Although it is rare that we get actual power cuts here in Cambridge, every now and then we get a kind of blip – and that resets EVERYTHING. But not when you have an Uninterruptible Power Supply!
Here’s a picture of the unit I have. Although at 2200W it will handle loads of equipment, I find these days the power consumption of everything is so much lower (especially with flat screen monitors). That means I get longer time on backup battery if we have an outage for an hour or two. I used to have 10 (yes 10!) add on power packs to keep me going, but I just don’t need them any more.
I find myself sitting in my office and the lights go all funny and I can hear the heating/cooling missing a beat or two, but my computers and my network and internet connection all just go on without a care in the world. We all know how annoying it is to lose where you are, to restart your systems and to hope that what you were working on has been saved – yes it’s a pain in the neck. I’m so glad I don’t feel that pain.