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Random: North-West Metro, Swollen Redmi Note 4X, New Sharp Aquos S3 (FS8032) & more

It’s been another busy week – so busy in fact that I can’t see myself doing much in the way of blogging for the next month or two. Between working away on my research, RoadTest reviews and keeping everything running, … Continue reading

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Project: DSE K5415 Video Fader & Wiper Kit (EA 4/98)

This weekend’s been quite a busy one, especially as I’m starting to sink my teeth into a number of RoadTest reviews. But it turns out that this weekend is also the weekend in which I have have finally come to … Continue reading

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Fake: Hoya PRO1 Digital UV Filter

Recently, having purchased a new lens (even though it was only a kit lens), I thought it would be a good idea to protect the front element with a clear UV filter. While this practice is sometimes debatable as filter … Continue reading

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Beta Tested: Cooee Busways On Demand Public Transport Service

Updates at the end of the article – Busways has launched the Cooee Busways – The Ponds, Schofields and Kellyville Ridge site with further details. Residents in the Hills district have much to celebrate, as after many years of promises, … Continue reading

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long Rnd(): Birthday Analysis, Spoiling Myself, Fixing Stuff, Thrifty Finds, Parking Tickets & More

It’s been a busy long-weekend, but there’s no better post than a “long random” for a long weekend! This time around, it just so happens to be my birthday as well. Happy Birthday to Me? Really? Well, what can I … Continue reading

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Project: DSE K4309 Daytime Running Lights for Cars Kit (SC 8/99)

When it comes to good things, they say moderation is best. Don’t eat all your candy at once, or so they say, but instead I’m diving right in for a Dick Smith Electronics kit overdose. This is kit four of … Continue reading

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Experiment: Charging Ni-MH Batteries with Constant Voltage?

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the following experiments were conducted under controlled conditions. No responsibility will be taken for any outcomes including damages incurred from the use, misuse or inability to use the information that follows. You are responsible for any … Continue reading

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Project: DSE K7220 EA 12/90 Transistor Tester Kit

Two kits? Why not make it three. I’m enjoying this trip down memory road – but this one is rather interesting as well, as I’ve seen some of these units around but never had one of my own. This kit … Continue reading

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Project: DSE K7120 Thermocouple Adaptor for DMMs Kit (SC 12/98)

The trip down memory lane continues with the second Dick Smith Electronics boxed kit that I purchased from the CCARC Wyong Field Day. You could say, I’m on a roll when it comes to these kits … The Kit This … Continue reading

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Project: DSE K5408 Two-Channel Audio Camcorder Mixer Kit

A while back, I stumbled across a number of old Dick Smith kits being sold at the CCARC Wyong Field Day. I promised the seller that I would build the kits (eventually) and they might even make it onto the … Continue reading

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Tested: Mirabella Vintage Style Filament 25W Clear ST58 E27 Decorative Globe

While I have looked at some vintage filament style globes in the past and come to the conclusion that they’re absolutely horrid for energy efficiency, they do have a visual appeal. This week, while rummaging through a thrift store, I … Continue reading

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Review, Test & Teardown: BlitzWolf BW-S6 30W QC3.0 Dual-Port Charger

It’s a bit of a shame that some of the mobile phones out there which have Qualcomm chipsets and are capable of quick charging are shipped with regular “plain old” 5V/2A chargers. As an owner of various Xiaomi phones myself, … Continue reading

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Opinion: Drink Container Recycling – Who “Returns and Earns”?

It’s been quite a while since I last wrote an opinion about something that’s not entirely technology-related, so I guess it’s a good time to write something about drink container recycling, as that’s become something I do sporadically since the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The CD+Graphics Format (CD+G)

I think by now, everyone knows I like to go on a salvage. This includes going regularly into thrift shops to see what’s new (or old) and what could be had for a reasonable price. This week had been rather … Continue reading

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Project: Jaycar KV3520 Vocal Converter, KV3570 RF Remote Control & KD6010 Educational Oscillator Kit

Time to crack open some more goodies from my recent haul at the Wyong Field Day – this time, it’s three old discontinued Jaycar kits from the past. KV3520 Vocal Converter The first kit I attempted was the KV3520 Vocal … Continue reading

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rnd(): Ghosts in the Air Glow, Networking Woes, Surprise T-Shirt, Opal Receipts & Parking Tickets

It’s been another busy week, as usual, but I guess it’s nice to be occupied. You wouldn’t want to be bored … so I thought it would be a good time to make this “random” post that covers some things … Continue reading

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Project: DIY More Tube-based Pre-Amp Kit (6J1 “Fever” Clone)

Ever since the vinyl “revival”, I’ve been bitten by a vintage audio bug of sorts. Of course, the old formats always come with their headaches and frustrations, but they also have a character and charm associated with them. One thing … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Anchor Automation Volksmodem 12

This weekend is turning out to be a bit of a telephony weekend, as I unpack more items from the stack of items donated by readers of the blog. This one is something I’m particularly fond of – the Anchor … Continue reading

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Teardown: Bosch DS835 TriTech PIR/Microwave Motion Detector

One of the things I bought home from the recent Wyong Field Day was a Bosch DS835 TriTech motion detector. While the box was beat-up, the unit inside looked clean and the seller wanted just $5 for it, so I … Continue reading

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Project: HX3208 (CD9088-based) SMD “Micro” FM Radio Kit

The kit drawer is like the bottomless-pit of entertainment, except that it does have a bottom and I’m slowly reaching it. You can tell because these are the kits that I’ve left behind for a later day – perhaps out … Continue reading

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After the Beep: DSE F-8011 & ion by Telstra Digital Answering Machines

The humble voice call by telephone has been with us for many years, but with the popularity of land-lines fading, it seems that the traditional voice call may be headed towards obscurity. As a synchronous communication, it requires both caller … Continue reading

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Project: HX-1021 “Green Lighting” LED Color Small Night Light Kit

Gough’s kit crusade continues with this HX-1021 “Green Lighting” LED Color Small Night Light kit, costing just AU$2.73 including postage. This one was incorrectly listed on eBay as a “mains motion light”, but the lack of a PIR detector is … Continue reading

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Project: EQKit PSK-1 Electronic “Voice Control” Switch Kit

Continuing the kit-a-thon, I grabbed another EQKit out of the drawer – this one is a PSK-1 which was sold as an Electronic “Voice Control” Switch Kit for the princely sum of AU$1.98 including postage. As a kit that had … Continue reading

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Project: EQKit MDS-60 Electronic Metal Detector Kit

As a fan of building kits, my crusade to try building random cheap-Chinese kits continues with this EQKit MDS-60 Electronic Metal Detector Kit which I managed to get for AU$1.84. Being such a low-cost item, we don’t expect to build … Continue reading

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Project: “Generic” USB 5V/500mA Charger Kit

When it comes to power supplies, the standardisation of USB has made it the ubiquitous choice for many mobile and portable devices. As a result, you probably have an abundance of spare USB power supplies to charge or power your … Continue reading

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Random: Hailstorm, Floppy Torture, Earpad Repair & Creative Racking feat. GS724Tv3

It’s rarely the case I don’t get a chance to post until the very end of the weekend, but this week has been one of those weeks. Busyness knows no bounds, made worse when you get some surprise events thrown … Continue reading

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Project: “Generic” CD4060 SMD Musical LED Fancy Lantern Kit

I have a drawer full of cheap kits and I’m on a mission to empty it! This time, I’m looking at a “generic” CD4060 SMD “musical” LED fancy lantern kit which was purchased for AU$2.89 including postage. What’s so fancy … Continue reading

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Project: “Generic” Electronic 3-Person Voting Kit

My love for kits and cheap thrills comes together when I shop online. A year-or-so ago, I scoured eBay for whatever cheap kits I could find so I could build them and given the rainy weather, it is time for … Continue reading

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HDD Salvage: ST380011A, ST3160815AS, ST3250310AS, WD5000AAKX & HDP725025GLA380

Often paying a visit to a friend can end up becoming a salvage operation. In this case, on my visit, I was informed that there was a stack of hard drives that are surplus to needs and would be disposed. … Continue reading

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Field-Day Mysteries: Hexin 2108E Serial Device Server, CPU86 ROMs & Conner CP-3040 SCSI HDD

My recent trip to the CCARC Field Day at Wyong resulted in the purchase of a stack of random bits and pieces. The fun is, as expected, sorting through the stuff in detail, learning about it in the process and … Continue reading

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