Category Archives: Travel

Random: Birthday, Reflections, Taronga, CeBIT & the Kitchen Sink

#include <stdio.h> int main (void) { printf(“Hello World!”); return(0); } It’s been quiet. Too quiet. Sorry for that. While I did say I was going on holidays and would be on a hiatus, I didn’t expect it to be a … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Special 3 – Muller Licht 18W 1700lm 4000K T8 4ft LED Tube

If you’ve been following along, you probably didn’t guess that the final special post of my Canberra journey would have to do with LED lighting, but in fact this was the impetus for me to have met with the reader … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Special 2 – iomega REV 35Gb/90Gb Drives & Disks

The second special installment also has to do with removable storage, funnily enough. This post deals with the iomega REV, a removable hard drive system with capacities of 35Gb, 70Gb and 120Gb. This system was supposed to be a follow-up … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Special 1 – LS-120 & Zip250 Drives, LS-240 Disk & Benchmarks

In the last post, I alluded to some special postings related to my Canberra trip. Aside from the conference and roaming around, I was contacted by a reader who wished to offer me a few items as they thought I … 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 5 – More Walking Around the City

This post continues the random photos taken while walking around the city areas. Transportation The Sydney Building looks very similar to the Melbourne Building, but is essentially a large bus interchange for all of Action’s bus services. They also use … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 4 – Walking Around the City

Lets just say that my time in Canberra was limited, but that in itself wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course, Canberra has its regular tourist attractions (e.g. Parliament House, Old Parliament House, War Memorial, Art Gallery, etc) but as … 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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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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Canb2016: Part 1 – The Journey and the Room

Just recently, I had the opportunity to present my work at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference 2016, which was being held at ANU in Canberra. As a result of this, I had a good reason to make a trip down … Continue reading

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Melb2016: A Super-Special SyQuest Side Quest (Part 12)

At last, the promised final special part of my Melbourne trip has arrived. The difference is that this part didn’t really have anything to do with my trip to Melbourne at the beginning, and started long before I even had … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Around the “Den” & Leaving Melbourne (Part 11)

After a long series of posts, my time in Melbourne is just about up. This part covers the tail end of the trip, namely where I stayed and heading out of Melbourne. The “Den” Even though the trip was mostly … Continue reading

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Melb2016: DAB+ Scanning & Slideshow Images (Part 10)

In my last post scanning the airwaves in Melbourne, I commented on just how difficult it was to get acceptable FM reception in the hotel. As it turns out, the DAB+ digital radio signals were much easier to receive, and … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Scanning the Airwaves from DC to Daylight (Part 9)

Most of my posts so far about my trip to Melbourne have been revolving around photography in a tourist sense, or as a tram-spotter. While some of the observations included some technical aspects, they were all visible and evident if … Continue reading

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Melb2016: The Tram Catalogue (Part 8)

The last posting dealt with a lot of transport related observations, but you might have noticed that it lacked photos of trams. The reason is that I’ve saved them for this posting – a post almost exclusively intended to catalogue … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Transport Related Observations & Signs (Part 7)

I’ve always been a fan of public transport, no matter where I go. It’s an economical way of travelling, although it’s not always convenient. I don’t mind though – I’m patient and tolerant enough. It’s always interesting to note the … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Self-Guided Night Photography (Part 6)

If the recent postings are anything to go by, people might be mistaken that this is a photography blog. I suppose it is, and it isn’t. Given that one of my interests is photography, and I rarely have good excuses … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Daytime Walkabouts 2 (Part 5)

My daylight adventures in Melbourne continue with the afternoon adventure. But first, a little bit of food. I decided to stop off at Rocket Burgers and Fries for a meal, mainly because it was a convenient “on the way” stop, … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Daytime Walkabouts 1 (Part 4)

After going on the free walking tours, I still had a bit of time left in the day and some energy to spare, so I began my roaming almost immediately. As it was already mid-afternoon, I realized I wouldn’t quite … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Free Guided Walking Tour – Afternoon Part (Part 3)

The I’m Free walking tour continues on into the afternoon, with the second half of the tour with the more tasty bits. We get stuck right into the street-art scene, a prominent feature of Melbourne culture. Apparently, such places are … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Free Guided Walking Tour – Morning Part (Part 2)

After the conference was officially over, I had free time to explore Melbourne. Before I left Sydney, I spent some time searching online for various places and attractions worth seeing in Melbourne. Since I had a lot already planned even … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Going to the OzWater’16 Conference (Part 1)

It’s been almost a month since my trip down to Melbourne for the OzWater’16 conference, and it’s taken me this long to get all my data together and partially processed so that I could start blogging about it. I suppose … 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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Opal’s New Top-Up Machines and Single-Trip Tickets

Sydney’s long march to a paper-ticket-less transport network just got one step closer with the announcement on 23rd March 2016 that they are trialing new top-up machines with single-trip tickets. While this was always considered as the next step, it’s … 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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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 11: Last Two Full Days in HK, Odds & Ends

At long last, we’ve reached what will probably be the final article in the series about my trip to Hong Kong and China. By this stage, I have achieved my primary objective of attending the conference and presenting some secondary … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 10: Conference at Kylin Villa, Shenzhen

This part continues on my series of postings about my overseas trip taken at the end of 2014 to Hong Kong and China. Because of time constraints and other interesting posts to put up, I haven’t been able to blog … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 9: The Tram Catalogue

As promised from the last posting about the trams in Hong Kong, here is the “tram catalogue”. This is basically a collection of mostly front-shots of the numbered trams as seen in Hong Kong on my tram day, 8th January … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 8: Riding the Ding Ding Tram

[This is a posting about a trip I took to Hong Kong and China as part of a conference trip at around the beginning of the year, but as I’ve not had the time to “digest” and write posts about … 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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