Category Archives: Salvage

Salvage Season: Pt 6 – Old I/O Boards & Fluorescent Starters

It’s new year’s eve, and I’m back with the last part of the salvage season posts. Just as well, since salvage season is coming to an end as the year is coming to an end. This post looks at some … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 5 – Fisher-Rosemount Systems Model 275 HART Communicator

“All this gear … and I still can’t get to your heart.” Welcome back to the salvage season series of posts. Lame joke aside, this post will be about a Fisher-Rosemount Systems Model 275 HART Communicator. So … what is … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 4 – Lighting & AV Stuff

The salvages continue with lighting and AV related equipment. Of course, some of this isn’t that useful nowadays, but it’s more interesting from a “wish fulfillment” and philosophical perspective. Lighting (with Philosophical “Light-Bulb” Moments) It’s no big secret that LED … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 3 – Other Computer Hardware

After taking a short breather to prepare all the images for the upcoming few posts, the salvages continue. This part is concerned with “other” computer hardware that I managed to snag. Some of it remains untested, primarily due to a … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 2 – Intel X25-M 160Gb SSD

In this day and age, SSDs are becoming quite ubiquitous for their performance benefits and many systems come with them pre-installed. But not too many years back, SSDs were considered performance items for enthusiasts, commanding high price-tags. Hobbyists like myself … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 1 – Hard Drives

To all my readers – a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, or alternatively, Happy Holidays or Merry *mas … It’s that time of the year again where we’re counting down to the end and people are … 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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Salvage: Audio Telex Communications ATC 5400 & Australian Monitor ATC5101-3 PA Speaker

When you see one of these grilled on the ceiling, your first thought may be “Hey, that’s a fire alarm evacuation speaker!” Indeed, you would be right. In the past few weeks, Wormald Fire Systems have been upgrading the fire … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: Extron DVI-RGB 150, iLuv USB Charger, Nvidia 9600GT (OEM)

Around here, the salvages don’t stop. Continuing on from my salvages from an undisclosed location, here are some more items that I had managed to rescue from certain destruction for a chance at a second life. Extron DVI-RGB 150 The … Continue reading

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Salvage: HTS541680J9SA00 80Gb HDD, Duracell AAA, Optus Cable Card & Alcatel-Lucent Home Cell

I’ve been occasionally accused of being a hoarder, which I suppose is true. The result of this is that I do end up collecting interesting tidbits, mostly broken things, which I can take apart and explore … or just admire … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: ST3250310AS 250Gb & WD1600AAJS 160Gb Hard Drives

This post is a bit of a follow-on from last salvage posting. The undisclosed location provided many bits and pieces, including a large number of hard drives from (mostly) HP branded computers. Well, I suppose provided might not be the … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: MR16 Downlight Transformers & Luminaire

While I did salvage the lights in the last part, that was not all! There were also downlight transformers and luminaires to be salvaged too. Using a similar strategy to the last, I decided to salvage one of each sort … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: MR16-compatible LED Downlights

At the end of last year, the UNSW CATS room right next to my PhD office in the Vallentine Annexe was undergoing complete renovation. As part of the renovation, they removed all of the old luminaires, most of which were … Continue reading

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Teardown, Repair: Varta Power Play (Ready2Use) 15 Minute Charger (Type 57275)

There was once a time when most portable electronic devices used AA or AAA batteries. Many users would opt to use Carbon Zinc or Alkaline disposable cells with these products, which proved to be costly financially and environmentally. An alternative … Continue reading

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Salvage: Peppercon LARA IP-KVM

The Peppercon LARA (note, not peppercorn, nor peppercom) is an IP-KVM device produced around 2002 by Peppercon AG of Germany. LARA is one of those “fancy” recursive acronyms standing for LARA Advanced Remote Administration. For those who aren’t familiar, an IP … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The SIMMs

As I managed to scrounge up some time, I decided I would document some of the bits and pieces I’ve managed to collect throughout the years. This post will be dedicated to the SIMMs in my collection – and no, … Continue reading

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Salvage: Conner CFS210A, Maxtor 7080AT, Seagate ST52520A, Quantum ProDrive 2100S Hard Drives

As part of a large bundle of stuff which was generously salvaged on my behalf, these are the hard drives that I managed to get. Definitely a trip down memory lane for some of these drives, and others, completely fascinating. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft MS-DOS Version 4.01

It’s been an extremely busy week, and I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything blog-related at all. Instead, I’m often left staring at piles of stuff I’ve meant to make a mention of on the blog, but … Continue reading

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Salvage and Take-Apart: Samsung DLP Lamp BP96-00826A(P)

Sunday this week was a council-mandated clean-up day. It’s a time for much illegal dumping and moving of old furniture and CRT TVs to the side of the road. It’s also a time for salvage people (myself included) to pick … Continue reading

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Salvage: Seagate U8-series ST38410A 8.4Gb Hard Drive

It’s not common to find drives in a salvage – so to have gotten three within one salvage is a bit of a record. Anyway, this was one of Seagate’s most popular “value” series drives – I’ve handled at least … Continue reading

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Salvage: Stuff from a Macintosh G4 Tower

Continuing on from the last salvage post – these were salvaged at the same time and place. Unusually, there was an Apple Macintosh G4 tower there – lovely case too. If it weren’t so heavy, I would have carried the … Continue reading

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Salvage: Quantum Fireball 1280Mb AT Hard Drive

It’s been another busy week – and as I wait for the autoclave to cool, here’s something from a salvage done earlier in the week … But before I talk about the item itself, the circumstances surrounding the salvage deserve … Continue reading

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Salvage: Duracell RM4R Mercury Cells

I suppose this is another one of those “I never thought I’d get my hands on this” kinda salvages. I won’t say where this was salvaged from, but if you’ve been reading along, you could probably take a guess. It … Continue reading

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Project Kryoflux – Part 6: Dealing with Difficult Disks and Drives

In a twist of fate, it turns out that one of my colleagues (Robert) had a collection of old Amiga floppies from the days he owned an A500. Unfortunately, he had given away his Amiga, and all he had left … Continue reading

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Salvage: Newtronics Model 200SPC Sweep/Pulse/Function-Generator

It feels like we’re on a roll today – here’s another “salvage” thanks to the Electrical Engineering “dump pile” at UNSW. This unit will be familiar to most of the Electrical Engineers of UNSW – it’s a Newtronics Model 200SPC … Continue reading

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Salvage: Muirhead & Co. Ltd. Type A-2-B Rheostat

Electrical Engineering at UNSW really provides some really interesting salvages from time to time – today, it’s two Muirhead & Co. Ltd. Type A-2-B rheostats. If that name sounds familiar to you, you may know it from its aerospace connections – … Continue reading

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Salvage: Advance Electronics Volstat

It seems like an age since I last updated my blog – and indeed it has. Rarely has there been such an extended silence, although, I’m afraid that this might become the norm. Instead, posts will end up coming out … Continue reading

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Dealing with Bad USB Keys

My mother recently returned home from her trip to Hong Kong with a pair of ‘novelty’ “”16Gb”” USB keys as a present. They cost about AU$12 each, which is in the ballpark of what a reputable USB memory stick would … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: iomega ZIP 250 IDE/ATAPI Drive Teardown

It’s interesting what you can find when you walk around on scheduled council clean-up dates. I managed to salvage an iomega ZIP 250 IDE/ATAPI drive from an unwanted computer, only to find that it was no longer functional. It wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Project Kryoflux – Part 2: Why Bother with it?

The Kryoflux isn’t expensive, but then again, it’s not exactly disposably cheap. Floppy disks have long been obsoleted, so why even bother with it? Is it really worth it? As alluded to in the previous part, getting access to data … Continue reading

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