1959 was a strange year for Stratocasters as Fender gradually transitioned the fretboards from maple to rosewood, pickguards from 1-ply to 3-ply and the drilling pattern from 8-hole to 11-hole. According to various sources, pretty much any combination of those three could’ve happened during the summer as Fender was putting guitars together from whatever parts they had in stock at the time.
An essential part of any data centre is a comprehensive monitoring and alerting infrastructure, which enables network and system administrators to respond quickly and correctly to various issues. While such systems monitor most components vital to day-to-day operations, a significant one is often overlooked.
Before I start, here’s the TL;DR: Custom firmwares are not possible for Touch & Go without breaking open the device and possibly soldering stuff on it. Don’t try it - you’ll most probably ruin your device.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s continue.
Out of curiosity, I wanted to find out what’s lurking inside the Touch & Go unit I have on my car. The device itself reveals very little information about its internals, but a firmware update image provided by the manufacturer was a great source for lots of interesting information.
So far my desktop computer has been stuffed with hard drives and has, among its other tasks, provided storage services to all my other devices at home. This is not quite ideal as the computer is often rebooted between operating systems, making some services unavailable at times. Since these days almost everything from game consoles to telephones connect with a network, it’s starting to make sense to have a dedicated disk server providing fault tolerant data storage and NAS services on the home LAN.
The mid-2010 Mac Pro came equipped with a 1TB WD Black hard drive. Upgrading the system disk onto an SSD speeds up the system quite significantly, so here’s a short gallery on how to fit a 2.5" SSD to the Mac Pro.