[conspire] A timely question.
dan.bikle at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 12:58:35 PDT 2012
Caution is good.
On 4/13/12, Paul Zander <paulz at ieee.org> wrote:
> About 3 years ago, on a calm sunny day I was typing at my computer. My plan
> was to send an important email then shut down the computer and enjoy the day
> Ssuddenly the screen went black. With the sunlight streaming in the
> windows, it wasn't immediately obvious that all the electricity in the house
> was off! Something had happened with PG&E. Power was off for a mile
> around. When power was restored, the computer was not. The power supply
> and mother board needed to be replaced. Fortunately the hard drives with
> all the data survived.
> Last night as I was starting on my taxes, there was a bright flash followed
> by a loud boom. Having grown up in Ohio where thunderstorms are common, I
> instinctively started counting when I saw the flash. 5 seconds before the
> sound is about a mile. Last night, I had counts as short as 2!
> I shut down the computer, switched off the power strip, unplugged the LAN
> cables from the AT&T box and then unplugged the power strip with "so-called"
> surge protection.
> So was I being overly cautious?
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