Category Archives: Computing

RoadTest Review: Harting MICA CISS Complete IIoT Starter Kit

I’ve kept myself quite busy every weekend – be it roaming about visiting Vivid Sydney, the new Sydney Metro North-West or tackling my triple-concurrent RoadTest review load. This week, I’m proud to announce delivery of my second review – that … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Western Digital My Book 10TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Being the thrifty person that I am, when I saw news online of a Western Digital My Book 10Tb external hard drive being sold for just under AU$250 delivered from Amazon, I couldn’t pass up the offer. It was a … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Generic HDMI Cheater Dummy Plug (4K UHD)

Having recently upgraded to a GTX 1070 Ti graphics card to keep up with my dual 4K monitor configuration, I came across an issue that plagues many Nvidia chipset users – namely that of what happens when you power off … Continue reading

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RoadTest: IDT SDAWIR03 Wireless Flow Rate, Humidity & Temperature Sensing Evaluation Kit

It’s been relatively quiet recently on the blog as I’ve been absolutely inundated with things to do, both from work and my own hobby interests. Recently, I was fortunate enough to be awarded a rare opportunity to run three parallel … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Visited: Central Coast Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) Wyong Field Day (24 Feb 2019)

Buzz … buzz … buzz. It’s 4am on a Sunday and my wristband alarm goes off. On any other week, that would be rather abnormal and I’d plop right back to sleep. But today, instead, I leapt out of bed … Continue reading

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Teardown, Test: WebExcel 56k Voice/Fax/Data External Modem

A few weeks back, I was fortunate enough to receive a donation of various technology items from a reader of the blog. The donor had quite a lot of equipment, so I picked a few items I thought I could … Continue reading

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Can’t Copy that Floppy? KryoFlux Can! feat. Unistat V4.53

It’s not often that we see floppy disks around nowadays, but this week proved to be an exception with a donation of a paper envelope of disks, but not just any disks. The Troublemaker: Unistat V4.53 In this case, it … Continue reading

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Tested: Generic “Sintechi” FC1307A-based SD to IDE Adapter (SD35VC0)

If you’re the type to have a few older “semi-retro” computers lying about, you’ve probably got a few old interfaces that are becoming difficult to use. For floppy drives, there are USB-floppy emulators, for PCI you can potentially fit a … Continue reading

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Quick Teardown: Mini VGA2HDMI Converter

With my recent upgrade to 4K monitors, I’ve come to realise that VGA has (at long last) become obsolete. There are no analog interfaces at all on my new monitors – so how am I going to connect my vintage … Continue reading

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Weekend Project: MMA8451Q Accelerometer as a Microphone?

Last weekend was the Australia Day long weekend, so aside from chasing Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts and posting radiofax galleries, I also decided to build something I thought was rather interesting. In the past, I remember vaguely seeing articles about how … Continue reading

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Quick Tip: Use kiwirecorder.py to Automate Recordings & Evade Inactivity Time-Outs

If you’re like me and only recently discovered the beauty of KiwiSDR, you might have encountered a few niggles with monitoring transmissions over longer periods in the form of time-outs. One of the more annoying time-outs is the inactivity time-out … Continue reading

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Quick Teardown, Pairing: J.Burrows Wireless 2.4Ghz USB Keyboard & Mouse Combo

Earlier today, my Dad requested some assistance with his J.Burrows Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo that was purchased from Officeworks. It was a rather low-cost set, not one I would have chosen myself, but after the batteries in the keyboard … Continue reading

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Radio: RadioFax/HF Fax Reception on KiwiSDR with kiwifax.py

If you’ve seen my most recent post with the gallery of JJC Kyodo News HF faxes, you’re probably aware that I quite like receiving such signals off the air. I’ve scoured the Worldwide Marine Radiofacsimile Broadcast Schedules document from US … Continue reading

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Repair: SteelSeries Sensei “Pro Gaming” Laser Mouse (62150)

I’ve always been partial to laser mice and high-DPI sensors ever since I bought a second-hand Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse. When my MX1000 gave in due to battery failure and corroding battery charge contacts, I went to the Mionix … Continue reading

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Troubleshoot, Repair: TP-Link UE300 USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter

Whenever I drop in to see some of my old friends, it’s almost inevitable that there would be some computer problems that need solving. This time around it was no exception. With this being the season for new researchers starting … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Diamond SM56LE-PCT V.92 56k Internal PCI Modem (I56PSP-F40)

A while back, I posted an article with what I termed the “definitive” collection of V.90 modem sounds. If you’re not familiar with it already, the characteristic sound that V.90 modems emit when they are attempting a “high speed” connection … Continue reading

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Salvage: Techway Endeavour II Computer (Part 2)

At last, it is time for the second part of the Techway Endeavour II salvage blogs. The previous post detailed the computer, its contents and its significance. This post looks at getting it running as best as I can. Testing … Continue reading

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WebSDRs: The Urban SWL’s Dream, a DXers’ Tool, & the End of DXpeditions?

Recently, I have been getting back into some shortwave listening and utility monitoring, but not quite in the conventional sense. I still have my own local conventional radio, SDR and loop antenna. But now, I also have the power of … Continue reading

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Random: Happy New Year (2019) – Reflections, ABC/TBS Satellite Feed & Other Stuff

Happy New Year everyone! No, it’s not deja vu, we’re in 2019 … despite the blunder that occurred in Sydney’s NYE celebrations. Now that 2019 has arrived, it’s time to reflect on the year that passed and look at the … Continue reading

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Salvage: Techway Endeavour II Computer (Part 1)

Oh wow. A large package, wrapped in “fragile” tape with a load of stamps and a mention of “heavy parcel”. I wonder what that might be? A Christmas present? Indeed. The Story of the Parcel I went in to visit … Continue reading

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Service Call: Samsung HD204UI 2TB SpinPoint F4EG Hard Drive in Trouble

The holiday season is a great time to relax and take some time off. That is, until something goes wrong and then you have to attend to it. This was one of those situations where potentially, things could have gone … Continue reading

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