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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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