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Aug. 23rd, 2008 | 11:25 pm

Yesterday our power was out for about 6 hours, I've wanted to set up some solar for "essential services". Unfortunately its hard to do in an apartment.

I wonder for how many others "essential services" is enough power for internet and a laptop and a small light.

I also wished the pasadena water and power page had more automated information about things going on. They really should be able to have a system status reporting what areas currently have service.

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Dilinger

Power / Internet

from: dilinger
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
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How does this address that your local connection may also not have power. Dslam, or headend on cable.
I suppose if you were on an Air card to a tower or something.

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Diane Trout

Re: Power / Internet

from: alienghic
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
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Well it was a partial black out, so other parts of Pasadena had power.

We did have internet while we ran the router & cable modem off our ups for a couple of hours.

I'm also interested in mesh networking technologies which would keep some kind of network up as long as some wireless routers can see each other.

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Our internet connection went out this morning, again. Ordinarily this affects only me because F'zer is at work. This morning it got F'zer, and he gave some poor bumbling guy in India an earful.

Shortly thereafter, he got beeped from work, something to do with one of the transmitters. Which he normally deals with over an internet connection. Which he didn't have.

This led me to suggest that perhaps his employer could pay for us to switch over to AT&T, since Charter is getting flakier and flakier by the day.

The nature of what is essential service is evolving!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
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A number of the sysadmins at caltech like dsl extreme.

Though for backup internet service, sprint/verizon have wireless connections that are good for about 1 to 2 Mbit.

Also in my experience cable modems seem to wear out after a year or two.

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
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We tried to get DSL before (Earthlink/Covad) and after months of wrangling and no DSL it was finally determined we were too far from the switch. That was a long time ago, though, so I am hoping things have changed. We got an attractive offer from AT&T in yesterday's mail. Since F'zer's work provider is AT&T I'm thinking maybe he can sell the boss on paying for him to switch so he has a better shot at being able to connect when he needs to.

The cable modem we're using is the one Blink and Triskellion had in the Studio of Iniquity. It's been checked out by Charter multiple times (they always assume it's our modem causing the problem) and even they admit it's workiing fine. This is not to say that we shouldn't be thinking about replacing it, though.

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Bolowolf

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from: bolowolf
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you on essential services...though I might add refrigerator. I would hate for that food to go to waste.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 24th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Refridgerators would be the next on the list for things to provide back up power to, its just there's a big jump in how much electricity and hardware you need to support them.

Laptops and small embedded computers are running over low voltage DC. for the fridge you need a decent AC inverter.

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