I live in Atlantic Canada, and in the past year significant, long lasting power outages have become extremely common. We can't afford a generator. What other things would may family and I most benefit from, and what is the best/most reliable ways to power devices? I have a limited budget so we're talking bang for your buck. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Aug 15, 2014 -
Let's say you have a global disaster where the traditional web is no longer available (all ISPs are down, or a virus/cyber-attack incapacitates the web for entire regions of the world). What are the data communication alternatives in this sort of context? Is anyone still running a BBS? Does anyone even have a dialup modem anymore? Is there something better than this? [more inside]
posted by furtive
on Feb 25, 2013 -
I am tired of this damn computer and its numerous problems. Before this, I've had to replace newly bought RAM and a new HDD, a motherboard and oh so much more. Anyway, moving on. After a power outage I had while running my computer, it has never been the same. [more inside]
posted by johnx
on Oct 3, 2012 -
On Sunday morning we had a power outage here. My Mac's power adapter seems to have gone bad as a result, but none of my other computer parts did. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by circular
on Aug 18, 2010 -
Looking for community shelter in case of power outage in Greenlake/Ravenna area of Seattle this weekend. [more inside]
posted by mumstheword
on Dec 20, 2008 -
Apropos of today's Amazon.com outage: how much, in dollars per second, does an outage cost a company like Amazon.com?
posted by scrump
on Aug 21, 2006 -
We had a severe thunderstorm yesterday evening where we live in northern Virginia, and later the lights would not work in the bathrooms. The power in the rest of the house works normally. At no time during the storm did the lights even blink. Afterwards, when I checked, the circuit breakers were all in the "on" position. I tried switching them on and off but to no avail. We live in a townhouse that was built in 1976. I'm wondering if there's any kind of quick fix I could do before having to call a professional.
posted by NinaLee
on Jun 26, 2006 -
Anybody know what's happened to plastic.com? I haven't been able to get to it in over a week. Is the site down? Anyone know what the story is?
posted by jwest
on May 9, 2006 -
Is there a major Internet backbone down somewhere? And how can we check it? I notice Dreamhost is inaccessible. Doing a tracert
via my ISP, and using the tools at all-nettools.com, tracert.com, etc, neither can even get onto a backbone. Is a chunk of the nation out right now?
posted by rolypolyman
on Sep 12, 2005 -
We had a power outage, now one computer on my network cannot connect to the internet. What happened? [more inside]
posted by phox
on Aug 13, 2005 -
My wonderful Dell has a quirk: suddenly streaming media, antivirus updates, and MSN messenger are no longer able to connect. My netwrok settings 'seem' okey-dokey, so short of a long ass tech support call to India*, what gives?
*Not that I have any misgivings about that fabulous region.
posted by moonbird
on Jun 26, 2004 -