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    bah...lightning

    Lightning struck near our house last night, and took out the cable modem, the router, and one of our computers.

    The ISP replaced the modem for free, luckily, but it still sucks.
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    that does suck, but at least it's fixed now.

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    When I hear thunder. I shutdown -h now and unplug everything as fast as I can. I'm paranoid like that.

    But I don't know. Maybe I should tape off my hard drive, wait for a decent lightning storm, let it get burnt to hell. Maybe insurance would give me a better one.

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    Hah, it's sort of fixed. I still need to get a new router (insurance might cover it), and we're out a computer (insurance won't pay much for a 266mhz probably)
    Away.

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    You should get a surge supressor with, at least, 900 Joules of protection. Also, an online UPS would be good, but they cost alot if you want to get one that can support over 300Watts for a decent amount of time to save your work and shut down.
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    I was almost done installing Linux when lightning knocked the power out at my house. I wouldn't have started the installation if I knew it was going to storm, but, because this was an old computer, it was a couple of hours earlier that I had started the installation, and it was sunny then. For my newer computer, I don't mess around: I immediately shut down the computer and unplug everything.

    I have seen worse though. Lightning struck a power line behind a row of houses across the street from where I live, and that caused sparks to fly everywhere and smoke to come out as the surge moved down the line. I was lucky that it only knocked out the power across the street. In the next couple of days, as the power company was fixing the power line, it began storming again! They didn't seem too happy about that.

    It's been looking like it's going to storm here for the past several hours. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

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    The computer we lost was connected to a UPS with surge protection AND another surge protector, but wasn't unplugged. The charge may have gone through the ethernet. However, if it did, it only knocked out that computer. Heh, all of our computer stuff is either on a UPS, surge protector, or some combination of the two, except the router and modem. ...I think I should fix that.
    Away.

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    Can you get surge protectors for phone lines? I might have the same problem. I use surge prtotectors on everything else and unplug, etc.. but that's a concern for me now.

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    Can you get surge protectors for phone lines?
    Yes, and they make one cable(coax) too.

    I have a couple of them, even for my 'klassics' (apple 2, commodores...).

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    I've seen some pretty expensive surge protectors. Pretty neat lookin hehe...
    We rarely get lighting near here and when we do it's always several miles away from our house
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    I do tech support for a US cable internet company, and we get quite a few calls whenever there's a storm. We even have people who think that their cable internet should be up when there is no power...
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    We even have people who think that their cable internet should be up when there is no power...
    That would be nice.

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    Aye, it would be... if only cable modems didn't need power...
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    Unlike you people, I ALWAYS make sure to back up all of my 124.8 gigs of porn.
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    >> 124.8 gigs of porn.
    Bah. That's it?
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