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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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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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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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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, 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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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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Tech Flashback: Colourful Memories – Floppies & RAM

In the early to mid 90s, computing was almost universally beige or some standard colour. The case, drives, monitors, speakers, keyboards, mice. Beige was the colour. Even removable media didn’t dare to stand out too much, coming in a set … 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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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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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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Note: Multiple VLAN Operation on Realtek RTL8111D NIC (& Others)

A while ago, I wrote about the wonders of having multiple VLANs at home, operating in a mixed “hybrid” access model. While it was great, I made a comment that simultaneous VLAN operation might not be possible under Windows depending … Continue reading

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Teardown: A Sick Cooler Master SickleFlow X 120mm Green LED Fan

It hasn’t even been a year since I built my new workstation and already, something seems to be amiss. Lately, it seems I haven’t been sleeping so well, because there seems to be an angry beast in my room. “Grrrrrrrrrr … Continue reading

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Tested: VLANs in the Home Through “Dumb” Switches

Being someone who has used consumer gear for a long time, I’ve always been rather frustrated at their inconsistent or general lack of support for VLANs. Long used in corporate networks, the VLAN concept can be extremely useful for realising … 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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Teardown: D-Link DGS-1005A 5-Port & TP-Link TL-SG1008D 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch

After bathing in nostalgia looking over my old switch and hub, it’s time to come clean – there’s a place for Fast Ethernet and that was a number of years ago. While some of the old equipment might still be … Continue reading

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Teardown: Iomega Zip 250 USB Drive, ATAPI Benchmarks & Defect Analysis

In the last post, I documented the haul of gear donated by a generous reader. In this post, I take the time to see if I can make things better, do some experiments on the Zip ecosystem and report on … Continue reading

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Tech Donation: Iomega Zip 250 USB Drive & Assorted Disks

Blogging seems to be like playing a game of catch-up … I’m always behind on posts. Around a month ago, a very generous reader happened to have some Zip 250 equipment that they were done with and wanted to send … Continue reading

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Teardown: Mikrotik hAP ac & hAP mini Routerboards

After my house move earlier this year, I was in a bit of a networking dilemma. As every self-confessed nerd knows – internet access is critical. I recently upgraded to a TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 access point at the other … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Ethernet Hubs & Switches (Netgear DS104 & Skymaster 8320-030)

Ethernet has been around for so many years that we hardly ever take the time to stop and think about it. We take it for granted that most desktop PCs come with Ethernet ports integrated on-board, Ethernet switches are cheap … Continue reading

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Note: Choosing 5Ghz Wi-Fi Channels for 802.11ac in AU

As society has moved towards ever smaller and more mobile devices, Wi-Fi has become an essential connectivity standard which we rely upon in our daily lives. It was initially made popular in the home by the availability of affordable, standardised … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: TP-Link Archer T2UHP AC600 High Power USB Adapter

I had looked at a relatively cheap dual-band 802.11ac dual-stream USB Wi-Fi adapter recently and it seemed that the pain of single-band Wi-Fi solutions may be soon coming to an end. Unfortunately, that adapter did have some design quirks and … Continue reading

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