Thursday, July 24, 2008
Why You Need a UPS
This post is about being smart with your computer investments (and shares a little bit about my clumsiness.)
Yesterday I posted to my blog and then sat relaxing with my coffee and started work on another post. BAM! I tipped my travel mug of coffee over. Being of superhero descent (OK, just kidding there, but I did respond quickly) I grabbed it before more spilled onto the desk. This was a great relief, I wiped up the small puddle which had missed the computer, the keyboard, and the digital camera - all of which were close, but unscathed. Whew!
Trying to be overcautious, I decided to flip on the desk lamp just to be sure that I had gotten it all. ZAP! The lamp flicked off and the UPS (or battery backup on the computer) started beeping and audibly telling me that the power source for the computer had failed. So I figured that the lamp had short-circuited and blown a fuse. Then I went out to the garage fussed with the fuse box, but just kept tripping the circuit.
Then, I raced back in and began inspecting...there was no coffee anywhere on the desk. Then I glanced down the side of the desk...hmm, a little coffee on the side of the drawers under the desk...hmm, more coffee on the UPS...hmm, in fact all down the side of it! As my husband explained, when I grabbed it I must have knocked a bit more out that then flew in an arc over the side of the desk without leaving a trail on the desk.
Moral of the Funny Story
OK, so I spilled coffee all over the UPS and caused a problem. Why does that mean you need to get a UPS? Because, if it wasn't there, the coffee would have gone all over the plug and short-circuited the computer, modem, wireless router, etc! We are talking loss of major investment!
Sounds like a freak accident...well, they happen. We already lost a computer to a freak surge that fried it and the other components that were attached. So, this is just a public service announcement...get yourself a UPS - your computer and peripherals are worth it. Oh, and the second service announcement is don't drink near your computer!
Above are a few sketches done while watching a video with my sons...just what was to hand.
Don't forget about the virtual sketch date...we have lots of new participation this time. Photos will be posted on Saturday.
Posted by Rose Welty