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"The Australia Tax" on electronics...

07 June 2017 - 11:08 AM

So for the first time in probably 10 years, I'm excited about buying something.

Everything else has been 'Needed' or 'Sort of fun' or I've purchased the one that "Is good enough, but not the best" to save some money.


Now, the TCL KeyOne is about to be released here.



It's a thing of dreams. Every review is positive, every user is happy, and best of all, it's selling out everywhere it's been released, it's THAT popular.

Finally, less ' boring glass slabs'.

It's taking all of my will not to rant, and jump in joy about something actually innovative again.


Anyway; my soul sunk a little when I heard the price point is going to be $899 at JbHiFi (likely the only retailer).

Direct currency conversion should have had it about $720; and everyone was expecting "The Australia Tax" to take that to $799.


But..... $899.  I mean, maybe they just know their audience, because I'll be lined up on launch day to buy one even if it was $2k, but it still feels like a slap in the face.


Is it a wholesaler problem?

Retailer gouging?


Who's to blame for this constant over-pricing of devices here?

Fingerprint sensors; Secure?

24 May 2017 - 01:08 PM

Just a quick one.


I've read lots of articles, some are from paranoid people who claim that "If you store your fingerprint, now "THEY" have it!


Others, seem to claim that no fingerprint is stored.

And that it is in fact a metric that looks for POINTS on a fingerprint.

These points can be used to confirm the fingerprint is the same as the stored one, but couldn't be used to reconstruct a "fake fingerprint"


As I am a little paranoid, I'd prefer not to have a full scan of my fingerprints anywhere that could be 'hacked' or compromised, so I'm curious.

RaspberryPi3 Power droop fix.

23 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

OK, so the newest RaspberryPi3 needs 2.5A from a USB port, and is rated up to 5.25V.

I can easily get some 12V supplies, then run them to an RC UBEC 5.1V by Turnigy, they'll do 3A easily.

However, I've been using my Pi on a 2.3A supply for a few days now, with no lockups.

I do however, get the little lightning bolt at the top of the screen warning me my supply is drooping below 4.5V

This, however, is NOT constant, it only happens while in the Kodi menu, when playing video, it never droops the voltage.


So I just had an idea......


You can power a RaspberryPi via it's "Pins" (people call them GPIO, but they're the 6 that aren't).

If I was to whack a super-capacitor on pins 2 and 6, the power and ground pins, this might eliminate the momentary sag.


Experimenting is what these little PC's are all about, so I'm going to try it.

But any thoughts?


I can get a 1F 5.5VDC Super Capacitor for $6.

I might try this trick with a NORMAL capacitor first and see if that's enough.

Can I stomp on neighbours wifi?

23 May 2017 - 10:09 AM

I remember back in the day, there were a LOT of devices that, when set to 40mhz just stomped all over the spectrum and stopped being 'polite' to other overlapping wifi.


My neighbours think im up to something for asking them, or are too IT illiterate to know how to turn down their wifi db.

So I've decided screw it, I wonder if DDWRT can be forced to be "impolite" to other networks.

I'll then turn mine down to be as polite as possible (I find 75% strength only JUST reaches my property boarder), but I dont want their overlapping wifi making my AP 'pause' for them.



Anyone WannaCry?

16 May 2017 - 09:40 AM

Lucky for me, nothing in my organization yet. But we're counting the minutes, lol.

Gotta love EternalBlue eh? It was a beast of a piece of software, I'm both horrified and somewhat intrigued someone 'weaponized' it.


for anyone interested, the best analysis I've found so far is here:





Oh, PS. If anyone has a copy of flypaper I can't find a working link anywhere!