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perigrin (3495)

perigrin
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After Middle School Chris bounced through various high schools around the state of Florida for a bit. He ended up getting a BA (in English) from the University of Central Florida at about the time others his age were getting their MAs. His (now) wife, their child, and he went to Europe for a bit (there was a programming job in Scotland) and came back unemployed where upon he got offered a job in St. Paul. He moved on from that job after a few years to one where he was paid to do the things he previously did as a hobby. That sounds much more exciting than it really was. Really his life is based on two kids, two cats, and a bunny.

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Monday August 13, 2007
10:28 PM

Power to the People

[ #34102 ]

We had lights for all of 5 out of the last 66 hours (and yes it is out again).

Storms with 70mph winds blew through here at 4am Saturday night, wreaking havoc and throwing 100K+ people in the cities into darkness. Since our line only holds about 50 people (despite being in teh center of the city!) we were last on the list to get repaired. They fixed it this evening early enough for us to clean out the sodden fridge, and the now-thawed freezer and fix a meager meal of what we had been able to save.

We were just finishing dinner as the news was reporting of a second storm blowing through the area. My wife sent me out to move her car out of Hail range, and I was waling back in from the garage when POP, sizzle ... the transformer blew out (with pretty green sparks).

I sit here again in the dark, wondering if I will have power tomorrow. *sigh*

Also: Vonage doesn't work without electricity.

UPDATE: after 81 hours we have electricity again.

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  • When I first got VoIP several years ago through my cable company (huge discount for having phone + cable + internet), they did not provide any type of battery backup and my UPS was already strained with my 22 inch monitor and honking tower.

    I recently switched to a new cable provider and was suprised that the cable modem and phone MTA are now in the same device with 9 hours of onboard battery backup. The only draw back is that you need to use a corded phone because most cordless phones won't function withou
    • Vonage themselves do not. But high on my wishlist now is a pair (my network is fairly spread out with the voip box on the upstairs switch, and the cable modem and main router in the basement with the kurobox) of UPSes.