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Laptops too?
Authored by: imageworx on Oct 11, '05 11:52:24AM

Laptops do have the advantage here (for continuous power). However, surges, spikes,... can still do harm. And a cheap powerstrip merely has a "cheap" protection (likely a choke or cap). You are saving money only on outlets. Nothing more. Check manufacturer for ratings and specifications. Again, a voltage regulator either builtin or separate isolation transformer can give you clean power (when its there).

Don't forget damage can come from the modem cable (if you use dial up) as a POTS line can handle up to 500Volts (Tip ring).
I would recommend a decent surge protector at minimum that filters modem wire. You can also add surge/lightning protector to Coax line (Cable modem) or telco line (DSL) to protect from outside problems.

And it might sound silly, but humidity is important in winter climates (that tend to get dry). That static charge (high voltage) you build up from the carpet (or synthetic micro fleece) can generate enough to fry not only your computer hardware but also flash cards, USB keys and other sensitive electronics. A humidifier (inline or room unit) can help.

To BeOS or Not to BeOS

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Laptops too?
Authored by: lucite on Oct 18, '05 09:47:23PM

Why would you want to protect your Coax line? Just for the modem, or can electrical issues go through ethernet wiring too?

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