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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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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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Netflix Uses My VHS Cassette Images Without Permission

Update: Matter fully resolved. Case closed! Updates at the end of article. Maybe you’re aware of Netflix, maybe you even have a subscription for their services. You might have also heard of or watched a series called Stranger Things, produced … Continue reading

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Opinion: The Difficulty Behind a “Simple” Recommendation

I suppose now that I do have my PhD, it’s time for me to wax lyrical about some of my thoughts and opinions. In this posting, I’ll be addressing the difficulty behind a “simple” recommendation – because everyone has time … Continue reading

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Failing: Sandisk Ultra microSDXC 128Gb (Class 10, UHS-I, Up to 80MB/s)

The new year just keeps getting better. Sure, the battery in the phone is failing, but the microSDXC card as well?! The Culprit The culprit was a Sandisk Ultra microSDXC card of 128Gb capacity, Class 10, UHS-I rated up to … Continue reading

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Wireless Card Whitelists: Failed Attempt at a HP Pavillion dm1-4108AU

After successfully bypassing the whitelist in my Probook 4525s with the help of Dragy, I felt that it was probably worth trying the same technique on my other whitelisted HP, a Pavillion dm1-4108AU. While other pre-patched BIOS for certain dm1s … Continue reading

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Wireless Card Whitelists: Breaking the HP Probook 4525s Whitelist

Around two years ago, I posted this article decrying the whole situation where several laptop manufacturers have imposed artificial restrictions in the BIOS firmware against replacement of wireless cards (and other hardware) with other physically compatible units from other sources, … Continue reading

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GearBest: Counterfeit Item, Uncooperative Staff, PayPal Dispute Needed

With the constant influx of innovative, new, low-cost and high quality from lesser known Chinese manufacturers, a constant battle is to find a source of these products with a good price from someone that you can trust. Online marketplaces are … Continue reading

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Power Outage 30th Jan 2016: Severe weather batters Sydney

The words global warming and climate change are often said too quickly when it comes to the short term phenomena known as weather. The past fortnight, however, has been one of extremes in Sydney. Many days start off nice and … Continue reading

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Pingdom Free Accounts: Changes to provide best services to paid users

Readers to my website who have stuck around for a while have probably understood that keeping this site online has not always been an easy task with downtime being a frequent consequence of the shared hosting provider especially in the … Continue reading

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Friday 13th November 2015: The Night the Power Went Out

Friday the 13th, commonly known as Black Friday, is believed to bring bad luck. While I’m not a superstitious person, and I don’t believe in a fear of the number 13, it seems that something was special about this Friday. … Continue reading

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Teardown: Airis Photostar N702D 3.2MP Digital Camera

People often donate old and unwanted gear to me, in the hopes that I have some use for it, or I can have some use for it – whether that means taking it apart, or writing a blog about it. … Continue reading

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Site Update: Major Downtime at 29/07/2015 1044UTC – Cause: GoDaddy

I was going to spend some time in the evening (here in Sydney, Australia) doing some blogging when, to my surprise, I got an e-mail from my uptime monitor saying I had been downed for over 20 minutes. The downtime … Continue reading

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DIY: Vertical Blind Hanger Repair

Rats! Don’t you just hate it when the hangers that hold your vertical blind strips suddenly fail, leaving you with a gaping hole in your blinds?! I certainly do. The plastic that the hangers are made of don’t seem particularly … Continue reading

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Uncovered: Fake Xiaomi (Mi) Fitness Tracker & Replacement Bands

After a few months of wearing my Mi Fitness Tracker, the first sign of weakness started to appear. The design of the wristband has a thin edge which “slots in” to a channel in the body of the fitness tracker … Continue reading

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Rand: SSD Dying (or not?), Ankle CT, iMac Temp Sensor Hack, Fake Batteries, More Opal, etc.

It’s been a while since the last random post, so here comes another, which is jam packed with carefully curated observations and events that have occurred since the last posting. Gough’s “almost” heart-attack Before anyone gets too scared, no, this … Continue reading

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Random: Site Stuff, LG D686 Fail, Shellshock, Transport Stuff, etc.

It’s been a few weeks since my last random post, and many things have happened in the tech world. Unfortunately, because of the amount of work that I’ve had to do, I haven’t been able to take a break to … Continue reading

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Marketing Confusion: Wireless 802.11ac Data Rates Explained

For people who have looked at upgrading their network to 802.11ac, no doubt you have been perplexed by the wide range of physical layer rates advertised. Before, in the 802.11b and g era, all cards operated at just one rate … Continue reading

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Laptop Wireless Card Whitelists: An upgrade nightmare

What if I told you that an Intel 7260 dual-band dual-stream (marketing value 1200Mbit/s) 802.11ac mPCIe card with Bluetooth 4.0 costs just $26.50 including shipping and with just 5 to 15 minutes of your own work, you should be able … Continue reading

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RMA with Digital World International (DWI) – A Fruitless Endeavour

Some time in late March, my AudioTechnica ANC9 active noise-cancelling headphones decided to fail on me. Well within its 12-month warranty, purchased 15th October 2013 from DWI, I decided to return it to RMA after a while fumbling for the … Continue reading

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More Trouble at Home: Roof Leaks

For a tech blog, it’s been a little bit random as of late. Unfortunately, trouble often comes all at once. After the root was excavated and the pipe was repaired – that wasn’t the end of the story just yet. … Continue reading

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Mysteriously Lost Photos – What Happened?

It hasn’t been a good day for me today. Just this morning, a plastic loading wiper in the Syquest drive broke, and it was a fortuitous event that gave me the opportunity to photograph the insides of the drive while … Continue reading

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The Good with the Bad: Kogan Mobile SIMs delayed again!

In one of my previous posts about Kogan Mobile, I presented a generally favourable view of Kogan Mobile aside from the delays and lost SIMs, issues with number porting and generally encouraged those who would want to try them to … Continue reading

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Smartphone and Tablet Apps: A marketing wasteland

Funnily enough, this post is prompted by a rather innocent thing – a fillet o’ fish burger from the well-recognized big M. Looks ordinary at first glance, but wait a minute – something’s different: With this “pattern”, and an app, … Continue reading

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Workstation Bi-Annual Dusting

Computers … you gotta take care of them like you take care of babies. It used to be a “monthly” defragging, regular “weekly” updating, and about every 6-months, you’d give them a dusting. Many people don’t seem to care until … Continue reading

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Screwdrivers – Cheap ones aren’t always good enough

Anyone who does a lot of repairing, inspecting and testing of things is bound to need a good toolset. Part of this might be a few special screwdrivers – not your average Philips head or flat-head, but the likes of … Continue reading

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Aftermarket GPS units for Geotagging on Nikon Cameras

Geotagging is quite a nifty feature which has reached prominence as of late. The idea that your photos can have their location (and even heading) tagged into their EXIF data means that you’ll never “forget” where you took a particular … Continue reading

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Opinion: Freeview Digital TV in Australia

To all my readers: Happy (or not) New Year Yep, it’s 2013 already. And what am I doing … well … you’ll probably see it soon enough. But for now, my opinion on the state of Digital TV in Australia. … Continue reading

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Digital Photo Frames – why they never really took off …

About five years back, digital photo frames were new on the market and there was much hope that it would be a decent way to show off one’s photo collection. Sadly, they haven’t taken off as predicted, and I would … Continue reading

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RS Components – they just can’t get it right!

Okay, so when I started this blog, I was pretty irate at RS. They took forever with the Pi, and when it came, it was dead and needed to be baked. While that has improved things, I’m not yet convinced … Continue reading

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