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Opinion: Transport for NSW 26 Nov 2017 Timetable Changes

It’s been just over two full weeks since Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) introduced a new timetable. The changes are claimed to increase capacity, adding extra services across the network across all modes. These changes were signalled by bright … Continue reading

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Random: Tech Shopping in Hong Kong – A Treasure Hunt?

When many people go overseas, one of the things they most look forward to is to do some shopping. I’m generally not like that – I absolutely abhor shopping. But there is one exception – tech shopping. This year, I’ve … Continue reading

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Random: Birthday, Reflections, Taronga, CeBIT & the Kitchen Sink

#include <stdio.h> int main (void) { printf(“Hello World!”); return(0); } It’s been quiet. Too quiet. Sorry for that. While I did say I was going on holidays and would be on a hiatus, I didn’t expect it to be a … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 6 – DAB+, DVB-T, FM Broadcast & Other Radio Scanning

It’s been a busy day of analysis to bring this part of my Canberra trip to a posting, but I suppose, it’s probably good that I’ve done the analysis before the data got too stale. In this post, I will … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 5 – More Walking Around the City

This post continues the random photos taken while walking around the city areas. Transportation The Sydney Building looks very similar to the Melbourne Building, but is essentially a large bus interchange for all of Action’s bus services. They also use … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 4 – Walking Around the City

Lets just say that my time in Canberra was limited, but that in itself wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course, Canberra has its regular tourist attractions (e.g. Parliament House, Old Parliament House, War Memorial, Art Gallery, etc) but as … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 2 – ANU & the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference

The main reason for heading all the way down to Canberra was to attend the APSRC. Having never spent any time at ANU, I felt it was pertinent that I take a tour around some of the campus to see … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 1 – The Journey and the Room

Just recently, I had the opportunity to present my work at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference 2016, which was being held at ANU in Canberra. As a result of this, I had a good reason to make a trip down … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Around the “Den” & Leaving Melbourne (Part 11)

After a long series of posts, my time in Melbourne is just about up. This part covers the tail end of the trip, namely where I stayed and heading out of Melbourne. The “Den” Even though the trip was mostly … Continue reading

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Melb2016: DAB+ Scanning & Slideshow Images (Part 10)

In my last post scanning the airwaves in Melbourne, I commented on just how difficult it was to get acceptable FM reception in the hotel. As it turns out, the DAB+ digital radio signals were much easier to receive, and … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Scanning the Airwaves from DC to Daylight (Part 9)

Most of my posts so far about my trip to Melbourne have been revolving around photography in a tourist sense, or as a tram-spotter. While some of the observations included some technical aspects, they were all visible and evident if … Continue reading

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Melb2016: The Tram Catalogue (Part 8)

The last posting dealt with a lot of transport related observations, but you might have noticed that it lacked photos of trams. The reason is that I’ve saved them for this posting – a post almost exclusively intended to catalogue … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Transport Related Observations & Signs (Part 7)

I’ve always been a fan of public transport, no matter where I go. It’s an economical way of travelling, although it’s not always convenient. I don’t mind though – I’m patient and tolerant enough. It’s always interesting to note the … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Self-Guided Night Photography (Part 6)

If the recent postings are anything to go by, people might be mistaken that this is a photography blog. I suppose it is, and it isn’t. Given that one of my interests is photography, and I rarely have good excuses … Continue reading

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Melb2016: Going to the OzWater’16 Conference (Part 1)

It’s been almost a month since my trip down to Melbourne for the OzWater’16 conference, and it’s taken me this long to get all my data together and partially processed so that I could start blogging about it. I suppose … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 11: Last Two Full Days in HK, Odds & Ends

At long last, we’ve reached what will probably be the final article in the series about my trip to Hong Kong and China. By this stage, I have achieved my primary objective of attending the conference and presenting some secondary … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 10: Conference at Kylin Villa, Shenzhen

This part continues on my series of postings about my overseas trip taken at the end of 2014 to Hong Kong and China. Because of time constraints and other interesting posts to put up, I haven’t been able to blog … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 9: The Tram Catalogue

As promised from the last posting about the trams in Hong Kong, here is the “tram catalogue”. This is basically a collection of mostly front-shots of the numbered trams as seen in Hong Kong on my tram day, 8th January … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 8: Riding the Ding Ding Tram

[This is a posting about a trip I took to Hong Kong and China as part of a conference trip at around the beginning of the year, but as I’ve not had the time to “digest” and write posts about … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 7: Being a Tourist – Big Bus Tour (Part 2)

Yikes! Time flies, but time for blogging? Well that sometimes happens, but it’s no guarantee. Always good to get things down before the memories fade too much, so I’ll try to turn back the clock to the 6th January, in … Continue reading

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Visited: The South-West Rail Link (Liverpool to Leppington)

Having spent a decent chunk of my life on public transport, whenever anything happens, it immediately captures my interest. The rail network had suffered through many years of neglect, and has only been undergoing “slow” evolution – I’ve only really … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 6: Being a Tourist – Big Bus Tour (Part 1)

So far, my holiday has involved much time staying inside the hotel, resting my temperamental ankles and looking at various transmissions on the air. Time was running out, and I really had to make the most of my time in … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 5: RTL-SDR, More Radio, AIS & Night Photos

It’s been a while since the trip, but I’ve been just way too busy lately to post anything more about the experiments and photos I’ve taken during my trip. The trip continues, with this part focusing mostly on more radio … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 4: Hong Kong Park & Edward Youde Aviary

After the marathon post in the last part about analyzing Hong Kong’s free-to-air TV signals, this part won’t be from inside the hotel. Instead, it’s 2nd January and I’m on an outing to Hong Kong Park. This post will be … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 3: Hong Kong Free-to-Air DTMB Analysis

What does somebody do when they’re in a room and want to relax for a bit? They watch television, of course! Having lived the majority of my life in Australia, it also provides the double-benefit of allowing me to soak … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 2: Around the Hotel & Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui

It might seem a little bit strange that the story of my trip is being told in a (slightly) non-chronological order. Initially I would have loved for it to be in order, but then I decided that it would be … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 1: A View from the Room

For business or for pleasure? Both. Or maybe none. We’ll see. I don’t generally go on many overseas holidays, but starting off with what is (I’m led to believe) probably one of the most cliché phrases to do with holidays … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Apotop Wi-Copy (DW21) 5200mAh Power Bank

Towards the end of 2014, I entered a competition held by Scorptec for a chance to win an Apotop Wi-Copy power bank. Guess what? I won! Thanks Scorptec! As a bit of a hobbyist photographer, backing up photos and keeping … Continue reading

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A demonstrative subset of my ticket collection …

In conjunction with my previous article on Cityrail and EFTPOS machines, I have decided to post a subset of my vast ticket collection illustrating some of the characteristics of the tickets. While my collection can’t be said to be “old” … Continue reading

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