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Batten Down Your (Computer’s) Hatches
With winter on the way, we’ve already seen a few power outages hit the area. As I write this there is a storm brewing out in the ocean. As we prepare for wilder weather, don’t forget your computer. Power outages themselves aren’t as big a problem for your equipment as power surges are. Power surges can damage electronic equipment including your PC or laptop.
Having your computer connected to a surge protector can help with fluctuating power issues by helping to regulate the voltage that is passing through your electrical system to your devices that are plugged in to it. Make sure that you are purchasing a surge protector and not just a power strip. Not all power strips are surge protectors. Some surge protectors have a light on them to indicate whether the protection properties are still functioning as they like most other things do wear out from time to time.
Surge protectors won’t keep you from losing any unsaved data that you may be working on your desktop computer when an outage happens. For that you would need a UPS device. This is an Uninterrupted Power Supply or a battery backup. Some battery backup devices have surge protectors included in at least some of its available outlets. Battery backups will keep your computer running long enough for you to save your data and turn off your machine. UPS can run from around $100 into the thousands. Of course, if you are using a laptop, you have a built-in power source until you can save your data.
Have a great week!
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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