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Video Compression: x264 CRF Generational Loss Testing

Having been involved in some way with video capture and editing from the late 90’s onwards, something we have always been taught is to avoid lossy formats for capture and editing due to the problem of generational loss. Put simply, … Continue reading

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Video Codec Tests: x264 CRF vs enc_qsv CQ vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

After my earlier attempt to do some codec comparisons, I realized that something went grossly wrong with the “difficult case” clip. Specifically, it was an interlaced video clip which I wanted to use, and I naturally assumed that interlaced encoding … Continue reading

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Visited: Upgrade Australia 4.0 (29th September 2016)

Upgrade Australia is a yearly event held by nextmedia in conjunction with partner companies. Alternating between Sydney and Melbourne each year, this event focuses on PC technology including the latest upgrades and gear. It is targeted to readers of four … Continue reading

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Project: Awakening the Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100

In the previous post, I took a look at the nearly pristine condition Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 and accessories which were donated to me for some edu-tainment. While it was pretty to be able to look at a piece of … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Apple Macintosh PowerBook 100 & Accessories

As it turns out, this week was a pretty good week for me. It’s not often something comes in, begging to be played with. It’s even less often that the object in question makes you drop almost everything so that … Continue reading

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Video Compression Testing: x264 vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

Having played around with video since I had a few multimedia CD-ROMs and a BT878-based TV tuner card, video compression is one area that has amazed me. I watched as early “simple” compression efforts such as Cinepak and Indeo bought … Continue reading

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How To: Remove WD Hard Drive from MyBook Enclosure

Well, seeing as I purchased four of the 6Tb MyBook drives, you didn’t think I would just leave them in their external cases, being strangled by a USB 3.0 bus without UASP, right? Well, of course not. The main reason … Continue reading

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Project Adverpising: A Wi-Fi Beacon with Raspberry Pi

Privacy is a major issue, especially as we continue to gear-up and carry various wireless devices which emit signals which can be used to track our movements, be it just a smartphone with Wi-Fi turned on, probing for access points … Continue reading

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Experiment: SSH Honeypot – Weeks 3 and 4

This has been a rather interesting experiment that I started and didn’t really “turn off” despite intending to. Unfortunately, last week, I didn’t have the time to analyze the data from the honeypot, and another week has come around, so … Continue reading

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Experiment: SSH Honeypot – Week 2

Seeing as I went through a decent effort to prepare the SSH honeypot for last week’s posting, I didn’t quite want to end it just there. As we know, the internet security landscape is dynamic, and threats will continue to … Continue reading

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The Raspberry Pi 2: Not all from the UK?

The recently launched, speedier, Raspberry Pi 2 continues the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s legacy of providing affordable computing for educators and tinkerers alike. They recently announced that they have exceeded 5 million units sold, making them the fastest selling British computer. … Continue reading

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Project: 20th Anniversary Pentium G3258 – Part 2: Overclocking & Benching

As an engineer, I get excited whenever I have any form of optimization to perform. Overclocking is a kind of optimization, depending on how you do it – in this case it’s attempting to extract the maximum clock rate, with … Continue reading

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Project: 20th Anniversary Pentium G3258 – Part 1: The Nostalgia & the Parts

It’s not often in technology that something lasts a good 20 years, but it seems, the Pentium name is one of them. To celebrate this, Intel released a special Intel Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 in mid-2014 based on the … Continue reading

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