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The Rise & Fall Of Electronics Today International

08 April 2011

40 years ago this month, a brash new electronics magazine burst onto the scene in Australia: Electronics Today - later called Electronics Today International or simply ETI. It really caused a stir and provided stiff competition to the long-established "bible", Electronics Australia. Here is the story of how it began, as told by ETI's founding editor, Collyn Rivers.

Salvage It! - A Vacuum Pump From Junk

14 March 2011

Every young techie needs a vacuum pump. They rate alongside the air compressor, multimeter and soldering iron as one of the most useful tools to take their place in the arsenal. This guide will show you how to make a serious vacuum pump for next-to-nothing. Add a vacuum tank for much the same price and you are loaded for bear.

Community TV Station TVS

08 March 2011

If you watch digital TV in mainland capitals, you may have come across a "community" channel. In Sydney it's a station called TVS, which has a range of interesting programs, quite different to those on main-stream stations. So what is TVS and who are the people behind it?

Microchip's New PIC32 Microcontroller

02 March 2011

Name something which is very useful, where you get more than you will ever likely need and at a cost that is trivial. Enter the newest processor in the Microchip stable

How Switchmode Controllers Work

14 February 2011

Ever wondered how switchmode regulator ICs work? Here's everything you need to know but were afraid to ask.

The Greenline 33 Diesel/Electric Hybrid Power Boat

08 February 2011

Many people have a love of boating. But boaties tend to fall into one of two camps, sail or power - and the two seldom see eye-to-eye. Power boaties find yachts a problem because they always seem to demand right of way (even when not under sail!) and yachties turn their noses up at power boats for being noisy, smelly and so on - they call 'em "stink boats". But what if there was a power boat that could also appeal to yachties? There is: the Greenline 33.

We Drive Mitsubishi's i-MiEV Electric Car

02 February 2011

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is that it is so unremarkable. It is a fully electric vehicle but more importantly, it is a compact hatchback that can transport four adults practical distances in comfort, after just a few hours of charging.

A Cheap High-Current Bench Power Supply

17 January 2011

If you've ever had to buy a high-current bench supply, you'll know they don't come cheap. But you may well have such a supply sitting unloved and (until now!) unwanted in the back of a cupboard. It's the power supply in that old computer you never quite got around to throwing away!

Review: Tekway DST1102B 100MHz DSO

08 January 2011

Digital storage 'scope technology has pushed ahead in leaps and bounds over the last few years. Each new model offers higher sampling rates, wider bandwidth, deeper sample memory plus a full colour display growing in both resolution and screen size - combined with shrinking physical size and a lower price tag than previous models. Here's a look at the DST1102B from Chinese firm Tekway, showing just how far DSOs have come to date. It offers an impressive array of features, for a price that simply blows away most of the competition.

VAST: Australia's New Digital TV Satelite Service

02 January 2011

Back in April last year, the Australian Government announced a landmark agreement that will eventually provide high quality digital TV services to viewers who cannot receive terrestrial digital TV (ie, digital TV services from transmission towers in their area).

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