Fake Nagoya antenna RB-400

by grogers on December 9, 2016

Beware of fake Nagoya antenna products! This obviously non-genuine product was sold by what I thought was an Australian eBay retailer, but in fact was drop-shipped from mainland China.

The seller refunded me within 15 minutes of my eBay complaint.

Fake RB-400


The national broadband network in Beechboro

by grogers on March 22, 2016

The construction of the National Broadband Network in Beechboro, WA is included in the larger Bassendean area build.

It has been changed from a Fibre to the Premises network that was supposed to have started work in July 2013 and be finished by July 2015 to a slower Fibre to the Node network (re)using the existing Telstra copper network.

Here is a photo gallery of the nbn Fibre to the Node build in Beechboro.

And here is a photo gallery of some of the above-ground Telstra network that nbn have used to provide broadband in Beechboro.



If the multi-technology mix NBN was a building program…

April 15, 2015

One day NBNCo paid ~$11bn for blocks of land with which to build. The blocks may have existing buildings on them or they might be completely vacant. For many blocks (the number and location are strictly commercially sensitive – NBNCo didn’t ask, and the seller didn’t feel obliged to tell), they don’t know what’s on […]

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Made in Australia?

June 12, 2013

Now this is something that you just don’t see printed on electronics any more – “Made in Australia”

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Hello, how can we not help you?

December 30, 2011

I’d like to relate my experience trying to upgrade from a Bigpond Turbo modem to one of the new 4G ones. I have to vent my frustration, it really was so bad. I call 13 7663 and say to the robot woman, “new modem” and confirm I’m calling from the phone connected to the account. […]

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Exim on Debian and frustrating authentication errors

March 22, 2011

You’ve set up a brand new Debian machine and installed the Exim MTA. Because this server is Internet-facing, you switched on the options to allow TLS with authentication so your users can securely relay mail from their phones and laptops. Your users also have local accounts on the server. Frustratingly, when users try and send […]

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Nokia: Let’s do the time warp again

May 31, 2010

All three of these phones are in Perth, Western Australia, are on the Telstra network and are set to automatically update their time from the network. The brand-new Nokia E52 in the middle is an hour ahead. How do you fix it?

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Old… but not broken

May 17, 2010

I’ve just rebuilt one of my home servers. The old one had one of these Arnet Multiport ISA serial cards in it for my packet radio modems. Full-length ISA, full-sized UART chips, shared IRQ serial ports, DIP switches… In other words, all the things that make me glad personal computing moved on past the 1990s. […]

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Spelling fail

May 4, 2010

I think these signwriters might need new spell checkers. Warrenty? Ballons? 🙂

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Special offer! (Everyone but you)

April 7, 2010

I’ve always been impressed with Amazon. They can find and post me almost any book ever published half-way across the world for a reasonable price within a few weeks. I’ve bought heaps of books from them and their service has always been excellent. As happy as I am, Amazon have one annoying flaw. It’s their […]

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