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Farewell: TBS TBS6925 Professional PCIe Satellite Tuner Card

As a hobbyist with an interest in chasing satellite feeds, my TBS TBS6925 Professional Satellite Tuner Card was my dependable companion. Around AU$250 a piece, I purchased two back in 2011 and two years later, got around to reviewing it. … Continue reading

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Tested: “Compatible” Nikon EN-EL14 Batteries vs Genuine

Amongst the published articles on the site, it seems there is a fair amount of interest in the ones dealing with “compatible” and “fake” camera accessories, specifically Nikon EN-EL14 and EN-EL14a batteries. Having just recently returned from my first extended … Continue reading

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WONTFIX Teardowns: iFlashDeviceHD, Varta SMP-75W PSU, Powermonkey Discovery Power Bank

If there’s one thing I always need to do, that is to clean up and get rid of the rubbish. Almost constantly, broken things are taken apart and examined in my room, with some of them requiring only minor surgery … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA Sparsam 15W CFL & OSRAM Lightify CLA60 RGBW

It’s going to be a teardown double post, although not a happy one for me for a number of reasons. IKEA Sparsam 15W CFL This particular CFL is a young globe – only just installed prior to my holidays but … 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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DIY: Wallplate Switch Mechanism Replacement & Teardown

The DIY category of posts was meant for me to post about the random odd-jobs around the house that might need to be done from time to time. As it turns out, there often aren’t that many jobs – sometimes … Continue reading

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Project, Reverse Eng, Repair: ATmega328-based “Transistor Tester” Kit

A common complaint and reason for the falling popularity of electronic kits is that none of them really let you build something that’s really useful that you couldn’t buy pre-built at a lower cost. I believe this complaint does have … 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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Post-Mortem: Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter (A1344)

Unlike most of my other posts which are relatively straightforward, this post has a little story behind it. In March, Matson of Chicago, Illinois, USA contacted me about his “dead” Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter and wondered if I’d be … 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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Teardown: Failed Philips Genie 14W & Tornado 20W E27 CFLs

Another long weekend, so a good excuse to add some more posts. This post has a double serving of failed Philips CFLs – a Genie 14W and an old style Tornado 20W. These CFLs were used by the strata for … Continue reading

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Teardown: A failed SUNeCON S-SP/38 38W CFL Globe

SUNeCON is not a brand that’s often heard around here, and for good reason. This particular CFL is a very special globe – at least to me anyway. I was walking through a “$10” shop in Hong Kong back in … Continue reading

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Failed: Click LTMR5W3K 5W LED MR16-Replacement Globe

Throughout LED lighting’s journey towards mainstream adoption, several generations of end-user retrofit globes have been produced by many companies in a wide variety of configurations for simple “plug and play” upgrades. Unfortunately, these globes were not always of the quality … Continue reading

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Failed: Cheap and Nasty SMA Right-Angle Adapter (& Site Update)

If you’re a bit of a radio equipment user like myself, you’ll find that you’ve always got an amazing array of different connector needs. For example, you might have some older TV tuners with a “PAL” connector, some satellite equipment … Continue reading

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Failed: Counterfeit Linksys/Cisco PAP2T Power Adapter (MS-050200)

If I had three words to say, it would probably be just my luck. On 20th February this year, the Linksys PAP2T ATA that provides VoIP phone service to the house went down because of a power supply failure. Knowing … Continue reading

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Teardown: Failed MovNow W79 (Counterfeit Xiaomi) Fitness Tracker

Someone had commented on my review of the MovNow W79 about that to do about his fitness tracker which suddenly stopped working. An interesting coincidence? Mine also stopped working for some unknown reason. I tried my best to revive it … Continue reading

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Teardown: A Failed PAG024F 12V 2A Power Adapter

This week, my internet connected was knocked out for about an hour after achieving a record 60+ days continuous uptime. The cause was quickly traced down to a failed power supply which runs my ADSL2+ modem resulting in a boot-loop. … Continue reading

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Failed: 300W Linear Halogen Bulb

Halogen lights are one of the least efficient lighting technologies and they really should be replaced wherever possible. Sure, they’re more efficient than the humble incandescent, but only by a percent or two, rather than the 85% or so that … Continue reading

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Failed: Linksys/Cisco PAP2T Power Adapter (AD 5V/2F PSM11R-050)

Rather interestingly, and rather suddenly, I came home to find one of my PAP2T ATA’s that served the home phone line to be offline. A closer inspection showed no LEDs were lit, and a quick exchange of power adapters proved … Continue reading

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Teardown Fail: Philips 13w E27 LED Globe

A good 20-months ago, I settled on a Philips 13w E27 LED globe for my room. At the time, it seemed like a solid buy, given that I had no RF problems and it was as bright as expected with … Continue reading

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Teardown: IKEA 11W ES Frosted Round CFL

For some strange reason, it seems like it’s recently been CFL failure season. It could be the weather, but more likely, it’s just a random co-incidence. Today’s teardown candidate is another one of IKEA’s old series of CFL globes – … Continue reading

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Teardown: Vonets VAP11G Ethernet to 802.11g Wireless Bridge

What do you do when you have some device that only supports wired-Ethernet, but it’s going to be deployed in a place where it isn’t practical to install cabling? Well, the easy solution is to use Wi-Fi, through a device … Continue reading

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Teardown: Good Looking Counterfeit Nikon EN-EL14a Battery

Despite having thought that I kissed my money goodbye, I still went back to eBay to lodge a case. Within 24 hours, without any word, I received a refund and the case was considered closed. As I did receive a … Continue reading

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Problem: Opal Top-Up Pending Collection – RIP, my Opal Card

It’s probably self-evident by now, as a regular user of public transport (and an observant one at that), that I’ve been looking forward to receiving and getting onto the Opal system. While concession holders, including tertiary students, were left to … Continue reading

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Teardown: Another Dead “Compatible” {Laptop, Camera} Battery

Battery life is always an issue with technological devices. At least, with many larger devices, you can still solve the issue with buying a spare battery to swap in and extend your runtime away from the powerpoint. But of course, … Continue reading

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Teardown: Failed Asus eeePC 701 Netbook Power Supply (AD59230)

I’m not sure how many people today will remember the Asus eeePC 701, arguably, one of the earliest netbooks which drove the concept to its eventual boom. The 701 featured a stripped down specification, originally intending to be reminiscent of … Continue reading

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Teardown: SwitchOn Globe CH-2U 7w CFL Globe

Failures of compact fluorescent globes happen rarely, but every time I replace one, I tend to take them apart and photograph their insides if I haven’t already. Today’s specimen is a generic globe, which has been branded and imported by … Continue reading

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