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Monday, March 5th, 2007
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The power went out for 45 seconds today, which was enough to kill the battery in my UPS. Thanks to my meticulous record keeping, I know that this battery lasted 1249 days*, or about 3½ years. Three is the minimum, so I shouldn't be surprised or anything.

I did have to run to Wal-Mart to pick up a cheap-o power strip to plug my computers into until I get a new battery. I considered stopping at Radio Shack on the way, but I decided it would be pretty unlikely that they stock RBCs.

* Using python, of course:
>>> from datetime import date
>>> date.today() - date(2003,10,3)
datetime.timedelta(1249)
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From: preshgsi
2007-03-05 09:14 pm (UTC)
Did the UPS totally stop working even as a power strip? Or did the battery just die? And if the battery just died, why not use IT until the new one comes in?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2007-03-05 09:22 pm (UTC)
The dead battery alarm beeps continuously, perhaps 120 times per minute, until the battery is replaced. I'd sooner go computerless :)
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2007-03-06 01:39 am (UTC)
oh man, why does peco suck so badly? my power was out last week repeatidly. >_<
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2007-03-06 03:49 am (UTC)
Man I remember when you got that thing. I was amazed Fedex had no problems shipping a small cube that weighed 20lbs. Those things are perfectly sized and weighted to be enriched uranium cores.

Living in Baltimore does have its drawbacks but one good thing is that I'm 2 blocks from a major transformer and no overhanging trees to threaten the lines between me and it. I've never had my power go out unscheduled.
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