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Review, Teardown: DeePoon V3 Mobile Phone 3D/VR Viewer

While 3D TV hasn’t been as great a success as expected, it seems the world is bypassing 3D for virtual reality with lots of hype and enthusiasm surrounding VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. While these … 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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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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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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Tech Flashback: Flashing a Dial-Up Modem using Flashcom

After some dial-up modem adventures as of late, I realized my Netcomm Roadster II 56k Ultra SVD wasn’t quite as up to date as it could be. It had Firmware V1.53 on it, and the latest version was likely to … Continue reading

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Project: Make a Netcomm RoadsterII USB Modem work in Windows 7 x64

Over the weekend, I had some hankering to get some voice-band dial-up modem action happening just for curiosity sake. I stumbled across my pair of old-reliable Netcomm Roadster II USB V.90 56k modems which seemed like good candidates for an … Continue reading

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Experiment: LG D686 Battery Charging Investigation

Earlier, in my article about modifying a USB charger doctor as a USB current shunt, I elaborated on the possibility of microcycling occurring in the battery of my mobile phone due to the irregular current profile after the phone had … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback, Teardown: i-mate Smartflip (aka HTC Startrek) Mobile Phone

Today, when we think of smartphones, the brands that first come to mind are likely to be Samsung and Apple. Former market leaders, such as Nokia and Motorola have mostly taken a back seat to these juggernauts, in a rather … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Unbranded Bluetooth Stereo Audio Receiver

Sometimes you would like to go wireless for audio but you still love your cabled stuff. Maybe it’s a pair of quality amplified speakers, or maybe it’s a set of cabled noise cancelling headphones. Whatever the reason is, you’re probably … Continue reading

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What happens when heavy machinery meets telephone line?

Those who have been connected with me on Facebook would know that on Friday (21st) morning, I lost my normally-reliable naked ADSL2+ service with TPG. Coincidentally, over the night of the 20th to the 21st, Downer Engineering, on behalf of … Continue reading

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Before iOS came Windows Mobile and Palm

The smartphones and tablets which we take for granted nowadays are an evolution of technology over time. While the Apple and the iPhone, along with Research in Motion’s Blackberry (which ironically, is also sinking quite badly at the time of … Continue reading

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Nokia N800 “Internet Tablet” – finally retires!

So, what does one do with a blog? I’ve proposed that I’ll start writing posts – mainly technology related ones, or related to tinkering. I think that’s something which a few people might be interested in and or even find … Continue reading

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