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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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Project: DSE K4309 Daytime Running Lights for Cars Kit (SC 8/99)

When it comes to good things, they say moderation is best. Don’t eat all your candy at once, or so they say, but instead I’m diving right in for a Dick Smith Electronics kit overdose. This is kit four of … Continue reading

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Project: DSE K7120 Thermocouple Adaptor for DMMs Kit (SC 12/98)

The trip down memory lane continues with the second Dick Smith Electronics boxed kit that I purchased from the CCARC Wyong Field Day. You could say, I’m on a roll when it comes to these kits … The Kit This … Continue reading

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Project: DSE K5408 Two-Channel Audio Camcorder Mixer Kit

A while back, I stumbled across a number of old Dick Smith kits being sold at the CCARC Wyong Field Day. I promised the seller that I would build the kits (eventually) and they might even make it onto the … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The CD+Graphics Format (CD+G)

I think by now, everyone knows I like to go on a salvage. This includes going regularly into thrift shops to see what’s new (or old) and what could be had for a reasonable price. This week had been rather … 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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Tech Flashback: Anchor Automation Volksmodem 12

This weekend is turning out to be a bit of a telephony weekend, as I unpack more items from the stack of items donated by readers of the blog. This one is something I’m particularly fond of – the Anchor … Continue reading

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Teardown: Bosch DS835 TriTech PIR/Microwave Motion Detector

One of the things I bought home from the recent Wyong Field Day was a Bosch DS835 TriTech motion detector. While the box was beat-up, the unit inside looked clean and the seller wanted just $5 for it, so I … Continue reading

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After the Beep: DSE F-8011 & ion by Telstra Digital Answering Machines

The humble voice call by telephone has been with us for many years, but with the popularity of land-lines fading, it seems that the traditional voice call may be headed towards obscurity. As a synchronous communication, it requires both caller … Continue reading

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Field-Day Mysteries: Hexin 2108E Serial Device Server, CPU86 ROMs & Conner CP-3040 SCSI HDD

My recent trip to the CCARC Field Day at Wyong resulted in the purchase of a stack of random bits and pieces. The fun is, as expected, sorting through the stuff in detail, learning about it in the process and … 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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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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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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Tech Flashback: KDS Converter/Measure/Calculator 5m (YS-5010ME)

There was a time in the not too distant past when, in order for something to be cool, it had to be electronic. Often this meant attaching an electronic clock or calculator to the side of the device for an … 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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Teardown: Eveready General Purpose (No. 909) 6V Carbon-Zinc Lantern Battery

While going around the house looking for things to bin, I came across an old broken “dolphin-style” torch with missing parts. Of the parts that remained, the metal had oxidised and fatigued so much that the contacts to the switch … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Landline Sounds & Telephone Teardowns

I’ve always been interesting in telephones and networks, but I’ve never really thought of becoming a telephone collector. Rather unexpectedly, through a process of not-throwing-things-out (it’s not hoarding, I swear!), I now have a few phones but not much to … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Radio Scanning (feat. Uniden UBC93XLT, DSE DTS-96, Icom IC-R20)

Towards my later high-school years, in the mid-2000s, armed with a small amount of money, I picked up the hobby of radio scanning. As a person who was curious by nature and had built a number of FM radio microphone … 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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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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Failed: Okuma CNC Lathe Control IPL 3.5″ Floppy Data Recovery

In mid-January this year, a reader contacted me regarding their set of control floppies for an Okuma CNC lathe. Owing to the age of the equipment, the control program is loaded into volatile SRAM, backed-up by a battery. Every five … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Telecom Australia 600-series Adapters & Extensions

In the present day where landlines are a dying breed and mobile telecommunications has become ubiquitous, the beige-cream coloured Telecom Australia 600-series socket remains a common sight in Australian households. While I have no idea when the 600-series socket came … 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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Tech Flashback: External IDE HDD – USB 2.0 vs Firewire 400 (IEEE 1394)

When I originally decided to repair the power supply for the Cooler Master Xcraft external enclosure, my first thought was just to do it because of the sheer utility value of having such an enclosure around. But then I realized, … Continue reading

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US Fax Test Services: HP, Brother and Canon

The death of voiceband modem communications is slowly but surely happening. I started Project Fax in recognition of this, as a way to remember one of the technologies, but sadly from the few faxes I have received, it seems I … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 6 – Old I/O Boards & Fluorescent Starters

It’s new year’s eve, and I’m back with the last part of the salvage season posts. Just as well, since salvage season is coming to an end as the year is coming to an end. This post looks at some … Continue reading

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