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Teardown: Motorola CableComm Series II Cable Access Unit (MM1012A)

I remember when I was very young, peering outside the window and seeing a bunch of workmen and trucks pull up in front of the house. In a short time, they rigged a steel wire between the power poles, then … Continue reading

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Experiment: Sylvania Lynx CFTE 42W Cool White Deluxe CFL Tubes

Every so-often, I drop into my local thrift shop because I just so happen to be passing by on another errand and have some time to spare. It’s often a good experience to sift through the random items for sale, … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 6 – Old I/O Boards & Fluorescent Starters

It’s new year’s eve, and I’m back with the last part of the salvage season posts. Just as well, since salvage season is coming to an end as the year is coming to an end. This post looks at some … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 5 – Fisher-Rosemount Systems Model 275 HART Communicator

“All this gear … and I still can’t get to your heart.” Welcome back to the salvage season series of posts. Lame joke aside, this post will be about a Fisher-Rosemount Systems Model 275 HART Communicator. So … what is … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 4 – Lighting & AV Stuff

The salvages continue with lighting and AV related equipment. Of course, some of this isn’t that useful nowadays, but it’s more interesting from a “wish fulfillment” and philosophical perspective. Lighting (with Philosophical “Light-Bulb” Moments) It’s no big secret that LED … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 3 – Other Computer Hardware

After taking a short breather to prepare all the images for the upcoming few posts, the salvages continue. This part is concerned with “other” computer hardware that I managed to snag. Some of it remains untested, primarily due to a … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 2 – Intel X25-M 160Gb SSD

In this day and age, SSDs are becoming quite ubiquitous for their performance benefits and many systems come with them pre-installed. But not too many years back, SSDs were considered performance items for enthusiasts, commanding high price-tags. Hobbyists like myself … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 1 – Hard Drives

To all my readers – a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, or alternatively, Happy Holidays or Merry *mas … It’s that time of the year again where we’re counting down to the end and people are … Continue reading

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Video Glitching: DRM Encryption

I will start just by saying that I’m not a person that has practiced the glitch art form, but having been exposed to some examples of it, it’s not hard to recognize it. The difference is that this particular glitch … 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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Salvage: Audio Telex Communications ATC 5400 & Australian Monitor ATC5101-3 PA Speaker

When you see one of these grilled on the ceiling, your first thought may be “Hey, that’s a fire alarm evacuation speaker!” Indeed, you would be right. In the past few weeks, Wormald Fire Systems have been upgrading the fire … Continue reading

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Teardown: Digi International Edgeport/8 RS-232 to USB Converter

In the things that have happened to me last week, getting a Digi International Edgeport/8 donated to me was one of the more exciting events. A Little Bit of History It wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: Vossloh Schwabe ELXe 236.523 T8/TC-L Electronic Ballast

A while back, in one of the rooms I was sitting in at the uni, there was a flickering 2 x 36w fluorescent fitting. This particular fitting was troublesome, as contractors had come and gone and relamped the unit, only … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: Extron DVI-RGB 150, iLuv USB Charger, Nvidia 9600GT (OEM)

Around here, the salvages don’t stop. Continuing on from my salvages from an undisclosed location, here are some more items that I had managed to rescue from certain destruction for a chance at a second life. Extron DVI-RGB 150 The … Continue reading

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Salvage: HTS541680J9SA00 80Gb HDD, Duracell AAA, Optus Cable Card & Alcatel-Lucent Home Cell

I’ve been occasionally accused of being a hoarder, which I suppose is true. The result of this is that I do end up collecting interesting tidbits, mostly broken things, which I can take apart and explore … or just admire … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: ST3250310AS 250Gb & WD1600AAJS 160Gb Hard Drives

This post is a bit of a follow-on from last salvage posting. The undisclosed location provided many bits and pieces, including a large number of hard drives from (mostly) HP branded computers. Well, I suppose provided might not be the … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: Seagate Cheetah 10K6 & 10K7 SCSI Ultra320 Hard Drives

A few weeks back, an undisclosed location had a technology waste “clean-up” which was definitely a golden opportunity for any tech-salvagist and word-inventor like myself. Interestingly, this salvage opportunity netted a few desktop computers, a sizable number of sticks of … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: MR16 Downlight Transformers & Luminaire

While I did salvage the lights in the last part, that was not all! There were also downlight transformers and luminaires to be salvaged too. Using a similar strategy to the last, I decided to salvage one of each sort … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: MR16-compatible LED Downlights

At the end of last year, the UNSW CATS room right next to my PhD office in the Vallentine Annexe was undergoing complete renovation. As part of the renovation, they removed all of the old luminaires, most of which were … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft MS-DOS Version 4.01

It’s been an extremely busy week, and I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything blog-related at all. Instead, I’m often left staring at piles of stuff I’ve meant to make a mention of on the blog, but … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback (& Experiment): Fujifilm DLTtape IV Cartridge

Thanks to one of my friends at the university, while I was out of action due to my ankle, he managed to save me quite a few “old” things that were thrown out. One of them was this – a … Continue reading

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Salvage and Take-Apart: Samsung DLP Lamp BP96-00826A(P)

Sunday this week was a council-mandated clean-up day. It’s a time for much illegal dumping and moving of old furniture and CRT TVs to the side of the road. It’s also a time for salvage people (myself included) to pick … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: I’m SCSI and I know it …

You might look at the title and not realize what the reference is – but apparently, SCSI was supposed to be pronounced ‘sexy’ until somebody ruined it. I suppose that’s fitting when SCSI evolved from SASI, which one can only … Continue reading

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Weekend “Soup Pot” Post – Politics, Rail Observations, etc.

This weekend has been a little bit different from the others – for one, I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to ride at all, but instead, I’ve been doing a little work for the PhD and also … Continue reading

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Salvage: Foxtel Cable Smartcard

Another one of my old salvages surfaced today as I did some cleaning up of my room – it’s a Foxtel Digital Cable Smartcard. This was taken out of an Amstrad branded cable tuner (if memory serves me correct). The … Continue reading

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Salvage: Newtronics Model 200SPC Sweep/Pulse/Function-Generator

It feels like we’re on a roll today – here’s another “salvage” thanks to the Electrical Engineering “dump pile” at UNSW. This unit will be familiar to most of the Electrical Engineers of UNSW – it’s a Newtronics Model 200SPC … Continue reading

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Salvage: Muirhead & Co. Ltd. Type A-2-B Rheostat

Electrical Engineering at UNSW really provides some really interesting salvages from time to time – today, it’s two Muirhead & Co. Ltd. Type A-2-B rheostats. If that name sounds familiar to you, you may know it from its aerospace connections – … Continue reading

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Salvage: Advance Electronics Volstat

It seems like an age since I last updated my blog – and indeed it has. Rarely has there been such an extended silence, although, I’m afraid that this might become the norm. Instead, posts will end up coming out … Continue reading

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Salvage: Kodak Professional RFS3600 Film Scanner

This post has been a while in the making – despite salvaging this a while back from my “regular place of salvage”, I wasn’t ready to make a post about it until much later. As you can see, this was … Continue reading

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Salvage: Inside a Synaptics Touchpad

Passing by my regular salvage dump site, I managed to come across another laptop that was broken and thrown against a wall. The laptop in question was a Clevo T2V – not a glorious brand, as I’ve had heaps of … Continue reading

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