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My R-core transformer arrived!

February 8th, 2018
R-Core transformers ... are they worth?

After waiting for a month+ , my R-core transformer finally arrivedĀ  šŸ™‚ It was well packed to survive a long trip from China.Ā The declared parameters of the R26-09 R-core transformer’s (via eBay) were supposed to be: Primary: 0-115VAC x2; Secondary:Ā 0-220VAC x2 with max total output current of 50mA and and 6.3VAC x2 with the total […]

USB flash drive no medium found

December 17th, 2016
Transcend Usb flash drive no medium found Format failed (0x1901)

I have ended with such error “Usb flash drive no medium found” too after writing different bootable Linux versions multiple times to my Transcend JetFlash 300 16GB USB flash drive. First, I got this error message in Windows OS.Ā Initially, I thought that the issue was only only on Windows OS. So, I just booted to […]

Loudspeaker repair

October 18th, 2016
upgrade loudspeakers repair mordaunt short ms35ti crossover

At the moment, I have two audio systems at home.Ā About one of them, I have written in my previous post onĀ building a vintage stereo system. The loudspeakers, which are used in that system, are two-way Mordaunt Short MS35Ti speakers. They sound really nice and produce very accurate sound.Ā I was quite lucky when I bought them […]

Healing Sony Xperia from Trojans

April 24th, 2016
Healing Sony Xperia from Viruses

It’s quite interesting. I would never thinkĀ that non-rooted Android could become a victim of rooted adware, viruses or Trojans. Well, but the things changed a bit. Some vulnerabilities which might be used forĀ a rooting tool can be used also for anotherĀ purpose – to infect with viruses and adware. One of my family members managed to […]

DIY re-celling laptop battery

March 7th, 2016
Re-celling laptop battery Panasonic Li-ion cells

I have a Sony VAIO VGN-SR59 laptop, which batteries capacity significantly dropped from ageing šŸ™ ThisĀ laptop is already something like six years old. From the economical point, it is not worth to buy a new genuine Sony battery anymore because they are quite expensive. However the laptop runs still reasonable well for its age. But […]

Making the most of your Brother laser printer

January 28th, 2016
Tweak Brother printer

Recently, I got myĀ Brother mono printerĀ andĀ made a print server from Raspberry Pi. The printer’s quality isĀ quiteĀ OK. I mean the black&white prints are really good. But the problem comes when you print something not from your text editor (poor b&w) but let’s say your flight ticket from a pdf file. Challenges of printing grey shades You […]

DIY print server from RPi

December 9th, 2015
DIY print server from RPi for brother printer

I have bought a Brother HL-2300D mono laser printer which has only an USB connection.Ā Before that, I used a printer accessible through the network and I admit it was very convenient šŸ™‚ So, I started to miss this function … What are the options for printer server? At least in my case, one option is […]