Power failure

posted by Jeff | Friday, May 26, 2006, 12:49 PM | comments: 0

I had plans last night to write some code and make progress on my projects, and do more vacuuming. Those dreams were shattered when the power went out around 9 p.m. Funny how loud the tornado horns are when you have no computers or a refrigerator on.

In the storm, I realized that I was really not ready for disaster mode. Yeah, that's kind of dorky, I know, but I like to know what's going on when things get ugly. The first problem is that the rechargeable batteries for my scanner don't hold a charge anymore. I put regular AA's in it, and that was OK. But then the frequencies I used to scan aren't current. The local police are on a different frequency now, though I was able to find them. There were sirens all over the dark city, so I was curious to find out what was going on (there was a major accident, and someone crashed into a house). The Skywarn ham radio people had nothing to say.

The other problem I had was that I couldn't write code, because my source code database is online, so I couldn't get the latest code. My UPS is old, and I have my desktop on it along with my cable modem and router. I didn't think to turn off my desktop, so it died quickly, and my laptop was no longer connected.

I'll know better next time.


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