[muglo] Re: Storm Protection

Here's my answer, friends.  Expensive,  but it lets me sleep at night !
After last year's fiasco of brownouts etc - I decided that the $ cost 
of fried Macs, and lost info without backup was insignificant in 
comparison with my time in trying to recoup everything. Tempus fugit 
for me !!

I wanted to leave my G5 on 24/7 whether in or out of my dwelling - and 
not having to arise for middle of the night storms!

After much investigation and help from Peter Miazga, I bought an APC C5 
BackUp unit (expensive!) which automatically shuts my Mac down, after a 
preset save time, with or without my  physical presence.

Power bars etc are ok for a limited (and not inexpensive) solution, but 
I sought a more sophisticated, fail-safe system.  It's operated okay 
now for 9 months through all sorts of storms and brown outs.

We have to face the fact that we do live in 'tornado alley ' here in 
SWO,  plus connection with the US powergrid  :-)

My 2 cents worth  ( well not quite that !! )

Ilbert



On 12 Jun 2004, at 9:40 AM, N. Barry Alexander wrote:

> I also had my iMac fried once in a thunderstorm.  So, if there is a 
> storm
> nearby, I unplug everything just to be safe. I'm sure the powerbar with
> surge protection work, but I'm not sure if I'm going to trust it. 
> Better
> safe than sorry.
>
> Barry A.
>
>
>
>
> On 6/12/04 8:45 AM, "Marty Peterson" <marty.peterson@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
>
>> I have held a bad experience with my MAC plugged into a wall outlet.  
>> In
>> September 2002, I had plugged my MAC into the wall, the same outlet 
>> as the
>> answering machine.  Through the night we had a terrible thunder storm 
>> that
>> hit the house or close to it.  The answer machine was fried but the 
>> compute=
>> r
>> seemed fine.  Over the next couple of weeks the computer began to 
>> become
>> slower and slower.  Thinking the problem was a lack of RAM, I order 
>> more fo=
>> r
>> it. (PowerBook G3 with standard 64mb).  Six or seven pieces of RAM 
>> later we
>> discovered that it was damaged by a power surge from the lighting. 
>> This of
>> course meant replacing the computer totally and I now have a G4 
>> PowerBook
>> that I immediately unplug it from everything during a storm and 
>> continue to
>> work on battery.=20
>>
>> Marty
>>
>>
>> On 6/12/04 8:29 AM, "Theresa Roth" <theresaroth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>
>>>> With all the storms that we have had recently - and who knows for 
>>>> the
>>>> future!! - is it necessary to turn off the power, unplug the supply
>>>> and/or disconnect the telephone line to the modem?  It seems these 
>>>> days
>>>> that people leave their computers on in storms!!  Perhaps they are 
>>>> more
>>>> robust now?
>>>> =20
>>>> Paul
>>>> =20
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>>> I left mine on as I=B9ve never had a problem.  I do have a $35 
>>> powerbar whi=
>> ch
>>> I=B9m not sure if it=B9s also a surge protector.  Here=B9s what 
>>> happened:  My
>>> o=
>> ld
>>> TV got cooked (straight horizontal line), my water heater fried, my 
>>> furna=
>> ce
>>> merely shut off, a cordless phone fried and I was without phone 
>>> service f=
>> or
>>> 48 hours.  My Mac is ok but the phone jacks in the powerbar are 
>>> fried. I
>>> assume the powerbar protected my Mac from surges both through the 
>>> electri=
>> cal
>>> and phone lines.  But now, I can=B9t use the phone jacks in the 
>>> powerbar an=
>> d
>>> must plug the Mac into the wall directly.  I=B9m unsure of whether 
>>> this wil=
>> l
>>> prevent surges and/or damages in the future.
>>> =20
>>> Theresa
>>> =20
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