assume). Blogging is like a therapy – it’s a way of letting people know you’re still around, and giving … Continue reading

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/dev/random: Trains, Aus Post, Sick Seagate, and other amusing thoughts

Well, that was quick. Another week is over, and chances to blog have been slim. I’ve been keeping myself busy with my now very-involved PhD project, but in-between, I’m also doing a little spring cleaning around here. I’m just sitting … Continue reading

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Review: TBS TBS6925 PCI-e Professional Satellite Tuner Card

It’s been a very long time in the making – prior to purchasing this card in 2011, TBS had been in contact with me as I was helping them with some bug-fixing for a different model of card, and they … Continue reading

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rand(): Happy Long-Weekend! Syd Trains stuff, FB Ad, Wonky WD, Carrier Locking

Well, thanks to Labour day, I’m enjoying a long weekend (and so is most of Australia). It’s also been a pretty action-packed weekend with the Fleet Review, Footy Grand Final and a  concert of some sort (meh). I didn’t partake … Continue reading

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Review: Acer Iconia W3 (Intel Atom Z2760) 8.1″ Windows 8 Tablet

Background Early in 2013, when it was announced that Acer and Asus (two of the biggest OEMs in the market) would stop producing netbooks, I was rather disappointed. I had always intended to write a blog post about it, but … Continue reading

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Analysis: DVB-T Freeview in Sydney, NSW, Australia

It’s probably been clear from my “new year’s” piece that I’m not too much a fan of the free-to-air TV in Sydney (or Australia) at the moment. Ultimately, it delivers quantity but not quality. As I noticed the recent “launching” … Continue reading

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Random Post: Trip to Canberra, Dr. David Suzuki Lecture, Sydney Trains “Upgrades”, etc.

It’s been a while. I know. I’m sorry, but things (as usual) has been hectic. It’s so hectic, that I’ve had no time to ride bike for the past three weeks! Trip to Canberra Last Sunday (22nd September) and Monday, … Continue reading

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First Impressions: iOS7 goes live

By now, most of the readers probably already have the impression that I’m an Android “fan”. You’d only be partially right. While Android is my primary “mobile” platform, I’m slowly growing platform agnostic – I’ve used many from Windows Mobile, … Continue reading

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