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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: alfrank on Oct 11, '05 02:02:42PM

I think the american people should finally make an inquiry to their government for underground power lines !

Here in germany those power problems caused by storms or other weather effects are virtually unknown, because we mostly do have underground power lines...



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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: axello on Oct 11, '05 03:24:59PM
Ditto in the Netherlands. I think we've had one blackout for a couple of minutes the past 10 years or so.
I'm afraid what the future of privatisation will bring to the electrical power stability. When I look at the Californian power issue, I'm shaking my head in disbelieve.

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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: Makosuke on Oct 11, '05 04:00:16PM

For me and my unreliable Northern California power (how come I have to get browned out when LA is running too many air conditioners 1000 miles away?), I like my APC. Their software was ok, but slow updates for new versions of the OS lead me to just stick with OSX's built-in ability to communicate with it, which works well enough and requires absolutely no additional software (nice). Just wish it had an option to shut the UPS down after the computer, but the power isn't usually out for that long when I'm not home, anyway, so oh well.

Anyway, though: "Here, here!" The stupidity of above-ground powerlines here in the US is hard to fathom. I suppose it was originally a response to having plenty of trees to cut down and a whole lot of distance to cover, but I'd think we'd have moved past those days for anything other than super-high-voltage long-distance trasmission lines (which never get knocked down in a storm, anyway).

Most utilities and/or municipalities are just too cheap to make the changeover, I suppose, although my town is apparently moving everything underground this year (yay for prettier skies!).

As they say: Sure, it's harder to get to underground lines to fix them... except since they're underground they ALMOST NEVER BREAK!

Speaking as someone who's gone two weeks without power after major storms, I yearn for buried lines. Of course, here in California the power would probably go out all the time anyway, but that's for a different reason...



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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: zo219 on Mar 08, '08 07:15:27PM

Our powerlines are aboveground because we were so damn early in getting electricity to everyone. Probably be last to redo everything and get them underground.



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A few tips on picking a UPS for your Mac
Authored by: mike666 on Oct 11, '05 07:27:37PM

Actually, I live in a suburb of San Diego and all our ulitities are underground. We still have bad power though becuase we share the grid with the Navy, the Marines and Tijuana... Sometimes all it takes is one bad boy on the same line. Also most power distribution stations are still above ground - at least over here. Is this not the case in Germany and the Netherlands? I would guess that most European power plants are also not as over-subscribed as in the US. We are power-hungry little rascals... ;)



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