Monthly Archives: August 2018

Tech Flashback: Landline Sounds & Telephone Teardowns

I’ve always been interesting in telephones and networks, but I’ve never really thought of becoming a telephone collector. Rather unexpectedly, through a process of not-throwing-things-out (it’s not hoarding, I swear!), I now have a few phones but not much to … Continue reading

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Note: Installing Firefox on a Fresh Windows Install without using IE

It’s no big secret that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and it’s closely related cousin, Edge, are not the world’s favourite browsers. They’re not even my favourite and for a number of good reasons. In the battle for market share, Microsoft has … Continue reading

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Project: RasPBX (FreePBX/Asterisk) for the Home

In the early days of VoIP, most users were still using analog phones through ATAs and early softphones with services like Free World Dialup (later, FWD) which offered users free SIP accounts that could call within the FWD network for … Continue reading

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Opinion: The ‘Secret’ Life of Bus Drivers

As a frequent public transport user, I’ve always had an interest in various modes of transport. By far, the one that has proven to be most entertaining to monitor in recent times has been that of the bus radio, as … Continue reading

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Site Update: HTTPS (at last), with a Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

Just the other day, an anonymous poster commented on one of my recent posts asking whether I had considered using HTTPS and reminding me that I needed a Privacy Policy due to the use of Google Adsense and Google Analytics. … Continue reading

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Repair: Soyoung S-C18 Soymilk Maker

This weekend, a friend of ours had a small emergency – her soymilk maker stopped working and was completely dead. The particular unit was a Soyoung S-C18 which claimed to be a unit specially made by Joyoung for the Australian … Continue reading

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Project: Scanning the Orion DMR Network (Kurrajong Heights Base)

I was sitting in my room the other day and something seemed off. It was quiet. Too quiet. But why? As it turns out, I used to have a scanner radio active in idle times to listen to what was … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Radio Scanning (feat. Uniden UBC93XLT, DSE DTS-96, Icom IC-R20)

Towards my later high-school years, in the mid-2000s, armed with a small amount of money, I picked up the hobby of radio scanning. As a person who was curious by nature and had built a number of FM radio microphone … Continue reading

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Tested: VLANs in the Home Through “Dumb” Switches

Being someone who has used consumer gear for a long time, I’ve always been rather frustrated at their inconsistent or general lack of support for VLANs. Long used in corporate networks, the VLAN concept can be extremely useful for realising … Continue reading

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Tested: EDUP 11AC 1900M Dual-Band USB 3.0 Wireless Adapter (EP-AC1621)

In my quest for more wireless throughput, my hAP ac with three-stream 802.11ac wireless seemed to be the right choice. The problem was that I had absolutely no three-stream capable equipment to use with it – so I wasn’t seeing … Continue reading

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Teardown: D-Link DGS-1005A 5-Port & TP-Link TL-SG1008D 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

After bathing in nostalgia looking over my old switch and hub, it’s time to come clean – there’s a place for Fast Ethernet and that was a number of years ago. While some of the old equipment might still be … Continue reading

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Teardown: Iomega Zip 250 USB Drive, ATAPI Benchmarks & Defect Analysis

In the last post, I documented the haul of gear donated by a generous reader. In this post, I take the time to see if I can make things better, do some experiments on the Zip ecosystem and report on … Continue reading

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Tech Donation: Iomega Zip 250 USB Drive & Assorted Disks

Blogging seems to be like playing a game of catch-up … I’m always behind on posts. Around a month ago, a very generous reader happened to have some Zip 250 equipment that they were done with and wanted to send … Continue reading

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Note: Bosch Sensortec BMP280 vs BME280 Sensor Confusion

While looking around for some cheap environmental sensors, I came across the seemingly ideal and relatively popular Bosch Sensortec BME280. This is a digital I2C sensor that can operate at 1.8 or 3.3V, providing temperature, humidity and barometric pressure measurements … Continue reading

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Teardown: Old Generic 9W GU10 LED Lamp

A long time ago during a clean-up salvage, I stumbled across some GU10 LED lamps which were thrown out. I wasn’t sure exactly why, but it’s rare to come across such lamps. As I don’t have a GU10-compatible fixture, I … Continue reading

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Teardown: Mikrotik hAP ac & hAP mini Routerboards

After my house move earlier this year, I was in a bit of a networking dilemma. As every self-confessed nerd knows – internet access is critical. I recently upgraded to a TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 access point at the other … Continue reading

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Project: Examining Capacity of Recharged Alkaline AA Batteries

As a young kid, my parents had told me about how great NiCad rechargeable batteries are for reducing waste and saving money. While we did have some alkaline cells around, we used rechargeable batteries whenever possible. Because these were quite … Continue reading

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Teardown: Grandcell Rechargeable Alkaline Manganese Battery Charger (GBTL208MB)

Batteries have always been an interesting subject for me and after the test of disposable Alkaline cells, I felt there was another unanswered question. To help answer it, I dug up my old Grandcell Rechargeable Alkaline Manganese Battery Charger (GBTL208MB) … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Ethernet Hubs & Switches (Netgear DS104 & Skymaster 8320-030)

Ethernet has been around for so many years that we hardly ever take the time to stop and think about it. We take it for granted that most desktop PCs come with Ethernet ports integrated on-board, Ethernet switches are cheap … Continue reading

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