Monthly Archives: May 2016

Repair, Teardown: Toyota Camry (2000) Remote Key Fob

Earlier last week, my father gave me a call about his central locking remote key fob for his Toyota Camry not working. As it was the remote he was using as the primary remote, the appropriate assumption would be that … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Anker PowerCore+ 10050 (A1310) QC2.0 Power Bank

When it comes to discussing power banks and USB charging in general, it’s hard to overlook Anker branded products. The company was started by a group of friends working at Google, and has since put out a multitude of USB … 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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Failed: Cheap and Nasty SMA Right-Angle Adapter (& Site Update)

If you’re a bit of a radio equipment user like myself, you’ll find that you’ve always got an amazing array of different connector needs. For example, you might have some older TV tuners with a “PAL” connector, some satellite equipment … Continue reading

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Freeview Update: 7HD Sydney’s (sort of) Launch?

A few weeks back, a kind tweet from a reader let me know that 7HD Melbourne was on the air and broadcasting. While I was down in Melbourne, I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to scrape together a transport-stream … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The (beautiful) EPROM Chip Collection

It’s been a busy and draining week and a bit in Melbourne, and it’s consumed the vast majority of my energy just to get everything unpacked and put into order. However, things have been getting a little too quiet around … Continue reading

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Site Update: A Trip to Melbourne for OzWater’16

Readers may have noted the slight quieting down of the site over the past weeks – indeed, this is a sign of my continuing busyness. As I like to say, what people see is the results, but only you know … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 12)

This is another quick update on my power-bank torture experiment that’s been ongoing since September 2014. Another 50 cycles have been accrued, for a total of 600 since the experiment began, or 615 cycles since the power bank was manufactured. … Continue reading

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Project: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of V.90/V.92 Modem Sounds

Just recently, there was a surge in traffic to my old legacy dial-up sounds pages. While I did my best with the equipment I had at the time to capture the sound of dial-up modems, I always knew that my … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Even More Internal PCI Dial-Up Modems

Regular retro-technology service continues with this blog post. I showed some of my vast collection of dial-up equipment in the past, especially my internal PCI modems, but because of the bleak future of voice-band modem technology, I sought to obtain … Continue reading

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Visited: CeBIT Australia 2016 Exhibition

As a tech enthusiast, it’s become a yearly tradition to visit CeBIT Australia, and this year is no different. Just like last year, it is held over three days at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park as the Exhibition and Convention … 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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Failed: Counterfeit Linksys/Cisco PAP2T Power Adapter (MS-050200)

If I had three words to say, it would probably be just my luck. On 20th February this year, the Linksys PAP2T ATA that provides VoIP phone service to the house went down because of a power supply failure. Knowing … Continue reading

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Project: Examining VGA BIOS from Old Graphic Cards

I suppose they say, once you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Indeed they are right, because now I have a ROM programmer, I couldn’t stop pulling teeth chips just to dump them. Aside from motherboard BIOS chips, … Continue reading

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