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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Addendum: 25mA Constant Current Tests

For those following along, they’d probably realize by now that I have left the country and are officially on holiday in the slightly-warmer-than-average-for-this-time-of-year Hong Kong. I had originally planned to make this post before I left home, but things got … 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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Quick Review: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX II (Nikon)

It’s Boxing Day, so it’s traditionally the time to unwrap gifts. While I do lament the commercialization of Christmas, I’d be lying to myself if I said I didn’t partake in it … at least, for my own benefit. As … 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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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Pt 4: Cell Physical Characteristics

After the rather interesting results in the previous section, I was curious as to who actually manufactured the cells for the lesser known brands, and whether that could be determined just by examining the physical characteristics of the cells. Given … Continue reading

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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Pt 3: The Results

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, you’ve earned the right to read the results! If not, you could be doing yourself a big disservice and not understanding the true intricacies that underlie the subject of battery testing and the … Continue reading

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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Pt 2: The Contenders

Welcome to the second installment in the Great AA Alkaline Battery Test series, where the contenders for testing are presented. This post is one of the most image heavy posts I have ever delivered, so apologies if my webserver falls … Continue reading

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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Pt 1: Battery Testing Fundamentals

Regular readers would probably know that I have a love of batteries, and their associated test equipment. Maybe it was the fact that they were expensive, but pervasive, and my enjoyment as a child relied quite heavily on batteries to … Continue reading

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RoadTest Review: B&K Precision Model 8600 DC Electronic Load

It’s a rather late night for me – as it has been for the past few weeks. But that’s not without reason, as a rather useful piece of equipment headed my way and my review was due. I had a … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: IKEA RYET 5w & 7.5w LED E27 Globes

It’s been a while since I had to make a trip to my local IKEA (Rhodes, Sydney, Australia), and as usual, I always like to stop by the lighting department and see what’s new. Last time, they were just introducing … Continue reading

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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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Teardown, Review: Grandstream HT802 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter

As a VoIP, modem and telephone enthusiast, I’ve reviewed a number of different Analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs) in the past including the Linksys PAP2T, Zyxel Prestige 2302R, Cisco SPA112 and Grandstream HT702. These are standalone devices which let you connect … Continue reading

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Review: Seagate Expansion Portable Drive 3Tb USB 3.0 (STEA3000400)

I thought my external drive buying spree was over, but this week, I came across a promotion where a Seagate Expansion Portable 3Tb drive was on offer for AU$139 at Officeworks. At that price, it represented the best value amongst … 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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Review, Teardown: Crest USB 2.0 All in 1 Mini Card Reader (CZUSBCR)

This particular review and teardown is a little different. In fact, this card reader was not one that I had purchased, since I normally swear by my Transcend RDF8‘s as being a decent performing, reliable and compatible reader at a … Continue reading

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Review: Toshiba Canvio Ready 2Tb USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (HDTP220AK3CA)

It’s not often, but today we’ve got back-to-back external hard drive reviews. Maybe the Maxtor 4Tb is a bit too big for your liking, or you just want another “good value” alternative to buy. Well, as it turns out, I … Continue reading

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Review: Maxtor M3 Portable 4Tb USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (HX-M401TCB/GM)

Seeing as I’m going to go on a holiday sometime next year, one thing I knew I would need is some portable external storage to keep all my experimental data and to backup the photos I will be taking. Not … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown, Reverse Eng: Generic Battery Tester

As a kid growing up in the 90’s, one fond memory I had was sorting through piles of batteries to see which ones were good and which ones needed to be discarded or recharged. With many toys and appliances using … Continue reading

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Review, Tested: Generic USB FM Transmitter (FM_MIC_V5.0.9)

It wasn’t too long ago that I purchased a generic pocket radio kit on eBay and built it. But as anyone knows, when it comes to shopping online for cheap Chinese goods, there are often lots of things that can … 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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Opinion: Can You Beat Usain Bolt? Not So Fast!

The Rio 2016 Olympics will be a memorable event for a number of reasons, but as it draws to an end tonight (Sydney time), I thought it would probably be nice to have one Olympic-themed post. In an era of … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Keweisi KWS-V20 USB Tester

It’s almost been one year since I’ve looked at “USB charger doctor” style devices, but having reverse engineered, tested and modified one, I didn’t think I’d ever bother with them again. That was, until I saw the Keweisi KWS-V20 USB … Continue reading

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Modification: Manson HCS-3102 Power Supply Output On/Off Switch

Three years ago, I purchased a pair of Manson HCS-3102 programmable switch-mode power supplies. These were not particularly expensive supplies, and judging by some of the noises they made and the granularity of the programming and read-back, weren’t particularly high … Continue reading

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Teardown, Review: Mercator Retina 10W (MD499) White LED Downlight

Mercator is an Australian owned lighting company, whose products are occasionally seen in local hardware and lighting shops. This article looks at the Mercator Retina 10W LED Downlight, model number MD499 in White, donated anonymously under the terms of the … Continue reading

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RoadTest Review: Keysight Technologies E36103A Power Supply

If you think all I have been doing is blogging about my holiday and LED lighting … the truth is that there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes. I was fortunate enough to be selected by element14 for … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Atom Lighting AT9033/WH/WW 10W LED Downlight

The review challenge submissions keep rolling in. This post looks at the Atom Lighting AT9033/WH/WW 10W Warm White LED Downlight, another product for the Australian market, also anonymously donated. Lets put it through its paces and see what we can … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: SAL Wave S9065 DL 10W LED Downlight

The LED downlight reviews continue, with another anonymous donation for the review challenge. This time, we’re looking at the Sunny Australia Lighting (better known as SAL) Wave S9065 DL (Daylight 6000K) 10W LED downlight. SAL is a major Australian distributor … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: HPM DLI9002 7W Cool White LED Downlight

The lighting industry has been undergoing a revolution thanks to LED technology, bringing with it ever higher efficiencies and better lifetime which are becoming more important both from an energy cost and environmental perspective. Home owners with older halogen based … Continue reading

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