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Power Outage

by tgposzadmin on November 26th, 2006

This morning, we suffered a 1.5 hour power outage. It reminds me how sensitive technology is to the basics, such as electricity.

I have a UPS battery backup for my router and cable modem, since for convenience I might want to use the VoIP phone line for an hour or so, during the early part of an outage. This VoIP line is used throughout the house, but as I say – it’s a convenient to keep it running.

My burglar alarm has it’s own battery backup, so it will still work for a couple of days, dialing out on the land line.

The laptop(s) have a battery, but then they are only good for a hour or 2.

Reminds me that about a year ago, I spec’d out what it would take to go totally solar. The answer was $75k, about $20-25k out of pocket.

Oh, and Murphy was alive and kicking this morning as well. Since we have well water here, without electricity, there isn’t much water pressure to do an entire shower. I called my neighbor to hook up a garden hose to his house (something I’ve done in the past) since he has city water. But he wasn’t home.

Hey, I used to be a Boy Scout, right? Some water in the sink, boil some water on the stove (I am civilized, ok) combine in the sink and tah dah… I can at least sponge bathe and wash my hair… Water done, combined, all set to apply lather…

the power comes on.

From → Misc, Telephony

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