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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: entr0py on Oct 11, '05 08:44:01AM

I always recommend APC products, but only where a battery backup is truly necessary -- servers and the like. As far as spikes &c go, however, I'm in deep doubt of the need for anything at all. In ten years of managing 125 Macs in four locations, none of which are plugged into a proper surge protector, the only equipment failure we ever had due to electrical issues was an HP LaserJet 4 printer. In one of those locations, our largest, we constantly have power issues compounded by the many fools plugging in overpowered heaters under their desks -- no problem for the Macs.

Save your money.



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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: pub3abn on Oct 11, '05 09:36:13AM

Regarding spikes, etc., I think it depends on environmental factors. I've seen a number of unprotected computers get zapped through electrical overloads. Even an instance where a computer was protected, but not the phone line into the modem, and a surge through the phone line fried the motherboard. For that reason I always get UPS backups that have support for phone and ethernet cables.

Also, I think UPS backups benefit more than server systems. Where I work (a television studio) there are brownouts and spikes every time they turn on the studio lighting. I've seen coworkers without UPS's lose hours of work (yes, they should have saved more often, although they undoubtedly would have lost some work regardless). With a UPS, I at least know that I have time to quit all my applications and save everything. That's a major factor for me, and would be for a lot of people I think.



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