Monthly Archives: July 2015

Project: Physically Damaged USB Drive Repair & Data Recovery

A while back, on 16th July, I was contacted by a fellow Sydneysider, and a fan of my blog with a request for help. While, ordinarily, I don’t respond to these, there was a rather long story behind this particular … Continue reading

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Site Update: Major Downtime at 29/07/2015 1044UTC – Cause: GoDaddy

I was going to spend some time in the evening (here in Sydney, Australia) doing some blogging when, to my surprise, I got an e-mail from my uptime monitor saying I had been downed for over 20 minutes. The downtime … 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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DIY: Adapting Out of Tricky Light-Bulb Situations

Being the resident electronically minded person in the house, I normally take charge of all the lighting in the house as well. Unfortunately, in the house we’re living in at the moment, some really oddball builder has decided to use … Continue reading

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Review: MovNow W79 (aka Counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker)

So maybe you’ve got duped on eBay and got sent a counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker that turns out to be a MovNow W79, or you’re thinking of buying one with the full knowledge that you’ve somehow ended up paying for … Continue reading

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DIY: Vertical Blind Hanger Repair

Rats! Don’t you just hate it when the hangers that hold your vertical blind strips suddenly fail, leaving you with a gaping hole in your blinds?! I certainly do. The plastic that the hangers are made of don’t seem particularly … Continue reading

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Project Adverpising: A Wi-Fi Beacon with Raspberry Pi

Privacy is a major issue, especially as we continue to gear-up and carry various wireless devices which emit signals which can be used to track our movements, be it just a smartphone with Wi-Fi turned on, probing for access points … 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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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 10)

Experiments never stop around here, and I’m pleased to present the tenth installment in this series of posts about the capacity degradation of a lithium-polymer based power bank as a function of charge-discharge cycle. This tenth part represents another increase … Continue reading

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Project: Raspberry Pi Door Sign in Under an Hour!

A while back, I wasn’t happy that I was constantly getting interrupted while working or sleeping in my room, so I decided to solve that. Grabbing some parts I had lying about, I decided to make a wireless network-connected door … Continue reading

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Teardown: element14 Wi-Pi USB Wireless 802.11n 150Mbit/s 2.4Ghz Dongle

The end of financial year almost always means discounts and sales, and this year was no different. My favourite shop, element14, had run some promotions in their Connect magazine, which included a further discount of 10% on the already-discounted prices … 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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Uncovered: Fake Xiaomi (Mi) Fitness Tracker & Replacement Bands

After a few months of wearing my Mi Fitness Tracker, the first sign of weakness started to appear. The design of the wristband has a thin edge which “slots in” to a channel in the body of the fitness tracker … Continue reading

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Visited: SMPTE 2015 Sydney Exhibition (14 – 17 July)

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is an important organization that has been involved in the standardization of virtually every video and film standard – including compression, interconnection, test patterns, file formats, and so on. It’s safe … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AL 16000mAh Power Bank

Xiaomi, or Mi for short, is a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer that have been known for delivering affordable, high quality products, with an aim to become the next “household brand”. Their product lines have diversified away from only phones and … 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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Photography: Auburn Botanic Gardens & Surroundings

The weather this week hasn’t been particularly inviting, especially as Sydney was in the middle of getting hit by a large cold front. As a result, the weather was going to turn into an unpredictable mess of cold temperatures and … Continue reading

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Photography: Minnamurra Rainforest (Budderoo National Park)

Life had been getting somewhat routine at home, so I decided that I needed a bit of exercise and a nature break. On Tuesday 30th June 2015, with a family friend, I visited the Minnamurra Rainforest Visitors Centre in Budderoo … Continue reading

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Teardown: Osram St151 4-22W Series Glow Starter

If you thought I had said everything I needed to say about starters back in my glow lamp article, you were wrong! When visiting a local hardware store, I came across a different type of starter, known as a series … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Astone ISO DOC-130 2.5″ & 3.5″ SATA II to USB 3.0 Dock

When you have a pile of small bare hard drives to use, giving them all a SATA port to use or an individual enclosure is prohibitively expensive. Maybe you have a hard drive to quickly test, or an occasional back-up … 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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