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Project: ADSB-pi Mark 2 with dump1090, hostapd, dnsmasq & text logging

This is one of the things that I’ve done a long while ago, but never had the time or inclination to actually put together a post. You might remember the first iteration of the ADSB-pi back in 2013, which was … Continue reading

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Project: Recovery from Logically Damaged Comsol 8GB USB Key

Late last month, I was contacted by a fellow reader of the blog with a sob story about his Comsol 8GB USB flash drive. Unfortunately, his one had failed in a way rendering the data inaccessible. He also claimed to … Continue reading

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Reverse Eng Pt 2: Watts Clever Easy-Off w/SMART Box (ES-AUS1103)

Continuing on from my last post about the Watts Clever Easy-Off Sockets with Smart Box, there were a few things still bugging me in the back of my head. After all, they do advertise that their other system has >1 … Continue reading

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Project FAX is now online!

I suppose readers by now would know that I do love old technology in general, and watching the slow demise of voiceband modems has led me to conceive of a small project I would like to call Project FAX. The … Continue reading

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Radio: Monitoring the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on HF Radio

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event, starting on Boxing Day (26th December), racing a distance of around 1170km from Sydney, NSW to Hobart, TAS, Australia. This race is considered one of the most difficult yacht races … Continue reading

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Project Adverpising: A Wi-Fi Beacon with Raspberry Pi

Privacy is a major issue, especially as we continue to gear-up and carry various wireless devices which emit signals which can be used to track our movements, be it just a smartphone with Wi-Fi turned on, probing for access points … Continue reading

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Project: Raspberry Pi Door Sign in Under an Hour!

A while back, I wasn’t happy that I was constantly getting interrupted while working or sleeping in my room, so I decided to solve that. Grabbing some parts I had lying about, I decided to make a wireless network-connected door … Continue reading

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Teardown: Osram St151 4-22W Series Glow Starter

If you thought I had said everything I needed to say about starters back in my glow lamp article, you were wrong! When visiting a local hardware store, I came across a different type of starter, known as a series … Continue reading

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Project: A Fluorescent Starter Based Glow Lamp

This week marks the official opening of the Vivid Sydney outdoor light show for 2015. Sadly, the weather is absolutely horrible today, with scattered heavy showers all over Sydney meaning it’s another “stay at home” day. This got me thinking … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday: Facebook Post Experiment & SSH Honeypot

Another birthday, and it’s a reminder that yet another year has passed. Time seems to pass by quickly, even when you do your best to make the most of every day without overloading yourself. That’s just how life is, I … Continue reading

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Project: Scanning Sydney’s DAB+ & FM Broadcasts

While on holiday in Hong Kong, I did some scanning of broadcast services over there and SydneyCityTV tipped me off that there were indeed slideshow services on DAB+ here in Sydney as well. It’s funny how we “get used to” … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Freetronics LeoStick (XC4266) Arduino Compatible Board

Just this week, I was gifted a Freetronics LeoStick from a colleague at the university, so I decided to take a look at it over the weekend. This particular unit seems to be distributed by Jaycar under catalogue number XC4266 … Continue reading

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Experiment: Satellite Hunting for Optus 10 (164 degrees East)

By now, I think it’s clear that I’ve got a bit of an interest in electronics and most things RF related. As a result, I spend a bit of time trying to grab signals of various sorts, be it regular … Continue reading

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Project: Audio Induction Loop Receiver (Part 3: More Sydney Trains)

In the previous part, I had began a small project to collect samples of digital voice announcements from Sydney Trains Millenium and Warratah sets. In fact, I had continued to collect more samples just out of my own interest, but … Continue reading

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Project: Audio Induction Loop Receiver (Part 2: Sydney Trains DVA Collection)

In the last part, I decided to design and build myself an audio induction loop receiver. Part of this was just out of pure curiosity as to what sort of signals exist in the electromagnetic spectrum at audio frequencies, but … Continue reading

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Project: Audio Induction Loop Receiver (Part 1)

In daily life, you might have come across signs like this, with a picture of an ear, and the letter T on them. Maybe you didn’t think any more about them, as an average person with perfectly good hearing – … Continue reading

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Project: 20th Anniversary Pentium G3258 – Part 2: Overclocking & Benching

As an engineer, I get excited whenever I have any form of optimization to perform. Overclocking is a kind of optimization, depending on how you do it – in this case it’s attempting to extract the maximum clock rate, with … Continue reading

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Project: 20th Anniversary Pentium G3258 – Part 1: The Nostalgia & the Parts

It’s not often in technology that something lasts a good 20 years, but it seems, the Pentium name is one of them. To celebrate this, Intel released a special Intel Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 in mid-2014 based on the … Continue reading

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Exploration: Improving Power Bank Ripple Performance

Those who have been following along in my power bank testing articles will note that the vast majority that I have looked at have hardly been impressive. Some things seem rather fixed – for example, the voltage regulation which is … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback (& Experiment): Fujifilm DLTtape IV Cartridge

Thanks to one of my friends at the university, while I was out of action due to my ankle, he managed to save me quite a few “old” things that were thrown out. One of them was this – a … Continue reading

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Project: Analyze Infrared Remote Signals with PiFace Control and Display

As part of being selected for the element14 RoadTest of the XBMC kit, I was also provided a PiFace Control and Display for some reviewing. As you can appreciate, it’s been very much busy on my end, and my inability … Continue reading

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My Last DSE Kit: The Story of How I Got into Electronics

Since I’ve started the blog, the majority of my posts have always focused on the technical aspects of different products and items. But increasingly, I feel, it’s also valuable to provide a personal perspective to the posts, so I have … Continue reading

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Reverse-Engineering & Emulating the Kogan Active-Shutter 3D TV IR Protocol

In an earlier post, I looked at the provided active-shutter 3D glasses from Kogan and aftermarket compatible glasses which can be used with their TVs. A key sticking point of that article was that different TVs often use different synchronization … Continue reading

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Project: Read, Collect & Decode SD Card CSD Register Data

As a followup to yesterday’s post of collecting and decoding the Card Identification Register data from various SD cards, I couldn’t resist the challenge to try and decipher the Card Specific Data Register (CSD). Interestingly, I pored over datasheets for … Continue reading

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Teardown and Project: Clone Nikon ML-L3 IR Remote and Emulation

Users of Nikon cameras, including the D3200, have had several choices for remote triggering. The use of a wired remote is traditional, with infrared (IR) remotes being common accessories for many and Wi-Fi just becoming the latest craze. The Product … Continue reading

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Project: Building a DVB-T TV Tuner Server with mumudvb

Building yourself a TV tuner server is definitely not a new thing for me. In fact, I did this almost precisely one year ago with mumudvb. Since then, I have learnt a few bits of wisdom and needed to start … Continue reading

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Project: A long fogotten Syquest cartridge visits …

The Contact It’s always interesting when readers contact me. Most days, it’s just spam and companies who manufacture things in China wanting my business. But this was different. I received this genuine e-mail from Mark on 12th June which said … Continue reading

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Project: ADSBpi with dump1090

Just this week, I managed to pick up two Raspberry Pi Model B boards and Multicomp clear cases from element14. I already had something in mind for one of the two RPis – as an ADS-B server. If you aren’t … Continue reading

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Project: Arduino Clock with DVD Player LED Display

A while ago, an Aldi DVD player with a dead laser pickup landed on my desk. Not being economically worth repairing, it was to be scrapped anyhow. I found the front panel had a potted LED module – so I … Continue reading

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