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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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Repair: Hitachi CL-8320B Rechargeable Hair Clipper

From the same friend that bought around the broken soy-milk maker, I have a new repair challenge on my hands – a Hitachi CL-8320B Rechargeable Hair Clipper. The Item The unit was bought to me with its original box, which … Continue reading

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Project: DIY Weather Station & Displays

It’s summer in Sydney and we’re definitely feeling it. In the west, there are often strings of 32 degree Celsius or above days coupled with dangerous storm activity, so staying comfortable is not always easy even with the modern conveniences … Continue reading

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Repair: Mezzo ESM-008 Sewing Machine Power Jack Assembly

Sometimes, the best thing in life is not knowing what might happen next. After I repaired a washing machine using some rather funny trickery, this week, it was the sewing machine that needed attention. The particular sewing machine was a … Continue reading

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DIY: Wallplate Switch Mechanism Replacement & Teardown

The DIY category of posts was meant for me to post about the random odd-jobs around the house that might need to be done from time to time. As it turns out, there often aren’t that many jobs – sometimes … Continue reading

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Project: Paeansonic CF210SP CD9088+CD7642 AM/FM Radio Kit

It’s been a bit quiet around here lately – I’m just swamped with work, and it never quite goes away, but neither does the desire to do something for my own enrichment and enjoyment … and the desire to blog … Continue reading

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DIY: Build a 70cm Band Yagi for Amateur Satellite Tracking

It’s been a long time since I’ve chased any amateur satellites. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the time to chase them, and sadly, things have changed. In the seven years or so, satellites I once “knew” as … Continue reading

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Repair: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 Noise-Cancelling Headphone Ear Cushions

For someone who travels a lot on public transport, having a good set of noise cancelling headphones is indispensable for making the trip a lot more enjoyable and stress free. By shutting out the external noise with passive cancellation, and … Continue reading

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DIY: Adapting Out of Tricky Light-Bulb Situations

Being the resident electronically minded person in the house, I normally take charge of all the lighting in the house as well. Unfortunately, in the house we’re living in at the moment, some really oddball builder has decided to use … 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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Project: Caroma Slimline Dual-Flush Cistern Inlet Valve Replacement

The venerable flushing toilet. A miracle of engineering, a marvel that revolutionized sanitation and improved health of most living in developed areas. Yet, it is one of the things we least think about, that is, until it breaks. In a … Continue reading

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Keeping Old Machines Going – Adapt-ing to the times …

For retro-enthusiasts and hobbyists like myself, it can be difficult at times to keep old computers going. As the old AT form factor met its demise about a decade ago, parts for these machines can be hard to come by, … Continue reading

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No computer case? No worries!

A couple of times, I have had old computer parts turn up at my house, and nothing to build it in. Sure, you can leave it lying over a bench (and I’ve done that countless times), but when bench space … Continue reading

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Refurbishing unwanted laptops

Well, just today, a good friend of mine gave me an “unwanted” laptop that had served its time. In fact, it was this one – a Dell Inspiron 640m, based on the initial Centrino Duo platform (Intel T2300E 1.66Ghz dual … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Kaypro Keyboard – It’s still alive!

After writing my last post about my efforts to bring the Kaypro (donated to me) back to life – one thing still nagged me. Why was the keyboard dead? Was it really dead? It didn’t look dead … Seeing that … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Reviving the Kaypro 4

Just yesterday, the RJ10 phone cables arrived. I unpacked them, and they laid on the desk, staring at me. I decided to take the plunge – I decided to start the Kaypro 4. (For Physical details, see my last post … Continue reading

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Operation Bake Raspberry Pi

Originally having given up on my Raspberry Pi from RS, a very helpful post from Dilligaf at the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Forums gave me this advice: If you’ve given up on the warranty you could always try baking it in … Continue reading

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