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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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Review: Mi Band Pulse Fitness Tracker (XMSH02HM)

Up until now, I have been a regular user of my Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker that I reviewed back in 2015. It was simple, good value for money and performed consistently although the silicone band eventually wore out and … Continue reading

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Shootout: Four 433.92Mhz ASK/OOK Transmitter Modules Compared

The Arduino had a big hand in making people play with electronics and create their own little devices to solve their problems. A desire for low-cost wireless connectivity has led to many people purchasing low-cost 433.92Mhz ASK/OOK modules to create … Continue reading

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Review: Three Cheap Unbranded 1×18650 “DIY” Power Banks

A common theme I hear from readers is “well, those cheap power banks are rubbish, so why don’t I build my own?” I suppose that is not a bad thought, although designing one properly takes a bit of skill and … 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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Experiment: Telstra Free Data Day Redux (3 April 2016)

It seems like Telstra hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to network problems. I like to joke about it as The Network without Equal (outages) at least, this past few months. They had further issues with voice … Continue reading

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Teardown, Review: Grandstream HT702 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter

Seeing as I’ve been playing with my internal PBX and modems, and I recently just had an ATA power supply fail on me, I thought it would be a good time to order a few ATAs before they disappear entirely. … Continue reading

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Telstra’s “We’re sorry” day Experiment: 4G LTE Speed vs Time of Day

Rather embarrassingly, on February 9th, Telstra suffered a significant mobile outage across the country owing to human error in handling a hardware failure in a set of redundant mobile nodes, resulting in the shut down of too many nodes and … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Headphones (ZBW4189CN)

Xiaomi has impressed me time and again by bringing a variety of quality products in both functionality and design at prices which are extremely affordable. Ever since they introduced their first audiophile grade over-the-ears headphones, dubbed the Mi Headphones, I … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Seatay SBOX02503 2.5″ SATA III to USB 3.0 External Enclosure

What happens when you have a few 2.5″ SSDs lying around after an upgrade? One option is to convert them into external SSDs for fast work usage. Not having any enclosures to use, I decided to consult online for some … Continue reading

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Examined: Li-Ion/Li-Poly-based Power Bank Charge Current Profiles

It’s been a long time since I posted anything about power banks. Believe me, I would have liked to bring you some more reviews, or updates on cycle life testing, but due to my PhD commandeering my dual-measure multimeter I … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaoyi (Yi) Action Camera (YDXJ01XY) & Waterproof Case (BGX4004RT)

In recent years, the popularity of action cameras have skyrocketed with the success of GoPro’s offerings finding their way into hands of adventurous sportspeople, motorsport enthusiasts, skydivers, scuba divers, drone operators and even broadcasters. The breakthrough was in the compact … Continue reading

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Teardown, Accuracy Testing: LP7663 Kill-a-Watt-clone Power Usage Meter

Sometimes when I mention an idea, I will quickly become fixated on it and try to flesh it out as best as I can. Just yesterday, I was mentioning about how low-cost power usage meters can mislead, and today, I’m … Continue reading

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Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Updates, Philips Hue Bulb Compatibility & Performance

From my previous experiments noting compatibility issues with Philips Hue globes not playing with the LIGHTIFY system, it seems that OSRAM has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to solve the reported issues and bring LIGHTIFY users something new before … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung 850 EVO 1Tb (MZ-75E1T0B) Solid State Drive

Solid-state drives are something that I can rarely get enough of, as high performance storage has a big impact on the time spent waiting on a computer to get data-heavy tasks done. As someone who has enjoyed this, I had … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Belkin WeMo Switch (F7C027au)

All of this home automation stuff is admittedly a little addictive – being the curious type, I’ve always wanted to see how far these things can go. As a result, in addition to buying the Belkin WeMo globes at a … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Philips Hue 8.5W E27 Globe, tested w/OSRAM LIGHTIFY

UPDATE: Please note that this information is now historical and outdated. I have contacted OSRAM about the compatibility issue and I can confirm its resolution as of Gateway Wi-Fi Firmware Version 1.1.2.90, Zigbee Firmware Version 1.2.0.67. Many thanks to OSRAM … Continue reading

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Review: Belkin WeMo Smart LED Globe & Test w/OSRAM LIGHTIFY

When it comes to Zigbee-enabled smart lighting devices in Australia, the one predominant vendor at this moment is Belkin with their WeMo system. While the WeMo system itself has its share of mixed feedback, it was reported by Belkin that … Continue reading

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Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Smart Connected Lighting System

As we rapidly move towards an IP-connected society, with buzzwords such as “internet-of-things” and “sensor networks”, suddenly the concept of home automation has become cool again. No, we’re not talking about the old fashioned expensive, temperamental, slow and clunky power-line … Continue reading

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Review: Western Digital WD60EZRX 6Tb Green Hard Drive

One thing I can’t do without is oodles of storage. Some of my experiments have very peculiar storage demands – from high volume storage, to high speed streaming storage, I have to carefully consider my needs and how to best … Continue reading

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