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Review, Teardown & Test: Portable USB 18650 Li-Ion Rechargeable Fans (x3)

It’s summer in Australia and this one is another scorcher! Our summers do get somewhat hot, but not usually this hot. Data from my own weather station in my backyard shows that the temperature over the period from Christmas Eve … 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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Analysis: Freeview TV Services in Sydney, Australia (27th December 2018)

It’s been a while since my last analysis of the Freeview services on air in Sydney – in fact, the last time I did it was after SBS moved to MPEG-4 for its HD services back in 18th April 2017. … 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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Random: Kogan vs Catch Connect LTE Speed, Crap CAT5e, Unboxing RPi3B+

It’s been a while since I wrote my last “random” post, so I thought it was about time to put up another. After all, sometimes there are just some observations that don’t quite warrant their own posting but are still … Continue reading

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Not So Smart: TP-Link TL-SG105E V3.0 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch

I’ve made a few mentions about VLANs in the recent past as it’s something that I find quite useful along with virtual APs with managing an ever-increasingly-complex home network. But as some more “basic” edge equipment may not be able … Continue reading

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Analysis: DVB-T2 Australian Television Networks Test Transmission

As I’ve been quite busy lately with work and job hunting, I really haven’t had much time to watch TV or look at the signals on the air. In fact, I’ve not had enough time even to look at Twitter, … Continue reading

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Analysis: Mains Power Quality – Voltage, Frequency & Crest Factor (10-19 May 2018)

A little more than two weeks ago, I was sitting at home in front of my computer going about my business as usual, when suddenly … the lights flicker, everything around me made an intermittent 50Hz buzz like morse code … Continue reading

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Analysis: Optus Fetch Mighty DVR Hard Drive

Walking around the neighbourhood one day, I come across a pile of discarded technology. Another salvage opportunity. I’m so excited … and I just can’t hide it! In the pile of junk, I find an Optus Fetch Mighty DVR. It … Continue reading

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Random: 3M Views, Birthday Analysis and Taronga Zoo

“It’s been a while since I last posted.” “A lot has happened since my last posting …” It’s unfortunate, but I’m afraid that this might be the way I start most of my posts in the future. Life has become … Continue reading

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Moments to Disaster: Hard Drive Failure & SMART Data

While I was away on holiday, blissfully enjoying my time outdoors, I wasn’t aware that a disaster was brewing at home. I got a message from my brother that his machine had started making a clicking noise, and it was … Continue reading

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USB Connector Resistance: Another reason for slow phone/tablet charging

It was back in 2014 when I first published about USB cable resistance as one reason why your phone or tablet might be charging slowly. At the time, quality cables with good gauge wires were hard to find, and many … Continue reading

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Analysis: ‘TWICE – Likey’ Music Video

After a long 80-days overseas travelling in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong, I’m back. In one piece too … although initially sans my luggage, but that’s since been resolved. Phew. However, things are not back to normal here, at least … Continue reading

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Tested: “Compatible” Nikon EN-EL14 Batteries vs Genuine

Amongst the published articles on the site, it seems there is a fair amount of interest in the ones dealing with “compatible” and “fake” camera accessories, specifically Nikon EN-EL14 and EN-EL14a batteries. Having just recently returned from my first extended … Continue reading

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Analysis: Freeview Sydney (18 April 2017) after SBS moves to HD MPEG-4

While I was on holidays, the DVB-T digital TV stations at home were undergoing the last of a series of long-anticipated changes. On 8th April 2017, SBS followed the lead of the other broadcasters and finally converted over to MPEG-4 … Continue reading

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Opinion: The “Running Man” Saga & Viewer Ratings

This was a post I had meant to write before I left for my holidays, but never got around to it. Avid watchers of Korean TV would know that SBS’ Running Man show was embroiled in a saga where the … Continue reading

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Random: Birthday, Reflections, Taronga, CeBIT & the Kitchen Sink

#include <stdio.h> int main (void) { printf(“Hello World!”); return(0); } It’s been quiet. Too quiet. Sorry for that. While I did say I was going on holidays and would be on a hiatus, I didn’t expect it to be a … Continue reading

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Happy New Year: Sydney Fireworks Broadcast Side-by-Side Comparison

Happy New Year! Lets start this year off by taking a look at the new year’s eve fireworks broadcast. This year, just like last year, the televised transmission of the Sydney Harbour new year’s eve fireworks was done by the … Continue reading

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Canb2016: Part 6 – DAB+, DVB-T, FM Broadcast & Other Radio Scanning

It’s been a busy day of analysis to bring this part of my Canberra trip to a posting, but I suppose, it’s probably good that I’ve done the analysis before the data got too stale. In this post, I will … Continue reading

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Analysis: Freeview Sydney Post-Launch of ABC HD (6-7th Dec 2016)

Yesterday marked the launch of ABC HD, which finally means that Sydney Freeview gets each broadcasters’ main stations in high definition at long last. (EDIT: Actually, not quite true, as 7HD Sydney is still a simulcast of 7mate.) According to … Continue reading

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Video Compression: x264 CRF Generational Loss Testing

Having been involved in some way with video capture and editing from the late 90’s onwards, something we have always been taught is to avoid lossy formats for capture and editing due to the problem of generational loss. Put simply, … Continue reading

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Experiment: WD Green Data Recovery – Recovered Data vs Time?

Two weeks ago, a “friend” of mine turned up with an external hard drive which was declared dead and wanted to see what could be done about recovering the data from it. Naturally, as no novice when it comes to … Continue reading

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Video Codec Tests: x264 CRF vs enc_qsv CQ vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

After my earlier attempt to do some codec comparisons, I realized that something went grossly wrong with the “difficult case” clip. Specifically, it was an interlaced video clip which I wanted to use, and I naturally assumed that interlaced encoding … Continue reading

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Post-Mortem: Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter (A1344)

Unlike most of my other posts which are relatively straightforward, this post has a little story behind it. In March, Matson of Chicago, Illinois, USA contacted me about his “dead” Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter and wondered if I’d be … Continue reading

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Video Compression Testing: x264 vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

Having played around with video since I had a few multimedia CD-ROMs and a BT878-based TV tuner card, video compression is one area that has amazed me. I watched as early “simple” compression efforts such as Cinepak and Indeo bought … Continue reading

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Failed: Click LTMR5W3K 5W LED MR16-Replacement Globe

Throughout LED lighting’s journey towards mainstream adoption, several generations of end-user retrofit globes have been produced by many companies in a wide variety of configurations for simple “plug and play” upgrades. Unfortunately, these globes were not always of the quality … 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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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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Freeview Update: Analysis of Network TEN’s Multiplex after launch of TEN HD

Today, Wednesday 2nd March, marks the launch of TEN HD’s service, promised to us at 3pm AEDST. They have a press release and a list of FAQs which includes a free call helpline (1800 783 117) for more information. Sadly, … Continue reading

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Freeview Update: Channel 7’s Multiplex after the launch of 7flix

Today marks the official launch of 7flix, Channel 7’s new movie-oriented channel. Since the channel is now running actual content, the configuration of the encoders should have reached their “production ready” state, so lets see where the chips have landed. … Continue reading

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