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Old 08-28-2008, 06:48 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by John Spragens View Post
Ooo ... don't semi-consider a UPS. Put it on your shopping list. Well, yes, surge protection is the biggie. I just hate to think of the power going out and there being no time to shut things down. Bound to happen sometime when you're working on an important and have gotten so involved with the project that you've forgotten to save for 15 minutes.

Or maybe you have the Command-S reflex built in so you don't have to think about it now.

I developed my prejudices in favor of working UPS units at a Florida newspaper. I started there in the middle of the thunderstorm season, and at the time the paper was waiting for replacement batteries for the UPS that protected the editing and page layout computer (a Hastech system). In the absence of a functioning UPS, every time a lightning strike bounced the power enough to reboot the Hastech, we had to wait 15 minutes (on deadline!) for the system to come back up. Worst night, we had three reboots.
Hmmm. We had a huge thread about this after my iMac died a couple of weeks ago (see “iMac meltdown”). After hemming and hawing a bit, I clearly saw the need for surge protection. And I am finally getting set to implement a decent backup system (the big hard drive has been sitting on the floor under a stack of papers for months).

I figured the jury is out on the UPS (for me, I mean — not philosophically). Can always regret later.

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