We live so far out of town that we can’t get DSL or cable Internet.
That doesn’t pertain to this post except to help explain this: We seem to have frequent power outages, interruptions, and/or disruptions — especially in the winter time.
Over the years, that has translated into lots of time lost due to the power failing and the computers going dead. Even when the power merely winks off and on, it means lost work and/or corrupted files. For certain, it means having to reboot and start over.
Well, two or three months ago I decided that was enough of that. So I purchased and installed an APC Battery Backup unit.
Yesterday morning during computing time, the power winked. The printer shut off and restarted. The answering machine went through its routine. My ThinkPad beeped its way from AC to battery to AC.
But our desktop Dell just kept right on as though nothing had happened.
Because my APU did its job — it kept delivering uninterrupted power to the desktop.
Hey! Maybe that’s why they call it a UPS sometimes! (You know, Uninterrupted Power Supply.)
Anyway, that’s the first time the thing earned its purchase price.
That was fun to experience.
And I’m thankful.
(PS: I bought mine from Circuit City’s website. You could buy it from Amazon.)