I don’t care who you are, or what do you do – if you use a desktop computer, you should have a UPS under your desk. And no, I don’t mean United Parcel Service. Although that would be kinda cool – whenever I would need something I would just drop it under my desk, and they would process it and ship it out immediately. We’d have to shrink them though, or use like gnomes or something… Do you think we could retrain Underpants Gnomes to work at UPS?
Anyway, I digress. What I meant is that you should have a Uninterruptible Power Supply underneath your desk. Why? Well, lets take today as an example. I was sitting at my desk, when all of a sudden I felt a great disturbance in the force as if dozens of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. These were the voices of desktop users in the office, and they synced up with a mild brownout. The lights dimmed and flickered only for a second or two, but it was enough for every single desktop not attached to a UPS on this floor to shut down hard.
Some people lost work, others got their Outlook PST file corrupted and few people could not even boot their machine afterwards. Fun times all around. If each of these people had even a $50 el cheepo UPS under their desk, none of this would happen. They would be happily chugging along just like all the laptop users who never even noticed the brownout.
Needless to say, after all the crying and moaning subsided I got the boss to agree to buy a batch of relatively cheep UPS devices to install for all the desktop workstations. We do get these kinds of power interruptions few times a month, and every single time it’s the same story. I have no clue why I didn’t think about this solution earlier.
And yes, even a really, really cheep UPS that is really just a glorified surge protector with 5 minutes worth of juice inside can save you a major headache, lost work and possible software and hardware damage caused by a hard reset. It’s not just for servers and critical machines. These of course deserve a really good UPS that costs a bundle and weighs a metric ton. You know what I mean, if you ever had to move one of those by yourself. But your regular office workstations, and you family PC at home also deserve some kind of protection. I really think that almost any device that doesn’t take kindly to hard resets, should have a ups of some sort attached to it. Hell, if you own a device and it would make you upset if it shut down unexpectedly while you were using it should probably have one. Not just computers – maybe your Xbox could use one too – this way you won’t loose progress – and hell, maybe you won’t even get disconnected from the multiplayer server. So go and get one or two UPS’s now, and thank me later. You will be grateful that you did next time you experience a brownout, or your power goes out.
[tags]ups, uninteruptible power source, power outage, brownout, desktop[/tags]