Fender “Classic Player 1959” – part 1: Introduction, finding a neck and a body

Fender “Classic Player 1959” – part 1: Introduction, finding a neck and a body

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. While the possibility of having a wild, non-standard configuration such as a rosewood fretboard with an 8-hole 3-ply pickguard would not have been completely impossible,…

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Enterprise grade coffee infrastructure monitoring

Enterprise grade coffee infrastructure monitoring

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. Most NOCs and IT departments simply would not function at all if they don’t have a steady supply of fresh coffee. While high availability configurations using two coffee pots can mitigate the problem of running out of coffee, they can actually introduce latency…

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How the firmware updates work on Toyota Touch & Go

How the firmware updates work on Toyota Touch & Go

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…

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