Category Archives: Telecommunications

Analysis: Freeview Sydney (18 April 2017) after SBS moves to HD MPEG-4

While I was on holidays, the DVB-T digital TV stations at home were undergoing the last of a series of long-anticipated changes. On 8th April 2017, SBS followed the lead of the other broadcasters and finally converted over to MPEG-4 … Continue reading

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Project: THE (large) COLLECTION of V.34 Modem Sounds

After my posting of the definitive collection of V.90 modem sounds, a number of people got in touch with me with a few of them requesting the same to be done with V.34 connections. At first, I didn’t see the … Continue reading

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US Fax Test Services: HP, Brother and Canon

The death of voiceband modem communications is slowly but surely happening. I started Project Fax in recognition of this, as a way to remember one of the technologies, but sadly from the few faxes I have received, it seems I … Continue reading

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Failing: Sandisk Ultra microSDXC 128Gb (Class 10, UHS-I, Up to 80MB/s)

The new year just keeps getting better. Sure, the battery in the phone is failing, but the microSDXC card as well?! The Culprit The culprit was a Sandisk Ultra microSDXC card of 128Gb capacity, Class 10, UHS-I rated up to … Continue reading

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Teardown: Swollen Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 BM45 Battery

While I was using my Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 the other day, I realized something strange was happening. It didn’t quite fit in its case as well as it used to, the screen felt a little like it was bowing, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year: Sydney Fireworks Broadcast Side-by-Side Comparison

Happy New Year! Lets start this year off by taking a look at the new year’s eve fireworks broadcast. This year, just like last year, the televised transmission of the Sydney Harbour new year’s eve fireworks was done by the … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 6 – DAB+, DVB-T, FM Broadcast & Other Radio Scanning

It’s been a busy day of analysis to bring this part of my Canberra trip to a posting, but I suppose, it’s probably good that I’ve done the analysis before the data got too stale. In this post, I will … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 3 – Exploring the CBRfree WiFi Network

To a geek, having an internet connection is everything. Seeing as my budget conscious hotel didn’t offer free Wi-Fi, I decided I would try my luck and see if I could fix that. They did offer Wi-Fi on a paid-for … Continue reading

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Analysis: Freeview Sydney Post-Launch of ABC HD (6-7th Dec 2016)

Yesterday marked the launch of ABC HD, which finally means that Sydney Freeview gets each broadcasters’ main stations in high definition at long last. (EDIT: Actually, not quite true, as 7HD Sydney is still a simulcast of 7mate.) According to … Continue reading

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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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Teardown, Review: Grandstream HT802 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter

As a VoIP, modem and telephone enthusiast, I’ve reviewed a number of different Analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs) in the past including the Linksys PAP2T, Zyxel Prestige 2302R, Cisco SPA112 and Grandstream HT702. These are standalone devices which let you connect … Continue reading

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Telstra FaxStream TestFax Professional (aka FOLDS-B) Test

A while back, I did a number of experiments involving VoIP and faxing, which made use of Telstra’s FOLDS test. Because of a number of intricacies, voice-band data and VoIP generally do not (reliably) work together unless configured very carefully … Continue reading

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Freeview Update: Launch of ABC Me

I’ve been extremely busy as of late, so there hasn’t really been much time to keep up-to-date on everything that’s happening. Thankfully, I was tipped off about a reader a few weeks back that today would be the launch day … 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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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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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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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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Freeview Update: 7flix “now available on more TVs”

While watching TV yesterday evening, I heard the ad for 7flix’s line up say, rather clearly, now available on more TVs or something to that effect. That alerted me to a change to Channel 7’s multiplex configuration, which means it’s … Continue reading

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Freeview Update: 7HD Sydney’s (sort of) Launch?

A few weeks back, a kind tweet from a reader let me know that 7HD Melbourne was on the air and broadcasting. While I was down in Melbourne, I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to scrape together a transport-stream … Continue reading

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Project: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of V.90/V.92 Modem Sounds

Just recently, there was a surge in traffic to my old legacy dial-up sounds pages. While I did my best with the equipment I had at the time to capture the sound of dial-up modems, I always knew that my … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Even More Internal PCI Dial-Up Modems

Regular retro-technology service continues with this blog post. I showed some of my vast collection of dial-up equipment in the past, especially my internal PCI modems, but because of the bleak future of voice-band modem technology, I sought to obtain … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

After my Samsung Galaxy SIII gave up the ghost some-time early 2015, I was on the look-out for a new phone. Being the thrifty sort of person I was, I wasn’t going to spend any more than about AU$250. I … Continue reading

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Experiment: Telstra Free Data Day Redux (3 April 2016)

It seems like Telstra hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to network problems. I like to joke about it as The Network without Equal (outages) at least, this past few months. They had further issues with voice … Continue reading

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Retired, Teardown: Uniden XSA660 Analog Cordless Phone

On the whole, the rapid pace of technology means that, inevitably, there will come a time when you will need to upgrade to newer devices. But some systems have stayed the same for so long, that sometimes they escape being … Continue reading

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Fail, Teardown: LG G Pro Lite Dual (D686) BL-48TH Battery Swelling

Aside: Given that I’ve got a PhD thesis to hand in on Thursday this week, what the hell am I doing posting blogs? Well, as it turns out, in-between putting-out fires, I need to recharge and it seems that posting … Continue reading

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Review: 1MORE Super Bass Earphones (EO303)

On this site, I’ve managed to review and test numerous 1More design products under the Xiaomi/Mi branding, but in this article, I will be reviewing a 1More branded product for the first time. The EO303 is also known as their … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: “Avoid driving fast card” USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter

It’s always nice to have a few extra Ethernet interfaces on a computer – sometimes you need to run a software firewall, use a computer as a router, or you just need to sniff some network traffic running to a … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Maestro Woomera (W56ERSP) 56k V.90 Modem

It’s pretty rare, but sometimes, your wishes get answered. Sometimes … just sometimes, you wish for something, it turns up on eBay … and nobody else bids for it and you end up snagging a bargain. After the slight disappointment … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Maestro Woomera VW92-USB M240 Modem

It’s not very often certain very particular pieces of hardware turn up online. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a mission in regards to voice-band modem technology (many more articles to come), so I’ve been emptying my pockets quite … Continue reading

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Teardown: Moxa NPort 5110 Serial Device Server

As someone with a lot of serial devices, and various retro-inspired experiments, problems with serial co-existence are everyday life. Things like certain USB to serial adapters which don’t put out proper RS-232 levels and only put out TTL, or drivers … Continue reading

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