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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-05 09:08 PM
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7. An UPS is THE BEST surge protector there is
Here's why: When your computer is hooked to an UPS, it's actually battery powered. The UPS continually charges the battery.

Now here's the trick: the battery pile in the UPS absorbs all the surges, spikes, transients and other crap in your local electricity. All that comes out of it is nice clean AC.

You must have an UPS if you have a Unix machine. There are a pile of files a Unix machine opens when it runs, and a power failure can munch any one of them. Munch a system file, your Unix box won't work anymore. This goes equally for Linux and Mac OS X machines.

You also need one on an XP machine. Same reason.

You should have one on a pre-Win2000 Windows machine or pre-OS X Mac.

What good's a surge protector? It gives you enough sockets to plug your whole computer in.

UPSes are very good things to have. My aquariums are plugged into one--if I lose power, I won't lose fish. My tattoo artist plugs his tattoo machine power supplies into UPSes--he says having your machine stop before you want it to will just piss you off. (The room light is plugged into one too.)
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