Category: Technology

Technologies I find significant, good or bad.

Restoring a Micromoog

December 13, 2010 Off

Some time back, I acquired a Micromoog analog, monophonic synth. These little beasts are a single oscillator synth, but include a sub-oscillator, 24dB/Oct filter, good modulation, ribbon pitch bend and CV interfacing. The clincher was one appeared cheap on Ebay advertised as requiring “Tender Loving Care”: the wooden base needed replacing, but that it did…

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Resurrecting a PowerMac G4

November 10, 2010 Off

A friend who has returned to studies, and therefore low on cash, had bought a second hand PowerMac G4 Mirror Drive Door model. After a good many years of service with the previous owner, and a year with him, the G4’s power supply died, as that model is inclined to do. Repairing the powersupply is…

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A History of Preferential Voting in Australia

August 16, 2010 Off

With the Australian federal election impending, once again it’s time to ignore the personality contest and concentrate on reviewing the policies of the various contenders in your electorate. Reading some of the news comments by non-Australians reveals little is known about preferential voting and it’s value to creating Australia’s stable political system. While this article…

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Panoramas

June 13, 2009 Off

I’ve been experimenting with panoramic photographs on and off for several years. I’ve now posted a set shot many years ago now, in NYC and India, using a Kiwi panoramic head and a Kodak DC240.

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Geekcorps Can TV

November 20, 2006 Off

The Geekcorps is a volunteer project to transfer technical knowledge into the third world, typically Africa. Courtesy of Jordan, they’ve updated the old trick of building unidirectional WiFi antennae out of Pringles cans into a method of supplying local video broadcasting, dubbed the CanTV.

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Who killed the electric car?

September 14, 2006 Off

The excellent weekly news program Dateline, on Australian SBS television has a cracker of a story about the U.S. car company General Motors killing the electric car. For a country like Australia with abundant daily sunshine, it’s a no-brainer. The follow up story on electronic rental bicycles in Lyon also resonates now that I’m enjoying…

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Bobcasting

February 4, 2006 Off

I’ve been following the press releases of Australian Greens Senator from Tasmania, Dr. Bob Brown for some time. I was delighted to find he is now podcasting, calling in on his mobile phone about his position on issues, called, appropriately enough, Bobcasting. You can find his links also on the iTunes podcast directory.

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The Thummer

December 26, 2005 Off

A project on which I worked for much of 2005 was The Thummer, an innovative musical keyboard which I’m very pleased to see has now reached public release. In particular, their video news release is well worth viewing.

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