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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Project: “Generic” ZM-4 AT89C2051 4-Digit 7-Segment LED Clock Kit

Feeling a little bored and deflated one evening, I decided to open up my drawer of stuff to grab a kit out of there to cheer me up. After all, kit builds have always been rather therapeutic for me – … Continue reading

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Project: Generic 16-Tones Electronic Music Box Kit

Around a year ago, I went on a shopping spree for kits and ended up with a stash of them which I would attempt in my spare time. Chinese kits have all the fun of being relatively inexpensive, but also … Continue reading

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Failed, Teardown: Cowin E7 Pro Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

It looks like I haven’t been entirely fortunate with Cowin products. After the HE5A failed, I reverted to using the E7 Pro for my day-to-day commuting needs. Just this week, the E7 Pro failed as well, which doesn’t do much … 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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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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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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Review: ADATA Ultimate SU650 480GB 3D NAND SSD (ASU650SS-480GT-R)

Solid state drive (SSD) pricing has taken a pummelling over the last few months with a global flash oversupply. There has rarely been a better time to buy an SSD, especially when considering that many online stores have discount codes … Continue reading

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Quick Review: LG 27UD59-B 27″ UHD 4K IPS LED Monitor with Freesync

Around last Christmas, I built myself a new workstation that bought me from a Phenom II X6 1090T (2010) up to a Ryzen 7 1700 (2017). Amongst the things I did not upgrade, that caused the most consternation was my … Continue reading

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Random: Crap Cables, USB Charger Repair, USB “Condom” & Win10 October Update

At last! Another random post … code-word for “frustrations of the past few weeks that don’t quite deserve their own posting”. This time, it’s crap cables (again), repairing a problematic USB charger, building my own USB “condom” and being subject … 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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Review, Teardown: Alcatroz Airmouse Duo2 Wireless Mouse

Being increasingly reliant on mobile devices to get some level of work done, I had a sudden need for another Bluetooth-capable mouse. While the Logitech M337 continues to serve me well with its rather unusual colour scheme, I was looking … 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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Quick Review: Strontium Nitro 16Gb Class 10 UHS-I MicroSDHC Card

If you like to tinker with single-board computers, then you probably have a bunch of Raspberry Pi (or equivalent) boards all needing a microSD card to boot from. Often, for simple projects, the card doesn’t have to be anything too … 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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Tested: MINI-360 (MP2307-based) “3A” Buck Converter Module

As mentioned in my earlier Canton-Power buck-boost module review, voltages from batteries are rarely exactly the voltages you need to safely and reliably power your electronic creations. While that converter was rather acceptable, the efficiency wasn’t exactly stellar. In the … Continue reading

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Tested: Canton-Power DDO603SA 3.3V Buck-Boost Converter Module

If you like to experiment with electronics, sooner-or-later you’re going to build something you’d like to use in a portable way, perhaps running off batteries. While things that run off 5V are easy to cater for, as USB is ubiquitous, … Continue reading

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Project: Generic Electronic 57 LED Hourglass Kit (TJ-56-205)

I couldn’t help myself, so once I finish one kit, it’s often straight onto another. This kit was sold as an electronic LED hourglass and was a little more expensive at AU$3.07 including postage. Compared to local suppliers, this is … Continue reading

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