I used to work at AOL, and in August of 1996, everyone at the company learned a very painful lesson.
It’s one that I pay attention to to this day. And the item in my setup that best exemplifies this lesson is a very large, very heavy box sitting in my closet.
You should strongly consider one as well.
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Not specifically related to UPS’s. However, I was working tech support for AOL on that day. It was an exceptionally long day for us tech support folks. People absolutely lost their minds when they could not get online and as a result the phone lines went bonkers for the entire duration of the outage. The official outage was just over 19 hours. My day ended up being quite a bit longer than that. Fun times!
Wow! Small world. Were you in Vienna, or were you out in Dulles by then? Remember what Ted said that day? “We’re now officially a utility.”
Actually I was at the west coast technical support call center that they opened in Arizona in ’94. I was one of the first 30 people that AOL hired outside of Virginia. :) I still have my employee directory from around that time with Steve Case’s direct number in it.
Having worked at an IT equipment stalwart HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) we had dual power feeds from two different power providers at the former Compaq Computer Campus in Houston. It was intended to keep everything up and running in the worst of conditions. Once the power sources got 90 degrees out of phase and it took down the entire 8000 person campus. So much for over engineering. Actually our 135 rack sales data center stayed up on it’s battery and diesel generator backup system. When it was time to leave for the day we noticed everybody had gone home because there was no power in the facility. We never skipped a beat and kept running and never noticed any problem.
It’s *SO* much fun to watch you geek out!! :)
Your voice is like a warm blanket…always look forward to these videos every day.
Bringing back memories, David. I started with one of the first Atari 800s in 1979. It had a cassette tape drive. Fun.
When you talked about Compuserve, Delphi and AOL it reminded me of getting online with a 300 baud dial-up modem. Compuserve had just opened to non-business accounts, hosting email and bulletin boards on the fledgeling Internet (long before the WWW.) I had a two digit Programmer ID (this was before user IDs.)
When I moved to San Francisco in 1980 I joined a user group that met at Ft. Funston. We had Atari folks in all the time. I toured their HQ and met Sam Tramiel. I worked as a tech in a store that sold Epson PCs and printers, while I waited for a slot to open up on the PD.
Eventually I became a network engineer for the city and retired in 2000.
I don’t have a UPS but I do have a power conditioner. I use the Furman M-8×2 Merit Series 8.
APC by Schneider Electric, formerly known as American Power Conversion Corporation.
Are the surge protectors you get from ,say, Best Buy UPS’s? I didn’t think so. Maybe you should include UPS in your tech gear VO2gogo modules and your equipment package.
I’ve used an APS power backup / conditioner for years. Now it powers my booth and I’ve had cases where I came out and talked to my wife who said “what did you do during that power outage” to which I replied “what power outage”. Can’t recommend them enough for peace of mind. :) Thx, David.
Ooops – make that APC – not APS. ooops.
David, I followed your advice in 2015 July, after I had taken the ACX Mastermind class and bought from Amazon
At $48.60 APCBE350 Back-UPS350VA. and plugged it into the outlet in the wall. A bit later I bought WD MYBOOK and plugged that into the APC.
Everything has been going along fine, until bad weather/ dry / extreme cold, a couple of months ago and my computer kept playing up when I was recording narrating. Reinstalled Audacity but still had glitches. Didn’t know why. Just reinstalled, New Lame/ Audacity/ levelator and ready to get back to work and decided to clean my workspace while listening to your latest helpful tip for today.
Looked behind my desk to check what I had bought all that time ago and found I had never plugged my computer into the APC. OK FOLKS. Call me an idiot, but I’m three years into this computer game and had no knowledge, and no natural computing skills, but grateful to all of you for all your help and advice. Also I have a tendency to learn by mistakes, If something doesn’t work, the vacuum I take it to pieces to find what’s wrong, but sometimes can’t put it together again. Computers are another kettle of fish. I’m hoping by Listening to you David everyday, I just may learn an awful lot.Thanks MATE. Linda ( Funny, but I don’t feel stupid. Finally it’s all beginning to make sense)
I never knew about this. Thank you again for sharing. I am also passing this onto my daughter, a photographer, who (I believe) plugs her PC into the outlet. She has some amazing work it would be a shame to loose. Amazon, here we come!