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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2011-08-01 5:01 PM (#77091)
Subject: It was a dark and stormy.....



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This weeks we've had two users have computer problems because their computers were on during a storm and there was a power surge.

When I see the dark clouds come over the mountains - I shut down.

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ChristineBrown
Posted 2011-08-01 5:20 PM (#77092 - in reply to #77091)
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And if I see someone scowling at me, I shut down, oh wait, you meant your computer.....
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magenta
Posted 2011-08-02 6:31 AM (#77097 - in reply to #77092)
Subject: RE: It was a dark and stormy.....



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Like that Christine. Have been coping with a stormy 2-year old at work today. He punched me so now we can get the behaviour people in!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2011-08-03 9:11 AM (#77137 - in reply to #77091)
Subject: RE: It was a dark and stormy.....



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Report of another computer down.  It only takes a minute to close your computer and shut off power on the surge protector.

It takes more time to buy a new computer and install your programs again.

This is also a good time to remind you to "Back up".

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cfonfold
Posted 2011-08-03 10:27 AM (#77139 - in reply to #77091)
Subject: RE: It was a dark and stormy.....



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And not just storms--111 deg. weather can bring a grid down very unexpectedly. And turning your computer off when not in use will also help ease the burden on local resources.

Coopie

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Laura P.
Posted 2011-08-03 12:15 PM (#77147 - in reply to #77091)
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May I also mention that all of us who have "computerized" sewing machines may wish to also unplug them! (Actually, I do that before unplugging the computer! The computer is cheaper!)

Laura
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2011-08-03 12:32 PM (#77153 - in reply to #77091)
Subject: RE: It was a dark and stormy.....



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You are right about the computer being cheaper than the sewing machines.
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Beverly A.
Posted 2011-08-03 7:55 PM (#77165 - in reply to #77091)
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OR: Get an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS for short). That way your computer keeps on running and you can shut it down in an orderly manner. We have several, for the computers and for the TIVO, too.
Beverly A.
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Jumala
Posted 2016-03-23 11:20 AM (#91062 - in reply to #77091)
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If not using the computer, I shut it down, sometimes for weeks until I feel going back to it. My electronic sewing machine had a bad power board which cost me $140 locally. Now a surge protector is used. My serger is all mechanical and do not have to worry about it as much, except for the motor, pedal and light.

Dennis
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